Having a car comes in handy, but unfortunately, it also entails having to deal with mechanical issues.
And regrettably, as we are well aware, even those of us who are the luckiest almost never manage to slip through the cracks.
In spite of this, the outcomes will be rather dissimilar whether the car fails to start in the morning or breaks down while driving on the highway.
Whatever the cause may be, a non-driving Toyota 86 is difficult to maneuver, and the towing of the vehicle to the nearest repair shop is frequently the only viable option.
But, how much can a Toyota GT86 tow?
Overview on GT86
With Toyota’s brand-new GR 86 coming out in 2022, excitement is right around the corner.
The same enthusiasts who were responsible for Toyota Gazoo Racing’s championship racecars set out to design the next-generation coupe to achieve even greater precision when it comes to hugging the curves, with an emphasis on increased stability, increased power, and improved aerodynamics.
What is the result?
A driver’s car that is race-ready and was designed with pure enjoyment in mind.
What was their secret?
To begin, the GR team improved upon the nimble characteristics of the current iteration of the 86 chassis by adding high-strength steel in crucial locations, new cross members up front, and a full-ring frame in the back.
They used a larger, naturally aspirated 2.4-liter, horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine to achieve the next level of performance, which resulted in approximately 18 percent more horsepower and 11 percent more torque.
They tweaked it such that the peak torque hits much sooner in the powerband at 3700 RPM, as opposed to 6600 RPM on the previous generation, which makes for a responsive and powerful driving experience, particularly when coming out of the curves and onto the straightaways.
Drivers have the option of selecting either a manual transmission (MT) or an automatic transmission (AT), giving them the freedom to enjoy the driving experience that best suits them.
The GR engineers were aware that maintaining a low center of gravity and lean curb weight was essential for maximizing the amount of pleasure that could be had.
The base model of the Toyota GR 86 sports one of the lowest curb weights of any production sports car at only 2,811 pounds for the manual transmission version and 2,851 pounds for the automatic transmission version.
This makes it one of the lightest sports cars currently available. With a front-to-rear weight distribution of 53:47, a low-slung overall height of 51.6 inches, and a tiny flat-four engine, the GR 86 has all the necessary components for handling like a sports car with a strong sense of stability.
The exterior of the GR 86 can be purchased in one of seven different colors, including Track bRED, Halo White, Steel Silver, Pavement Grey, Raven Black, and either Neptune or Trueno Blue.
It is offered in two different grades, the GR 86 and the GR 86 Premium, and it features 2+2 seating for everyday functionality as well as a fold-flat rear seat for additional capacity.
A huge duckbill spoiler, black 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, perforated Alcantara and leather-trimmed interior, dual-mode heated front seating, and an eight-speaker multimedia audio system are all included in the Premium specification.
The base variant of the GR 86 rides on wheels measuring 17 inches and is outfitted with black cloth seats with a G-embossed pattern and a multimedia audio system with six speakers.
Either grade comes with a 200-watt subwoofer that may be used to add bass to the sound system.
Design and Propulsion for the Next Generation
The 2022 GR 86 receives an increase in engine bore diameter from 86mm to 94mm as a result of the transition from a 2.0L to a 2.4L flat-four engine.
This results in approximately 20 percent more displacement, which brings the total capacity from 1,998cc to 2,387cc.
The larger engine reduced the time needed to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour from 7.0 to 6.1 seconds for the manual transmission and from 8.0 to 6.6 seconds for the automatic transmission.
The manufacturer estimates that the vehicle will achieve 19 city/26 highway/21 combined MPG with the 6-speed manual transmission and 20 city/30 highway/24 combined MPG with the 6-speed automatic transmission.
The D-4S dual injection technology developed by Toyota has been retuned to give a throttle input that is more forceful.
The technologies of direct fuel injection and port injection are brought together in this system.
Because of the cooling effect that is provided by the direct-injection system in the cylinders, the engine is able to use a very high compression ratio of 12.5:1 in order to produce the maximum amount of power. In instances of light and medium load, the port fuel injectors come into play to assist in achieving the highest possible level of combustion efficiency.
Both the diameter and length of the ports on the intake manifold have been increased in order to better support linear torque and acceleration, and the air intake has also been changed in order to increase airflow as much as possible.
For more consistent fuel flow even while the vehicle is turning, the fuel system has been updated with a new pump design and a bigger transfer tube.
