Is the Toyota 86 finally about to get more power?
Toyota has been rolling out hot Gazoo Racing variants of existing models adding new performance parts and mechanical upgrades. In the US, the line-up was renamed as the TRD range. Currently, only the Toyota Yaris has been given the full-fat GRMN treatment, but according to Autocar a trademark filed by Toyota suggests the automaker will soon expand the range with new mid-range GR versions of the Yaris hatchback and 86 sports coupe in Europe.
A GR Sport version of the Toyota Yaris is already coming with styling elements inspired by the hardcore GRMN hot hatch, so the GR variant is likely to receive a power upgrade. It probably won’t be as powerful as the Yaris GRMN, however, which has 209 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.
Since the trademark was filed towards the end of the model’s life cycle, the GR version of the Toyota 86 could be introduced for the second-generation model, which is likely to arrive soon since the current has been on sale for six years. This would help differentiate the car from the mechanically identical Subaru BRZ. Even if the trademark isn’t for the second-generation model, we wouldn’t complain if the current Toyota 86 receives a much-needed power upgrade.
Toyota has already hinted at what the next 86 could look like with the Gazoo Racing treatment in the GR HV concept that was revealed at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show. Toyota also plans to produce a new hypercar previewed by the GR Super Sport concept and is also considering developing a track-focused Supra that will slot in the GRMN range.