Toyota created a legendary sports car with its famed AE86 – and the 2023 Toyota GR 86 writes the next chapter of that legend with a chequered flag-winning combination of power, performance, agility, responsiveness, styling, comfort, and amenities. New for 2023, Toyota celebrates the unfettered performance of a pure sports coupe with a limited-edition GR 86, featuring an exclusive colour and other upgrades.
“Canadians who seek the thrill of track-proven driving fun owe it to themselves to get behind the wheel of the GR 86 – designed and engineered from the wheels up by the same team that powers our Toyota Gazoo Racing success on the motorsports world stage,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc.
The heart of the GR 86 is its 2.4L naturally aspirated horizontally opposed four-cylinder boxer engine – delivering impressive horsepower and torque for linear acceleration across a wide band of RPMs. To squeeze the most fun out of every drive, Toyota Gazoo Racing engineers ensured this power and torque was matched with equally spirited yet confident handling plus impressive acceleration. The GR 86 benefits from a wide stance, low centre of gravity, rigid front and rear frames, air vents to support steering stability, and aluminum components that keep its curb weight down to just over 1,270 kilograms. Other performance-tuned features include a Torsen limited-slip rear differential, sport-tuned independent MacPherson strut front and double wishbone rear suspension engineering, and vented 295mm front and 290mm rear brakes.
Automatic transmission models feature paddle shifters, and employ adaptive controls that sense brake and accelerator operation to quickly shift into optimal gear. Meantime, the manual gearbox features strut bearings that enhance clutch capacity and gear strength, plus a low-catch design that delivers smooth, engaging control.
Curbside, the GR 86 expresses athletic driving fun, with GR-specific Functional MATRIX “G Mesh” Grille, angular LED headlights, aerodynamic front air dams and vents, and side sill spoilers. A low overall height and hip point plus fender tops that extend horizontally to the beltline combine to confer the stance distinctive of front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports cars. Meantime, the GR 86’s low, horizontal underbody and narrow rear cabin impart a “launch-ready” appearance. 2023 body colour choices include Halo White, Track bRed, Trueno Blue, Pavement Grey, Raven Black, Neptune Blue, and Steel Grey.
Inside, drivers will discover a cockpit designed to keep them squarely focussed on the pavement. Digital instrumentation features Normal, Sport, and Track modes and LCD toggle displays with silver trimmed dials. The leather trimmed steering wheel and leather wrapped parking brake handle and gearshift boot add refinement. All models features sport bucket front seats with side bolsters to firmly hold driver and navigator in place when cornering, while the 2+2 configuration offers additional versatility with fold-down rear seats.
Epic drives deserve epic soundtracks, which is why the GR 86 is equipped with a display audio system with 8-inch touchscreen, 2 USB plus 1 Auxiliary port, Bluetooth connectivity, integrated Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
As a Toyota, every GR 86 also features a comprehensive safety package. This includes the Toyota Star Safety System, rear seat anchors for children’s car seats, a tire pressure monitoring system, and seven airbags.
Toyota Dealers will offer the Toyota GR 86 in four model and trim configurations, as follows:
The 2023 Toyota GR86 (starting MSRP: $31,490 manual, $33,890 automatic) features 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, and heated side mirrors. Inside, the cockpit features a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, and the Smart Key System with Push Button Start. Other features include Active Sound Control, a six-speaker audio system, and an anti-theft alarm. On the automatic model, additional safety technologies include pre-collision braking, full-speed dynamic radar cruise control, pre-collision throttle management, lane departure warning, sway warning, and lead vehicle start alert.
The 2023 Toyota GR86 Premium (starting MSRP: $34,490 manual, $36,890 automatic) adds numerous upgrades. Exterior enhancements include 18-inch alloy wheels clad with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 Tires, and a rear duckbill spoiler. Inside, this model sports an eight-speaker audio system, leather/alcantara seat cladding, heated front seats, and aluminum sport pedals. Safety enhancements include the Blind Spot Monitoring system with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and the Adaptive Front Lighting system. On the automatic model, additional safety technologies include pre-collision braking, full-speed dynamic radar cruise control, pre-collision throttle management, lane departure warning, sway warning, lead vehicle start alert and Automatic High Beam Assist.
Coming later this year, Toyota will also offer Canadians the 2023 Toyota GR86 Special Edition. Available with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions and limited to just 20 models in Canada, this exclusive sports coupe is built on the premium trim level. The GR86 Special Edition will make an unforgettable first impression with its unique Solar Shift orange body colour, unique 18” five-spoke wheels, black TCD duck bill spoiler, and GR cat-back performance exhaust system with stainless steel pipes, black chrome tips, and debossed GR logo. Inside, special stitching accents the leather seating, leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather shift boot, while door trim moulding sports the special edition logo. Pricing for these two Special Edition configurations will be announced closer to the on-sale date.
The 2023 Toyota GR86 is on sale at Toyota Dealers across Canada. For complete and up to date details and specifications, visit toyota.ca/gr86
About Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota has sold over six million vehicles in Canada through a national network of 287 Toyota and Lexus dealerships. Toyota is dedicated to bringing safety, quality, dependability and reliability to the vehicles Canadians drive and the service they receive. TCI’s head office is in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax, and parts distribution centres in Clarington and Vancouver. Toyota also operates two manufacturing facilities in Canada. Having produced more than nine million vehicles, popular Canadian models built at these facilities include Toyota RAV4, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid, as well as Lexus NX 250, NX 350 and NX 350h hybrid. The company has sold more than 19 million electrified vehicles worldwide and is the number one seller of electrified vehicles in Canada.