Driving enthusiasts can’t wait to get their hands on the Toyota GR86. Offering the mouthwatering combination of a front-mounted engine with rear-wheel drive as seen on the original GT 86 coupe, the newcomer is aiming to take things to another level. Early drives suggest that the GR delivers the goods as well, with Toyota clearly having set out to address the shortcomings of the old GT. Now an independent dyno test of the car suggests it might even be packing more of a punch that the manufacturer is letting on.
One area the GT86 came in for criticism for was its lack of power. In fact, this was probably THE issue that let the car down in the eyes of its target market. That’s why, for the GR86 the old 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder boxer engine was enlarged to 2.4-litres. Toyota has claimed that the new unit puts out a healthy 224bhp and 184 lb-ft of torque but new evidence suggests that might be on the conservative side.
The team from YouTube channel FTspeed decided to put a 500-mile (800km) 2022 Toyota GR86 through a series of dyno runs to see what the car’s performance figures really were. After a trip to Paragon Performance, the results were in - and they were impressive, to say the least.
On the final run, FTspeed recorded a figure of 212.59bhp from the wheels of the Japanese sports car. When drivetrain power losses are factored in, it’s estimated that this GR86’s engine produces a power figure more like 250bhp - more than 25bhp over Toyota’s original claim. No wonder the GR86 can launch from 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds, compared to 7.6 seconds for the GT86.
This understatement of the car’s potential is an interesting contrast with Subaru’s claims for its first generation BRZ, which was effectively the same car as the Toyota GT86. While the Subaru put out a claimed 202bhp from its engine, dyno results reported around 175bhp at the wheels. The new GR86-based BRZ offers a claimed 228bhp, slightly up on its Toyota sister car.
Considering how well the GR86’s naturally aspirated engine performs, we’re excited to see what this pocket-rocket could do with a supercharger or a turbocharger fitted.