TOKYO — Toyota is giving the 86 sporty coupe more street cred for its second generation, with boosted performance and a new name to tout its racing roots.
The automaker said the redesigned car would be rechristened as the GR 86, in Japan at least, where it will launch this autumn. The nomenclature is a nod to the brand's Gazoo Racing tuner line.
Under the hood, the coupe gets a big upgrade for customers wanting more oomph, with a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder boxer engine instead of the 2.0-liter four-banger used in the outgoing model. The new powerplant cuts more than a second off the car's 0-to-60-mph time, to 6.3 seconds from 7.4, Toyota says.
The GR 86 is an outgrowth of a capital alliance between Toyota Motor Corp. and Subaru Corp. that dates to 2005. The car was jointly developed, with Subaru providing the engine and manufacturing and Toyota doing the design. Subaru's version is the BRZ.
The first generation went on sale in 2012. Toyota has sold more than 200,000 worldwide since then; Subaru has delivered about 90,000. The cars are made at Subaru's Gunma plant in Japan.
In the latest iteration, torsional rigidity increases 50 percent to improve agility and steering stability, Toyota said. Aluminum roof panels and fenders help keep the weight down.
Designers smoothed exterior contours for a more streamlined, robust stance. They also improved aerodynamics with air outlets, side-sill spoilers and other changes.
The Toyota and Subaru siblings are subtly differentiated by the headlights, grille and front air intakes. The automatic transmission versions of each company's car will get Subaru's EyeSight driver-assist technology, which includes a pre-crash safety system.