- toyota and subaru are planning a joint reveal event on april 5.
- we think this has to be for the 2022 86 sports car, as it's closely related to the 2022 subaru brz.
- the debut will be live-streamed online at this link.
a teaser image from toyota and subaru promising a joint debut on april 5 could only mean one thing: the 2022 toyota 86 is nearly ready to greet the world. the second-generation subaru brz has been out for several months, and—despite recent rumors that the toyota version of this rear-wheel-drive sports car would be delayed in order to further differentiate it from its twin—it appears the 86 is on track to arrive later this year.
toyota says that the president of its gazoo racing division, koji sato, will be part of the reveal event a few weeks from now, so we can expect the second-gen 86 to wear the "gr" designation currently affixed to the supra and the global gr yaris hot hatch. it's otherwise likely to share its mechanicals with the 2022 brz, which has a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter flat-four that makes 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.
a six-speed manual transmission will be standard with a six-speed automatic transmission optional. the 86 should feature a few styling differences compared with the subaru, but its chassis will be the same, meaning it will be lower, wider, and longer than its predecessor.
subaru says that the 2022 brz will go on sale in the fall of 2021. given that the toyota is debuting a few months later, we might expect its on-sale date to be later as well, meaning it might reach dealerships by the end of 2021 or possibly the beginning of 2022.