A New Spy Video Shows the 2020 Toyota GR86 With Mild Changes at Best

With more than a year’s worth of leaks and news about the next-gen Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ, we finally learned in early August that Subaru was ending production of the BRZ. Toyota hasn’t commented on its production timetable for the current-gen 86, but we’re pretty sure the current-gens end of production isn’t far off. That has become more than evident now that the first spy video and images of the 2022 Toyota GR86 has surfaced online. Much like the most recent rumors suggest, neither Subaru nor Toyota are changing very much as they shift into the next generation.

First 2020 Toyota GR86 Spy Shots and Video

Believe it or not, this 2022 Toyota GR86 prototype was spotted on the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan – home of the University of Michigan – by Instagram user Kystify that later send his spy footage to Matt Maran Motoring. It’s not a long clip, and there’s a lot more to be had about other news in the video you see above, but this is our first real look at what’s coming from the next-gen Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ.

Our First Look At the 2022 Toyota GR86 Proves Little Will Change Under the Skin
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The first thing to call out from the short footage is something big – this prototype is riding on the same platform that underpins the current models.

This coincides with a report from May 2019 that said Toyota’s TNGA Platform is a no-go and goes against previous reports that the 86 and BRZ would transition to Toyota’s TNGA platform. Unfortunately, this means that despite Subaru and Toyota’s retained partnership, and the fact that both cars will be powered by a revamped version of the Subaru Ascent’s FA24 turbocharger four-cylinder, neither the GR86 or next-gen BRZ will feature turbocharged power, either.

Our First Look At the 2022 Toyota GR86 Proves Little Will Change Under the Skin
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Most recently in March of 2020, a new report not only said that the next-gen GR86 was set to be revealed very soon, but thatthe FA24 will give bot cars 252 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque – a considerable increase over the current-gen 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. More recently in a news that we said would piss you off, it was reported that Subaru is dropping the turbo from the FA24 and both cars will get just 217 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. That represent a meager increase of just 12 horsepower and 21 pound-feet of torque.

Our First Look At the 2022 Toyota GR86 Proves Little Will Change Under the Skin
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Word that the BRZ and GR86 will change little from this generation to the next in terms of design is also backed up by this new footage.

There are some changes in store, with the prototype sporting a design vaguely reminiscent of the GRMN Sports FR Concept Platinum, but the overall changes appear as if they will be minimal in the end. It certainly looks like Subaru and Toyota are going to pass off their next-gen sports cars as new-gen models despite the fact that they’ll be little more than glorified face lifts. You can expect to see them debut sometime near the very end of 2020 or in the first quarter of 2021 since they are earmarked to go on sale for the 2022 model year.

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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