Despite the rumors about discontinuation, it is now official that the 2021 Toyota GT-86 will come completely new. The Japanese carmaker prepares a complete overhaul for this small sports car and it looks like we are about to see a lot of novelties. After the recent revival of the famous Supra, it’s 86’s turn for a complete redesign.
Once again, we will see a partnership with Subaru, so count on the new BRZ as well. Both models will come with tons of novelties, vastly improved in all aspects. Expect to see them in the next year.
- Powerful turbo-four engine
- Excellent handling
- Driver-focused interior
- Supra-inspired styling
- Tight cabin
- High price tag
If we can rely on the latest reports, development of the 2021 Toyota GT-86 is already in an advanced phase. However, the exact details about it are still unavailable, so we have to rely on rumors. As we already mentioned, Toyota will once again cooperate with Subaru, though it is still unclear which parts will be supplied from each side. We presume that Toyota will take care of the chassis, while Subaru is about to come with its new engine and the famous AWD system. Some reports even suggest that the new Subaru BRZ will feature AWD, while the 2021 Toyota GT-86 is about to stick to the RWD layout.
In any case, we are about to see new styling as well. We presume that the new model will take a lot of inspiration from the new Supra. The new model will feature a similar silhouette, just in a smaller package. Compared to the current model, we shouldn’t see bigger changes in terms of dimensions, though the company promises even lower center of gravity.
If you look at the current model’s cabin, you definitely won’t find too many flashy details in it. This interior is rather simple and focused on the riding experience. Therefore, we don’t expect that the 2021 Toyota GT-86 will change its character. It will keep the driver-focused dashboard design, though we presume that will feature a little bit higher overall quality. Of course, we also count on updates in terms of tech features and other equipment. This would include a new infotainment system as well, this time with much more up-to-date software and latest smartphone goodies like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. When it comes to the seating configuration, we have no doubt that the new model will continue as a 2+2 coupe, though some reports even suggest a convertible version in the offer. We don’t believe this will happen.
|Dimensions And Weight|
|Overall width (in.)||69.9|
|Curb Weight||2817 lbs.|
|Ground Clearance||4.9 in.|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Engine type||flat 4|
|Power/torque||200 hp @ 7000 rpm/151 ft-lbs. @ 6400 rpm|
|Estimated mpg||24 City / 32 Hwy|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||13.2 gal.|
|Weights / Capacities|
|Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place||6.9 cu.ft.|
|EPA Interior Volume||83.4 cu.ft.|
|PRICE RANGE: $27,000 – $32,000 starting msrp|
|Competitors: Subaru BRZ, Nissan 350Z, Mazda MX-5 Miata|
This will be one of the most important novelties for the 2021 Toyota GT-86. According to the latest reports, the new model is about to feature Subaru’s new 2.4-liter turbo-four engine, which delivers around 260 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. If we consider that the current engine features a max output of 200 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque, it becomes clear that this amount of power would take this small sports coupe to the completely next level and make it a real performance car, way ahead main competitors, such as Mazda MX-5 Miata.
Besides the new engine, we also count on improved transmission. We presume that the manual gearbox will be offered for sure, while the automatic option seems possible as well. As we already mentioned, there is a chance to see AWD layout in the offer, though most experts believe that the 2021 Toyota GT-86 will stick to rear-wheel drive.
2021 Toyota GT-86 Release Date and Price
The all-new 2021 Toyota GT-86 should have a premiere already in the first half of the next year. On the other side, it probably won’t hit the market before the third quarter. When it comes to the price, the new model might cost a little bit more than the current one, which starts at around $27,000.
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