Another Super Sports Car: Toyota Debuts the GR 86 at 2021 Chicago Auto Show

Toyota’s sports cars seem to be getting faster these days. The Toyota 86 reached 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, but the latest version, with an updated name — the GR 86 — promises to be a bit quicker.

According to Toyota, the new GR 86 is one of several vehicles the automaker showed off at the recent Chicago Auto Show. What other models debuted there, and what can we expect from the new GR 86?

Toyota’s impressive display at the Chicago Auto Show

A red 2022 Toyota GR 86 sports car parked on a strip of asphalt running through rolling green hills on a sunny day
2022 Toyota GR 86 | Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

The Chicago Auto Show, which took place this past July 18, showcased myriad vehicles, including a few from Toyota. The automaker showed off its 2022 versions of the Corolla Cross, Tacoma TRD Pro 3.0, Tacoma Trail Edition, 4Runner TRD Sport, and new GR 86. 

The Corolla Cross is the brand’s newest crossover SUV offering, based on the best-selling Corolla compact sedan. It runs on a 2.0-liter Dynamic Force engine producing 169 hp and front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The Cross will come in three trim levels and offer plenty of space and high-quality cabin materials.

In addition, the 2022 Tacoma TRD 3.0 offers a heightened suspension lift and a 4X4 package. This model will specialize in off-roading. The Trail Edition also focuses on the off-roading features built around the Tacoma 4X4 Double Cab pickup. 

So, what can we expect from the Toyota GR 86?

The Toyota GR 86 is similar to the Subaru BRZ. It packs a 2.4-liter flat-four engine harnessing 232 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed transmission. It has a rear-wheel drivetrain and a new look, a new interior, and a new name for the 2022 model. 

Toyota added some aluminum roof panels and fenders to cut some weight off the GR 86. It also offers reduced acceleration times. With the manual transmission, it can reach 60 mph in about 6.1 seconds. But with the automatic transmission, it slows to 6.6 seconds. 

Interior features include a digital display screen offering three driving modes: normal, sport, and track. According to Toyota, there’s also an 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen. Standard on the Premium trim is an eight-speaker audio system. Of course, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is included. 

Are there modification kits for the Toyota GR 86?

Though the Toyota GR 86 has yet to make an appearance on showroom floors, there’s already an available supercharger kit for the car. This aftermarket kit adds an intercooler, oiling and cooling subsystem, ECU Piggy Back, and charge plumbing. Depending upon individual tuning from the kit, you can reportedly get up to 255 hp from the motor when using 91-octane fuel.

Plus, the HKS GR 86 offers a rear diffuser, rear wing, front splitter, and side skirts for additional aerodynamics. The release date of the kit is unknown, but it will likely follow the GR 86 when it rolls off the production line later this year.

Though the GR 86 will be out in a few short months, Toyota hasn’t released pricing yet. However, some experts estimate it will start at about $30,000. 

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