2022 Toyota GR 86 FIRST DRIVE
Motor Trend|December 2021
Fun gets even better.
Aaron Gold

We had one question about the new 2022 Toyota GR 86 as we waited for our turn on the track: Did Toyota screw up one of our favorite cars? Once we received the go signal, we charged into the first sharp right-hander to find out. We turned in aggressively and lifted off the accelerator abruptly, and the GR 86 brought its rear around as neatly as you could want. We caught it with some opposite lock and were away. Toyota most definitely did not screw this up.

The successor to the Toyota 86 and its predecessor, the Scion FR-S, follows the old formula—a moderately powered 2+2 that emphasizes handling overpower— but this GR 86 addresses most of the old car’s faults without introducing new ones. It’s a wheels-up redesign, Toyota once again partnering with Subaru (likewise launching its second-generation BRZ), with a bigger engine and meatier torque curve. Styling is neater and more contemporary, and the ride is better.

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