Following within the footsteps of its company cousin, the Subaru BRZ, Toyota simply confirmed us the second era of its GR 86 2+2 coupe. The reveal is noteworthy as a result of it assures us that there are nonetheless firms keen to make a light-weight, rear-wheel drive sports activities automotive with a guide transmission. (And it gained’t be a bazillion {dollars}.)

Initially launched because the Scion FR-S in 2013, the coupe was rechristened the 86 and transitioned to the Toyota mothership after Scion was shuttered in 2016.

Now not simply “86,” this new automotive provides GR to its identify due to a variety of involvement from Toyota’s efficiency/motorsports wing, Gazoo Racing. Along with some additional oomph on the fuel pedal, the GR 86 will characteristic improved structural rigidity, together with some weight financial savings due to aluminum physique panels.

As alluded to above, the large information is underneath the hood the place the 2022 Toyota GR 86 carries a bigger model of the Subaru-sourced Boxer engine. Up from the unique’s 2.0L, the brand new 2.4L 4 cylinder makes 228 horsepower—a 20 hp bump from the sooner 86/FR-S fashions. It additionally makes 184 lb.-ft. of peak torque at way more sensible 3,700 rpm (considerably decrease than the outdated 2.0L’s 6,600 rpm peak).

Mix that with a curb weight round 2,800 kilos, and we’re guessing this barely longer and decrease GR 86 will boast some improved dealing with (and braking, and acceleration) traits over its earlier iterations. Actually, Toyota claims the GR 86 will hustle from zero to sixty in a formidable 6.1 seconds.

The brand new GR 86 has purposeful aero vents that enhance steering response and automobile stability. (Picture/Toyota)

The most effective information? You’ll be able to nonetheless get the GR 86 with a six-speed guide transmission. Hooray! (An automated is obtainable as properly.)

And what’s actually neat is that, with each 2022 GR 86 bought, Toyota will throw in a complimentary one-year membership to NASA, which features a free Excessive Efficiency Driving Occasion and discounted admission to NASA-sanctioned occasions.

The GR 86 cabin additionally options some fancy infotainment methods and whatnot. We’re simply glad to see it may be geared up with three pedals. (Picture/Toyota)

Toyota says that the 2022 GR 86 will likely be hitting dealerships later this 12 months. Presently, pricing has not been introduced.

First Look: Toyota Reveals Its 2nd-Gen 2022 GR 86 Sports Car