A brand new high-speed water pump, a five-level water-cooled oil cooler, and a brand new high-capacity 200W radiator output motor are being added to the cooling system.
A gratifying growl is produced by the bigger 5.6-liter center pipe capacity of the exhaust, which, in conjunction with the Active Sound Control system, amplifies the sound of the engine inside the cabin.
Exceptionally Stiff and Rigid Body Structure
In order to complement the boost in power that the GR 86 received, the GR team also modified the chassis and the body.
To improve load transfer input from the front tires and reduce lateral bending, diagonal cross members were added to the joints between the front suspension and the frame up front.
The honeycomb design used in the previous generation has been replaced with a diagonal internal frame structure in the hood to improve its level of stability. Strong fasteners are used to join the suspension mounts to the frame of the vehicle.
New full-ring construction that entirely connects the upper and lower chassis together contributes to the increased rigidity that has been achieved at the rear of the vehicle.
In order to withstand the g-forces that are generated when turning corners, the rear frame, and the suspension mounts are connected by high-strength fasteners.
Additionally, in order to provide the best possible handling, the materials utilized in the chassis went through a meticulous selection process. A combination of high-strength steel, hot-stamped steel, and aluminum are used in the construction of the frame.
Each material is positioned in the frame in such a way as to provide drivers with a balance of roll and pitch that maximizes control.
A taut, connected structure is created by using structural adhesive throughout the underbody, which also provides extra reinforcement.
Controlled by the Driver
The driver of the GR 86 has direct control over the nimble handling thanks to the three-spoke steering wheel that is coated in leather.
It has a revolutionary Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system with a column-mounted integrated motor and control unit that minimizes both weight and space, along with a 13.5 overall ratio that allows for tight maneuvering with only 2.5 turns clock to clock.
Even the mount for the steering gearbox was modified by GR engineers; it was made stiffer with the addition of a strong rubber bushing and a redesigned mounting bolt washer.
In order to improve the vehicle’s handling qualities, sport-tuned independent MacPherson® front struts have had their damping performance upgraded and have received new rebound springs.
Enhanced cornering traction is provided by a Torsen® limited-slip rear differential, which is part of a multi-link rear suspension that is designed in the shape of a double-wishbone.
The rear axle of the GR 86 has received additional stiffness, and the strut stabilizer bar has been relocated so that it is now attached directly to the subframe. These modifications were made to ensure the vehicle has the highest possible level of stability. The front-engine, rear-wheel drive coupe has sport-tuned rear shock absorbers with firmer springs to deliver a planted and predictable driving experience.
The 17-inch wheels with a V-shaped machined finish and 10-spoke aluminum alloy design that come standard on the GR 86 base grade are shod with Michelin® Primacy HP® tires.
Michelin Pilot Sport 4® tires come standard on the 18-inch 10-spoke black aluminum alloy wheels that come standard on the GR 86 Premium trim level.
These wheels are styled after Japanese swords.
The compact hub that is created by the 18-inch wheels’ minimally fringed nut holes and truss cross-sectional spokes contributes to the structural rigidity of the wheels.
Ventilated disc brakes measuring 11.6 inches in front and 11.4 inches in back with power assistance provide braking.
Choose Either Manual Operation or Automatic Execution
The six-speed manual transmission found in the GR 86 is sure to please purists of the sports car genre.
Track mode can be activated or vehicle stability control can be deactivated with the simple push of a button for MT drivers (VSC).
It doesn’t matter if you’re changing up from second to third, or if you’re shifting down from fifth to fourth; the shape of the shift lever was designed to make shifting as easy and pleasant as possible.
In addition, a carbon synchronizer was installed so that the changing into the fourth gear would be smoother.
The MT makes use of improved bearings and oil with a lower viscosity in order to facilitate smooth shifting in conjunction with the increased torque output of the 2.4L boxer engine.
An exciting and engaging driving experience can be had by enthusiasts with an Automatic Transmission (AT) that has paddle shifters positioned on the steering wheel.
The driver has the option of selecting the Normal, Sport, Snow, or Track driving mode.
When the sport mode is engaged, the AT monitors the operation of the brakes and accelerator as well as the behavior of the vehicle to determine the best gear for automated shifting.
This gives drivers the level of control they desire. The increased power output of the engine can be delivered in a seamless manner thanks to upgraded clutch discs and a torque converter with a higher capacity.
Design of a purist sports car, with aerodynamics ready for the track
The original 86 model, which debuted in 2012, paid homage to the enjoyable-to-operate AE-86 Corollas that were produced by Toyota in the 1980s.
