Toyota Australia will expand its Gazoo Racing family of performance vehicles when the new-generation GR86 sports coupe launches locally in September.
Replacing the outgoing Toyota 86 which has been on the market for nearly a decade, the new GR86 brings improved performance from its larger 2.4-litre engine, sharper handling and greater specification.
The GR86 will be offered in two specification levels – GT and GTS – with the choice of six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
The GT is distinguished by 17-inch alloy wheels with a silver machined finish and twin five-spoke design, and LED headlights with auto levelling and headlamp cleaners.
Inside, the GT offers black fabric front seats, a sports three-spoke leather steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment, leather shift knob and parking brake, dual-zone automatic climate control, smart entry, power windows and a redesigned centre console.
A large 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and is paired with a six-speaker audio system.
For on-road safety, automatic variants feature autonomous emergency braking (AEB), parking support braking (PKSB), and lane departure alert, while all grades come equipped with seven airbags, ABS brakes, vehicle stability control, hill start assist, cruise control and tyre pressure warning.
Stepping up to the GTS brings a range of visual and safety upgrades, starting with matte black 18-inch alloy wheels.
The GTS intelligent adaptive front lighting system provides illumination of the road ahead in accordance with steering inputs, while rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitor boost safety credentials regardless of transmission.
Inside, the GTS adds Ultrasuede and leather accented front seats with heating, aluminium pedals and foot rest, premium scuff plates, courtesy lamps and lights for the sun visor mirrors.
All GR86 variants are powered by the same 2.4-litre horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine developing 174kW of power at 7000rpm and 250Nm of torque at 3700rpm.
Drive to the rear wheels is via either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, with the standard fitment of a Torsen limited-slip differential on the rear axle.
More details on the new-generation GR86 including pricing and full specification will be revealed at the vehicle’s launch in September.