Gazoo Racing reveals two Toyota GR 86 concepts

Toyota’s tuning arm, Gazoo Racing, has put together one mean-looking GR 86 out of the parts it’ll offer in Japan.

Almost every body panel has been changed or adapted over the standard car.

Gazoo Racing has thoroughly reworked the front end, adding aggressive black carbon fibre front splitters which work into mini winglets on the front quarter panels.

The bonnet itself is carbon and features venting slots cut subtly toward the windscreen.

Moving along to the side of the car, flared arches front and rear give the GR 86 a much wider stance than before. In all, it measures 43mm wider than a stock GR 86.

At the back, the car has more delicate carbon splitters along with a reworked quad-outlet exhaust system.

A mammoth wing tops off the rear look, along with a lighter carbon roof.

The GR 86’s forged 19-inch wheels are bespoke, too, wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza tyres. These sit in front of larger brakes with red callipers.

But if the first concept is a bit too ‘over the top’ for your personal tastes, the second GR 86 creation is much more minimalist in comparison.

It features a redesigned front bumper, bespoke side skirts, a new rear bumper and a GR sports exhaust system.

The interior has even been fettled to include forged carbon trim pieces, a plush knee pad and a carbon-fibre key fob.

The concepts show what’s inside Gazoo Racing’s parts bin and will likely influence other tuning companies to create their own exterior modifications.

We know already that the GR 86 is coming to Australia, although it will be without these parts fitted as standard.

The biggest news is that the 2.0-litre engine is being replaced by a larger 2.4-litre unit and will remain naturally-aspirated and horizontally-opposed.

Outputs for the GR 86 will be 173kW of power and 250Nm of torque, which will be identical to the Subaru BRZ.

That’s an increase of 21kW and 38Nm from its predecessor. Subaru has also said it has addressed the torque dip problem from the first car.

The Toyota GR 86 will be available with both manual and automatic transmissions, both being six-speed units.

Other improvements over the previous generation car include a further lowering of the centre of gravity due to the aluminium roof, while torsional rigidity is up 50 per cent compared to the old car.

The Toyota GR 86 will arrive in the first quarter of 2022, with its Subaru twin arriving late in 2021.

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