Toyota may be downplaying the GR86's power figures.
When Toyota first introduced the original 86 coupe, it was quick to point out that high power outputs and straight-line speed weren't the purposes of the little two-door. The agile sports car was designed to put a smile on a driver's face, thrilling on twisty roads and tight race tracks. Now in its second generation as the GR86, the automaker has been careful not to mess with the recipe.
The 2.4-liter boxer engine produces 228 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, which is considerably more than the old model's 205 hp and 156 lb-ft. Still, the uprated power isn't enough for some, with tuners already giving the Toyota even more power. Keen to give his example a bit more grunt, YouTuber FTSpeed decided to place his GR86 on the dyno, to see how much horsepower it's kicking out, before adding additional upgrades.
Tethered to the dyno, the rear-wheel-drive Toyota manages to muster up 211 hp and around 170 lb-ft, which isn't bad when you account for the drivetrain losses. The examiner notes that a previously tested 2022 BRZ rated at 215 hp and 175 lb-ft. The Neptune-painted GR86 does have a mere 500 miles on the clock, so it's likely that as the engine gains more mileage, it will open up and provide better performance.
"While there is still a small torque dip, it's nowhere near as bad as it used to be on [the previous generation]. On the FR-S, we were losing up to 20 lb-ft of torque between 3,000 - 4,500 rpm. With the new car, you're maybe losing 10 to 15 ft-lbs between 3,500 - 4,500 rpm. It's nowhere close to where it used to be," said the owner.
Despite the modest power outputs, the GT86 is capable of sprinting to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, courtesy of the lightweight body. Toyota says the two-door tips the scales at 2,811 lbs and, impressively, the example here weighed in just 1 lb heavier.
The minimal power loss seen here could indicate that Toyota is downplaying the GT86's power outputs before drivetrain losses are accounted for. We've seen this before on a 20-year-old BMW M Coupe that, despite its old age, managed to match and, in the case of the torque output, better the manufacturer's quoted figures.
It's also worth remembering the low mileage; it's also possible that the 2.4-liter engine will awaken as the run-in period is completed. We've seen this before with a Lexus LX600 which, despite using the same engine as its Land Cruiser sibling, recorded an 8 hp deficit when compared with the Toyota.