Remember when the first-gen 86 launched with a jaw-dropping low price of $29,990? 😬

UPDATE: 2023 Toyota GR86 to start from $43,240 in Australia

The new 2023 Toyota GR86 coupe, launching in Australia this week, will go on sale from $43,240 for the GT and $45,390 for the top-shelf GTS, before on-road costs.

In what may be infuriating news for hopeful buyers with a preference for a manual transmission, the prices above apply to both the manual and the automatic forms of both trim grades.

Indeed, the prices are a match for the automatic versions of Subaru’s BRZ coupe, while opting for metallic or pearl paint will add a further $575 – an option which Subaru includes in its pricing.

Speaking with Wheels editor Andy Enright at the GR86 launch event today, product planning boss Justin Hood said: “We think it’s suitable and appropriate for the market place. We’ve adopted the same policy with the Supra.”

Buyers could be forgiven for reading the above as a “because we can” scenario – and with the current state of supply and demand across all Australian model lines, there’s little to be surprised at.

A member of the ’22+ Toyota GR86 ZN8 / Subaru BRZ ZD8 Owners Club Australia’ group on Facebook alerted Wheels Media to this pricing late last night, posted to the group as an excerpt from a dealer bulletin, but the pricing has become official only this morning.

“This means over $4500 more driveaway for a manual GR86 GTS in most of their colours than the exact same equivalent BRZ,” the reader said.

“Such a disappointment after such a long wait. I have so much regret for not just ordering a BRZ the day they were announced nearly a year ago.”

Watch for Andy Enright’s review to come soon, and catch our earlier drive reviews at the links below.

Mike Stevens

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July, 2022: September launch confirmed, 10th Anniversary Edition revealed

Snapshot

  • 2023 Toyota GR86 set for September launch
  • 10th Anniversary Edition to arrive later this year; 86 examples available
  • Pricing and features to be announced in the coming weeks

The second-generation 2023 Toyota GR86 will arrive locally in September, followed by a limited-run 10th Anniversary Edition, the brand has confirmed.

It has been a long time coming for the two-door, rear-wheel drive GR86, which first debuted in April 2021, with additional development work reportedly behind the delay.

Its identical Subaru BRZ twin arrived in Australia in late 2021, albeit in limited numbers.

Revealed today, the Toyota GR86 10th Anniversary Edition will arrive in late 2022, exclusive to 86 units for Australia – marking 10 years since the first-generation, Wheels Car of the Year-winning 86 launched, with more than 22,000 sales recorded since.

It gains a unique orange exterior paint colour – similar to the original 86’s Velocity Orange launch hue – and a two-tone cabin with orange and black highlights, and 10th Anniversary embroidery on the door cards.

Toyota will first offer the GR86 10th Anniversary Edition to members of the Gazoo Racing Club – currently available to GR Yaris and GR Supra owners – with priority access to orders.

Exclusive benefits of the Gazoo Racing Club include; free yearly membership, merchandise, track-day events and a premium fuel discount at participating outlets. It will open to GR86 and GR Corolla owners later this year.

“Ten years ago, we launched the original Toyota 86 in Australia, creating a following for those wanting a sports car that blends reliable performance and great value,” said Sean Hanley, vice president of national sales and marketing at Toyota Australia.

“With the new generation GR86 just around the corner, what better way to commemorate a decade of our exciting coupe than with this special 10th Anniversary model.”

Set to join the GR Supra, GR Yaris and GR Corolla in Toyota’s performance vehicle range, the GR86 features an upgraded 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated flat-four engine producing 173kW of power and 250Nm of torque – a 21kW and 38Nm increase over the 2.0-litre unit in the outgoing 86.

A six-speed manual or automatic transmission will be offered, with manual variants likely to forgo active safety equipment, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB) – as seen on the Subaru BRZ.

AEB will become a requirement for all new vehicles sold in Australia from March 2025.

Pricing and features for the wider 2023 Toyota GR86 range will be announced in the coming weeks, while Toyota will release further details on the 10th Anniversary Edition at the GR86’s September launch.

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