The new GR 86 maintains that attitude by putting an emphasis on a sporty design and the management of its overall weight.
Its LED headlights have the same sweeping, internal L-form as the GR Supra, which gives them the appearance of being fearless thanks to translucent lens components in the shape of a parabola.
The air intake is fed by a GR sports car-specific G-mesh-shaped matrix grille, and the functional molding on the front bumper boasts a textured shark skin-inspired design to minimize drag.
Both of these characteristics help the car perform better.
Its front fender and massive rocker molding combine to generate side sill spoilers on the side of the vehicle.
These side sill spoilers have integrated air outlets and improve the vehicle’s aerodynamics at the door drop.
The air outlets permit air to escape from within the front wheel arch, which helps to reduce turbulence in the wheel well and supports the vehicle’s overall stability.
Strong front-to-rear posture is shown by a low underbody that is oriented horizontally and combined with emphasized fender tops along the doorline of the vehicle.
The side mirrors are black to provide contrast, and they are somewhat larger than the ones on the previous model.
Additionally, their design is curved to increase airflow and minimize drag.
In the back, inverted wheel arches create the impression of a wide stance, while arch fins direct the flow of air. In order to further improve the vehicle’s stability, aerodynamic fins have been added to the lower rear bumper.
A huge duckbill-shaped spoiler sweeps up from the rear deck of the Premium Grade vehicle to improve the amount of downforce.
The license plate holder has been moved to the bottom of the rear bumper, which has made the opening of the trunk much simpler and helped the vehicle achieve its goal of having a low center of gravity.
To create a wide and linked back, three-dimensional rear taillights wrap around the rear deck and integrate into trim molding along the trunk line. This creates a seamless appearance.
Engineers at GR also pushed the limits of their imagination in order to find ways to reduce the weight of the GR 86.
In addition to the hood, which was originally made of aluminum, the front fenders and roof panel have been updated to be made of aluminum.
The use of structural adhesives in the underbody, a resin fuel door, new lightweight front seat frames, the redesigned EPS, and revisions to the driveline and engine block are some more instances of inventive ways that weight has been reduced.
Cockpit Layout That Puts the Emphasis on the Driver
The GR 86 comes standard with Toyota’s Smart Key System, which can unlock either the driver’s or the passenger’s door.
When they go inside, drivers will be greeted by an instrument panel that is laid out horizontally, providing a clear perspective of the road ahead.
A 7-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) multi-information display comes to life with an animated GR 86 logo when the push-button start function is used.
The information that is displayed to drivers shifts depending on whether they are in the Normal, Sport, Snow, or Track mode (MT offers Track mode only).
When you switch to Sport Mode, the speedometer takes on a more menacing appearance with a red ring around it.
The Track Mode prominently displays an RPM band in the center, along with oil and water coolant temps and a lap timer.
This mode was designed with feedback from race drivers.
The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system has been updated to provide independent temperature changes for the left and right sides of the vehicle.
Additionally, the center console has been updated to include new big LED dials and piano-key buttons.
The music system, hands-free calling, voice-recognition system, display meters, and cruise control are all integrated into the steering wheel that is wrapped in leather; the AT adds an ACC display options button to the steering wheel.
The Premium Grade comes equipped with sports pedals and a footrest made of aluminum. Power windows typically include an automatic up-and-down feature as well as pinch protection.
The front seats of the Premium Grade are adjustable in six different ways, have silver and black accents, and are covered in perforated Alcantara with leather side bolsters.
Additionally, the front seats have two different heating levels. The hand brake, shift boot, and steering wheel all have black and silver accents, just like the rest of the vehicle.
The standard model features a black G-embossed fabric that is adjustable in six different ways and includes sport fabric side bolsters.
In the Premium trim, the rear seats are upholstered in Alcantara, whilst in the standard grade, sport fabric is used.
A center console with a split opening gives two cup holders or storage space, depending on what the passenger needs, along with one auxiliary audio connection and two USB ports within.
The open storage section in the center is also included in the AT version of this product.
The door armrests include a long pull handle that allows for easy access to the storage compartment located inside the door.
The entry-level model comes standard with a multimedia system that has an 8-inch touchscreen and an audio system that has six speakers; the Premium model has an audio system that has eight speakers.
A potent new mode has been added to the equalizer function of the eight-speaker system.
This new mode creates an acoustic impact that places more emphasis on low and high tones.
