Finally, the second generation Toyota 86 has been spied on for the first time. Caught trying on the congested streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan, the prototype was spotted by Instagram user Kystify who sent the juicy spy footage YouTuber Matt Maran Motorization to be shared with the whole world. While the clip is only a few seconds long, we’ll get what we can get after we’ve waited a long time for the news about the 86.
Toyota and Subaru officially confirmed plans to continue their sports car connection in September 2019, when the two Japanese brands announced they would continue further with the 86 and BRZ, respectively. While the rumor mill has worked hard, there are still no official details about the direction the rear car pits will take with the next installment. Thankfully, the video attached to the spy gives us an idea about the exterior model of what appears to be the Toyota version.
While the overall shape and proportions look similar, it seems that the front and rear models are significantly different compared to today’s 86. It may be just us, but the heavily camouflaged prototype somehow reminds us of 86 GRMN Sports FR Concept Platinum concepts (photo above) discovered in early 2013 by Gazoo Racing.
After the launch of the “GT” from its moniker a few years ago, it looks like the 86 will once again carry a suffix, only this time it will be the “GR” to signal Gazoo Racing that is involved and reflect the GR Supra and GR Yaris. It is expected to arrive for the 2022 model year in the United States, and according to a Toyota insider claiming to be aware, the car will launch state in July 2021.
The spy video feeds a rumor from the beginning of this year published by the Japanese magazine The best car, claiming that 86 and her sister BRZ would ride on the same platform instead of switching to Toyota’s TNGA platform as originally believed. The familiar shape and size indicates an update to the existing architecture, in the same way that the 370Z excited by Nissan also hinted that there is an upgrade of old bones.
Undoubtedly the power will come from an aspired 2.4-liter fourth flat with 217 horsepower and 177 meters (240 Newton-meters) of torque. This would represent a fairly modest 12 kf and 21 lb-ft (28 Nm) bump when compared to the automatic stream version 86 and an extra 26 lb-ft (35 Nm) during manual.
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The young 86 is said to be slightly taller, wider and shorter than its predecessor while gaining some weight. However, get these details with the tip of the proverbial salt as none of the information is official at this point.
With the seemingly prototype holding the full body and production lights, it suggests the 2021 release is credible.