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After nearly a decade, the Scion FR-S or Toyota 86 saw a successor. Now planted formally under the Toyota banner, the sports coupe has entered its second generation. The new Toyota 86 adopts the Gazoo Racing naming conventions and fixes some of the problems customers felt with the first-generation models.
The team at Toyota and Subaru increased engine displacement and massaged the tuning to help overcome the older model’s lack of midrange power. Now packing a 2.4-liter flat-four under the hood, the GR86 sends 228 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque through either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Power travels exclusively to the rear wheels.
On this episode of Quick Spin, host Wesley Wren hops behind the wheel of the 2023 Toyota GR86 and puts it through its paces, then takes you on a guided tour of the sporty 2+2 and highlights some of his favorite features. Wren also takes you along for a live drive review of the 2023 Toyota GR86.
Adding to these segments, Wren chats with Autoweek’s Emmet White about the second-generation 86, Toyota’s sports car lineup, and the GR86’s competition, before breaking down what makes the 2023 Toyota GR86 special.