Either grade has the option of a 10-inch, 200-watt subwoofer that can be dealer- or factory-installed for customers who desire an even deeper bass response. Both options include compatibility with the wired versions of Apple CarPlay® and Android AutoTM, Bluetooth® for use with hands-free phone capability, a trial subscription to the SiriusXM® Platinum Plan for three months, and a trial access to a variety of accessible connected services (with additional subscription).
Customized New Era Hats
The all-new line of Toyota Gazoo Racing accessories is now available to GR 86 drivers who are looking to get even more out of their vehicle.
There is a dual cat-back GR performance exhaust that can be added for some additional growl.
This exhaust has stainless steel bent pipes, black chrome tips, and a debossed GR emblem.
Additionally, there is a GR performance air intake kit that has a larger airbox in addition to
a performance air filter. Additionally, a GR performance stabilizer bar and a bolt-on GR strut tie brace are both available to purchase.
GR rapid shifter kits allow MT enthusiasts to cut down the amount of time it takes to shift between gears.
There is a shift knob with the GR logo engraved onto it, and you can get it for either MT or AT.
Additionally, GR front brake pads can be purchased, and GR wheels of either 17 or 18 inches in diameter can be purchased for added flair.
Gloss black fender vent inserts with larger GR logos add a touch of gloss to the vehicle.
To protect your vehicle’s hood, fenders, and front bumper from dents and scratches, consider installing a paint protection kit made of clear film or door edge guards made of stainless steel.
Protecting the interior of the vehicle with all-weather GR branded floor mats and cargo tray or carpet GR floor mats is helpful. In addition, there is a vinyl GR graphic for the side rocker and a GR 86 logoed rear bumper applique for drivers who are eager to make a statement with their vehicle.
Free Membership to the NASA Store for One Year
Each and every 2022 GR 86 purchase comes with a free membership to the National Auto Sport Association for a period of one year (NASA).
Owners of the GR 86 will be eligible for a variety of advantages, some of which include one complimentary High-Performance Driving Event (HPDE) and subsidized entrance to NASA-sanctioned events.
Active safety features such as pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision throttle management, lane departure warning, sway warning, lead vehicle start alert, and high beam assist are all standard on the Automatic Transmission GR 86.
This model also comes equipped with a high beam assist. In addition, an anti-theft system complete with an engine immobilizer and alarm is standard equipment.
The Toyota Star Safety SystemTM comes standard on all trim levels of the GR 86. This package of active safety features includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), and Brake Assist (BA).
The Smart Stop Technology® (SST), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Track Mode, and Hill Start Assist Control are also included (HAC). LATCH, which stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, is an additional safety feature that comes equipped with lower anchors on outboard rear seats and tether anchors on all rear seats.
Additionally, a Tire Pressure Monitor System is also included (TPMS). Every model comes equipped with seven airbags as standard, including a knee airbag for the driver starting in 2022.
What is the main distinction between trailers that have brakes and those that do not?
The majority of larger trailers and caravans come equipped with an integrated braking system that is actuated via a mechanical link from the tow bar.
This is standard on most models.
This means that when the tow car applies the brakes, the inertia of the force causes what are known as the “overrun brakes,” which are installed to limit the amount of brake effort that is carried out by the tow car. When the tow car applies the brakes, the overrun brakes are applied.
The term “unbraked” refers to lighter, smaller trailers that do not have an integrated braking system and are therefore completely free-wheeling. Because of this, the braking for these trailers is handled entirely by the vehicle that pulls them.
Why is it vital to consider nose weight?
The term “nose weight” refers to the maximum vertical load that is exerted on the tow bar by the trailer or caravan that is coupled to the vehicle (this also applies to tow bar-mounted cycle carriers).
Toyota came up with this number in order to ensure that the front wheels have an adequate amount of traction and steering control at all times.
FAQ on How Much Can A Toyota GT86 Tow
Can a BRZ pull a trailer?
Subaru does not recommend the BRZ for any form of towing. The weight of a trailer would severely impair the vehicle’s performance and impose unnecessary pressure on the essential engine components and affect future value.
Can a BRZ tow a car?
It is important to keep in mind that the maximum load for any vehicle without the use of trailer brakes is 750 kilograms, assuming that the vehicle was rated to tow that much weight in the first place.
How much can a Subaru BRZ tow?
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Can a BRZ tow a jetski?
A BRZ can’t tow anything.
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