Toyota’s new sports coupe will reach Australia in September, with a special 10th Anniversary Edition to follow by Christmas.
The 2023 Toyota GR86 is due in Australian showrooms this September – ahead of a birthday special edition confirmed to arrive before year’s end.
More than a year on from its global unveiling, the GR-branded second generation of Toyota’s affordable 86 sports coupe will hit showrooms in September, with a larger 2.4-litre engine, sharper chassis and new technology shared with its Subaru BRZ twin.
Due to follow in “late 2022” is a 10th Anniversary Edition model, designed – as its name suggests – to celebrate a decade since the original 86 went on sale in 2012.
Limited to just 86 examples in Australia, the GR86 10th Anniversary Edition wears orange exterior paint akin to the first-generation 86’s Velocity Orange hero hue, joining a unique black and orange interior with 10th Anniversary branding on the door cards.
Australia’s birthday special edition lacks the unique 18-inch wheels, black exterior stripes, rear bootlid spoiler and cat-back sports exhaust system of the US version.
Full pricing and specifications for the standard GR86 will be confirmed closer to its September launch, however dealers late last year were advised to expect a base price around $35,000, likely before government charges are included.
Toyota Australia has historically offered two model grades straddling the base Subaru BRZ. If the same strategy is followed for the new model, expect a base GT model with 17-inch wheels for $35,000, and a higher-grade GTS with 18s for closer to $40,000.
The twinned Subaru BRZ is priced from $40,290 plus on-road costs for a base BRZ Coupe manual, to $45,390 plus on-road costs for a BRZ Coupe S auto – the latter gearbox adding a range of advanced safety features not offered with the manual.
The 10th Anniversary Edition would naturally command a premium on top of Toyota’s flagship, likely pushing beyond $40,000.
Members of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Club in Australia will be given priority access to securing one of the 86 limited-edition cars. Members can register their interest for further details once they’re available.
All new GR86s will share a 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated ‘boxer’ flat four-cylinder engine, sending 174kW and 250Nm to the rear wheels though a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Stay tuned to Drive for full details of the new 2023 Toyota GR86 range, as its launch from September approaches.
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