Why The Toyota 86 Should Go Electric

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As Toyota goes electric, we think a sports car will be one of its first models.

The 2022 Toyota bZ4X Concept showed off the first in what will become a new lineup of electric vehicles. Toyota will introduce 15 new EV models by 2025, seven of which will fall under the new bZ (Beyond Zero) naming scheme. Among these new bZ models, Toyota has already discussed building a pickup truck, and in preparation, the company trademarked the names bZ1 through bZ5 and bZ1X through bZ5X. We aren't sure what name Toyota's electric pickup truck could use, but perhaps it will be something outside of the Beyond Zero naming scheme.

This got us thinking; what other electric models could Toyota produce outside of the already trademarked bZ names? The answer was right in front of, sitting in a perfect alphanumeric package. What if the 2022 Toyota GR 86 sports car spawned an electric variant?


This naming scheme is too perfect; replace "GR" with "bZ" to create the bZ 86. We've even taken the liberty of imagining what such a model could look like. Our in-house rendering (pictured above) imagines the new GR 86 with styling elements from the bZ4X Concept. It replaces the GR 86's large grille since it no longer has a flat-four engine under the hood to keep cool.

We've gone for a softer, more aerodynamically friendly wheel design and grafted on the contrasting wheel arches from the bZ4X to create a futuristic two-tone color scheme. Finally, we modified the headlights to look more like the bZ4x, and we gave the Toyota logo a blue accent color to signify an electrified drivetrain.

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As for the powertrain, Toyota has not yet presented any details for the bZ4X, so it's difficult to make any assumptions on output. If we assume the bZ4X will be comparable to an electric RAV4, we'd estimate that the output could range from 219 to 302 horsepower, the respective outputs from the RAV4 Hybrid and RAV4 Prime. Matching the GR 86's 231 hp rating with a rear-mounted electric motor shouldn't be too difficult, though the bZ 86 would be much heavier than its gas-powered counterpart.

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