2023 Toyota GR86: Same, Same, But a Little Different
The Toyota GR86 debuted for the 2022 model year and took the sports car market by storm. Formerly known as the Toyota 86, the 2022 Toyota GR86 donned a new style, a larger engine, and better handling dynamics. We recently reviewed the GR86 and were thoroughly impressed with it. Let’s see what Toyota has in store for the 2023 GR86.
When will the 2023 Toyota GR86 make its debut?
You can now build and price a 2023 Toyota GR86 on Toyota‘s site. We expect models to hit roads soon, as clicking through local dealership availability at the time of this update did not yield any results.
How much will the 2023 GR86 cost?
The 2023 GR86 starts at $27,900 in entry-level form and bumps to $30,500 starting for the GR86 Premium trim. According to Car and Driver, the GR86 Special Editon might start around $32,200, but since the Premium trim is less than that, we expect the SE to fall somewhere in the middle of the other two trims.
2023 Toyota GR86 specs: engine options, trim levels, and fuel economy
The 2022 Toyota GR86 has a 2.4-liter engine that delivers 228 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, which will not change for the 2023 model year. Of course, more power would be nice, but in our testing, we found that the power is perfect for everyday driving. That’s good, considering the Boxer engine is the only choice that buyers will get. However, they will still have a choice between a six-speed manual or automatic transmission to get the rear-drive car moving.
Regarding trim levels, Toyota plans to keep the same trim level options for the 2023 model – base and Premium. The base trim will most notably offer 17-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Primacy tires, sport fabric seats, a dual-zone auto climate control, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with six speakers.
Stepping up to the Premium trim level adds 18-inch wheels wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, a duckbill spoiler, Ultrasuede and leather seats with heating, and an upgraded 8-speaker sound system.
As for fuel economy, the EPA estimates that the Toyota GR86 can achieve up to 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission, while the automatic-equipped cars will get 21 and 31, respectively.
The 2023 Toyota GR86 Special Edition is the real news
While much of the 2023 Toyota GR86 will be carried over from the 2022 model, the real news is the Special Edition trim. This unique 2023 GR86 will be painted in Solar Shift orange for a striking visual and will wear matte-black 18-inch wheels and an exclusive C-pillar graphic. It may not be for everyone, and Toyota didn’t intend it to be, as only 860 units are going to be produced.
If you’re not too into orange paint, you’ll have to wait for the 2023 Toyota GR86 to show up at a dealership near you, which should be later this year.