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Out with the old and in with the new-generation, the all-new Toyota GR86, launched in Malaysia alongside the new GR Corolla and the new GR Supra.
A counterpart to the second-gen Subaru BRZ, it comes bearing its own style and is claimed to have a more playful driving dynamic.
Fully-imported (CBU) from Japan, the GR86 sports coupe is offered in one variant, but with two different transmission options.
The GR86 M/T (manual) tags at MYR 295,000, while the GR86 A/T (automatic) tags at MYR 305,000. Prices are on-the-road, without insurance, including a five-year and 150,000 KM warranty.
Four exterior colours are available. Ignition Red, Crystal White Pearl, Crystal Black Silica, and Magnetic Gray Metallic.
Weighing in at 1,292 KG (GR86 M/T), 1,312 KG (GR86 A/T), the new GR86 stands at 4,265 MM long, 1,775 MM wide, 1,310 MM tall, and with a wheelbase spanning 2,575 MM.
Designed with an aerodynamic profile, the front end exudes a sleek, modern and sporty outlook.
It features a black functional Matrix Grille with G-mesh insert, GR badge, and functional L-shaped air inlet ducts with black accent trim.
The rear end’s design is toned and athletic, with sleek lines and sporty elements matching the front’s outlook.
Fitted is a duckbill rear spoiler, roof-mounted shark-fin antenna, GR86 badge, black diffuser, and dual chrome-tipped exhaust.
The headlamps are in an angularly-shaped eye design. Slanted inwards, they look very focused and ties the whole front together.
They are automatic Bi-LED projectors, with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and turn signals.
The tail lamps match the head lamps but in its own style, slightly wider and more protruding at the outer corners.
They are made of LED combination units, and have been paired to a set of matching fog lamps.
The side mirrors are power-adjustable and -retractable, with signal lamps and blind spot indicators.
Front setup is a two-piece floating callipered ventilated disc, whereas, the rear setup sees a one-piece floating callipered ventilated disc.
Gripping it to the tarmac is a set of 18-Inch 10-spoke, matte-black alloy rims, wrapped in 215/40 R18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres.
Getting the GR treatment all around, the new GR86 features a minimalistic and an angularly sporty dashboard layout.
The black-on-black themed dash sees soft-touch paddings on the panels, and comes with a GR steering wheel and GR instrument cluster.
All the elements are placed logically and driver centric, for a better driving experience. Overall, the craftsmanship is premium quality.
A GR instrument cluster, fitted is a seven-Inch Thin-Film Transistor (TFT), fully digital Multi-Information Display (MID) LCD unit. It comes with unique boxer-inspired animations, and other driving functions.
The seats come either in an all-black genuine leather with ultrasuede or black with red trim upholstery.
Both options feature a GR logo, and come with six-way (driver) and four-way (passenger) manual-adjustable functions.
Space in the cabin is ample. Sufficient head, shoulder and legroom for the front and rear occupants, considering it to be a performance-oriented coupe.
Sufficient storage areas are present, including side door pockets, backseat pockets, centre console compartments and a decent-sized glove box.
The three-spoke GR steering wheel comes in all-black leather with red stitching and a GR logo.
It gets multi-switch functions, tilt and telescopic adjustments, paddle shifters (GR86 A/T), and an Electric Power Steering (EPS) system.
There are two cup holders, located at the front centre console, and two bottle holders, located at the side door pockets.
It comes with one USB port, and one 12-V power socket, located at the front centre console.
The new GR86 features the following Advance Driver Assist System (ADAS). The GR86 M/T gets Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS) and Normal Cruise Control. Meanwhile, the GR86 A/T adds on Pre-Crash System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Automatic High Beam (AHB), Reverse Sensors with Automatic Braking, Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
Passive safety includes seven airbags (front, front side, curtain shield, driver knee), two three-point ELR seat belts with reminder, pretensioner and force limiter (front, rear), and ISOFIX (rear seats), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), reverse camera, Vehicle Telematics System (VTS), immobiliser, Digital Video Recorder (DVR) (front), and Toyota Premium Security and Solar Film.
Both the GR86 variants feature the Normal, Sport, Snow and Track driving modes, which are selectable via a centre console button.
The suite of ADAS, along with the accompanying systems will make the sporty driving experience more exhilarating, and most importantly, safer.
It is installed with an eight-Inch touchscreen infotainment system, supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless connectivity, and Bluetooth.
It features a six-speaker setup.
Harbouring in the new GR86 is an FA24 2.4-Litre, naturally-aspirated horizontally-opposed, four-cylinder 16-valve, DOHC petrol boxer engine.
Tuned for higher power, the mill features D-4S direct and port injections, and makes a total output of 234 HP at 7,000 RPM and 250 NM of torque at 3,700 RPM.
Installed is a six-speed close-ratio manual with a short-throw shifter (GR86 M/T), and a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters (GR86 A/T).
Drive is sent exclusively to the rear wheels (RWD), featuring a Torsen Limited Slip Differential (LSD) on the rear axle.
Zero to 100 KM/H is done in 6.3 seconds (GR86 M/T), 6.8 seconds (GR86 A/T), and top speed is 226 KM/H (GR86 M/T), 216 KM/H (GR86 A/T).
It has a fuel tank capacity of 50-Litres.
The new GR86 comes with Smart Entry and Start system, auto headlamps, intermittent wipers with time adjustment, steering wheel with multi-switch functions, and tilt and telescopic adjustments, paddle shifters (GR86 A/T), an Electric Power Steering (EPS), dual-zone automatic climate control, parking sensors and cameras, and Vehicle Telematics System (VTS).
Light and planted, its aluminium body, which reduces weight and centre of gravity, features 50% more torsional body rigidity thanks to a newly reinforced chassis mounting system.
Nimble and agile, its setup of MacPherson strut with stabiliser (front), and double wishbone with stabiliser (rear), feature GR-tuned coil springs and shock absorbers.
Then, paired with a rear axle-mounted Torsen Limited-Slip Differential (LSD), these with other aiding elements, collectively provide a solidly responsive, and punchy ride quality.
It has good sound insulation, covering all the NVH aspects, and there are no abnormal wind issues at any speed.
The new Toyota GR86 is a total driver car, with every aspect of its build inside and out, focused on performance.
Aesthetically, it also comes bearing a new sporty and modern design inside and out, compared to its precursor, the novel 86.
Performance-oriented, check. Sleek design, check. The GR86 is a head turner no doubt, and an overall well-built vehicle.