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You will (probably) not buy the new Toyota GR 86

It is immediately noticeable that the Toyota GR 86 has improved a lot in terms of appearance. The sports coupe clearly has features of its predecessor – it is also partly based on the first generation – but looks much more like a sports car. With a more militant front, a thicker shoulder section, and an integrated rear spoiler instead of a loose wing. It even reminds us of the Lexus RC.

Boxer engine with 31 hp and 45 Nm more

The boxer engine is new; no longer a 2.0, but a 2.4. It delivers 231 hp and 250 Nm, making it 31 hp and 45 Nm more powerful than before. Shifting is done via a manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic. Toyota has also remained faithful to the concept of the first generation. The rear-wheel drive GR 86 stands on relatively narrow tires, making drifting child’s play.

Toyota GR 86 is a pure sports coupé

Because that is the Toyota GR 86: a pure sports coupé for the real enthusiast. Its boxer engine is located low in the engine compartment for the best possible center of gravity. In addition, the GR 86 is light. It puts no more than 1270 kilos in the shell, thanks in particular to the lavish use of aluminum in the roof, the bonnet and the front fenders, among other things.

Previous Toyota GT86 was way too expensive

In the Netherlands, the (previous) Toyota GT86 cost almost 60,000 euros. And of course that killed him. When the GT86 came on the market in 2012, it cost ‘only’ 40 grand. The culprit… Our BPM legislation, which issues tax fines to cars with relatively high CO2 emissions. And yet the new Toyota GR 86 is coming to the Netherlands.

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