2022 Toyota GR 86 Faces Its First Major Motorsport Challenge

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Toyota will show off the improved handling and agility of the GR 86 at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

After last year's event was canceled due to the pandemic and replaced with the media-only SpeedWeek, the UK's Goodwood Festival of Speed will open its doors to the public next month. This year's event will celebrate the life and career of Sir Stirling Moss, but will also be the public debut of a number of cars including the all-new Lotus Emira.

Festival-goers will also have the first chance to see the new 2022 Toyota GR 86 in action, as Toyota has announced the Japanese sports car will make its dynamic debut at the event. To show off the car's supreme handling and agility, the new GR 86 will tackle the famous hill climb course during the "First Glimpse" showcase of upcoming road cars.

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Festival-goers will also get to see the new GR 86 up close at the First Glance Paddock. The GR 86 continues the tradition of Toyota sports cars making star appearances at Goodwood. Back in 2018, the Toyota GR Supra made its world dynamic debut at the Festival of Speed, while the last-generation Toyota 86 was one of the star new cars at Goodwood back in 2012.

Like its predecessor, the new GR 86 is a true purist car, offering sports car thrills at an accessible price point. While the evolutionary design isn't a dramatic departure, a 50 percent increase in torsional rigidity has resulted in sharper handling and steering.

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Thanks to weight-saving measures such as aluminum for the roof and body panels, Toyota claims the GR 86 is the lightest four-seat coupe in its class, with a provisional curb weight of 2,799 pounds. The new GR 86 also benefits from Gazoo Racing's experience in motorsport, with new aero components such as larger front air ducts and rocker panels.

Under the hood is a more powerful 2.4-liter flat-four producing 228 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. With the manual, the GR 86 will hit 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds, down from seven seconds in its predecessor. In the US, sales for the 2022 Toyota GR 86 will start in Q4, 2021.

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