You'll soon be able to take the new Toyota GR 86 for a virtual spin.
After the all-new Subaru BRZ debuted last year, we were left wondering when the redesigned Toyota 86 will arrive. The answer came earlier this week with the debut of the rebranded 2022 Toyota GR 86. Like the first-generation Toyota 86, the new model has a lot in common with its sister car, the Subaru BRZ.
So far, the Toyota GR 86 has only been shown in JDM spec. In Japan, sales of the 2022 Toyota GR 86 will kick off this fall, but it hasn't been confirmed when the US version will arrive. However, if you own a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5, you'll soon be able to take the GR 86 for a virtual spin.
Not long after the car's real-life debut, Toyota's Gazoo Racing division has announced the GR 86 is coming to Gran Turismo Sport this year. Players will be able to experience the rear-wheel-drive sports car in the new season of the online Toyota Gazoo Racing GT Cup, in which players compete in seven rounds of one-make races featuring GR road cars and race cars including the GR Supra, GR Yaris, SF19, and the 2000GT.
Qualifying rounds will start April 25 and run until August before the grand final on December 3. The GR 86 will feature in round seven at Mount Panorama on August 22, but Gazoo Racing has confirmed it will join the game's car roster earlier in the "middle of the year."
There's also a good chance the Toyota GR 86 will feature in Gran Turismo 7 on PlayStation 5, but you'll have to wait a little longer as the game has been delayed until 2022. Polyphony Digital, the developer of Gran Turismo, has a close relationship with Toyota, so it isn't surprising to see the GR 86 make its racing game debut in Gran Turismo Sport. The Toyota GR Supra also made its virtual racing debut in Gran Turismo Sport at a time when Toyota cars were conspicuously absent in other racing game franchises like Forza Horizon and Need for Speed.
In real life, the Toyota GR 86 is powered by a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated Boxer engine producing 231 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. Long live the affordable, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe.