The Toyota GR86 Is More Powerful Than Advertised

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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.

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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.

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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.

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