Did We Catch The New Toyota Celica Out Testing?

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It was spotted driving with several Mustangs.

We were recently sent a short video showing an unidentified test car traveling on Westbound I-94 in Detroit, Michigan, not far from Ford's corporate headquarters in Dearborn. Initially, we believed it to be the next-generation Ford Mustang (codenamed S650), rumored to be in development. After reviewing the footage, we now believe this to be another upcoming sports car, the 2022 Toyota 86.

The car was spotted driving in a pack of Mustangs, all of which were wearing manufacturer plates. We thought this might point to the prototype being a Mustang itself, but some of the finer details and the overall proportions don't lend to this conclusion. Instead, it looks much closer to Toyota's sports car that will be co-developed with Subaru.

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Though the video is short and the car isn't on screen for very long, this is clearly a two-door coupe model that looks reminiscent of the recently-revealed Subaru BRZ, with which it will share a platform and engine. Toyota is rumored to change the name on this new model, possibly integrating its Gazoo Racing division into the mix. The name "GR86" would make sense here, but we are more hopeful that Toyota's recent patent application for the Celica name will come into play here.

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We already know mostly what to expect from the new 86, or possibly GR86/Celica. It will be powered by a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder boxer engine producing around 228 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The 86 and BRZ have previously maintained slight output differences, though the two cars have always been similar. Power will go to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic, and the overall curb weight will remain under 2,900 pounds.

The 2022 Subaru BRZ is priced at $28,845, and the 86 has typically undercut the MSRP of its Subaru sibling. This is significantly less than the 2021 Toyota Supra 2.0, which costs $42,990 and is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 255 hp. We expect to see an official reveal mid-way through 2021.

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