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Friday, August 19, 2022

Specs, Prices, Variants: Everything You Need To Know About The 2023 Toyota GR86

Around a week after they opened the order books (and offered a sneak peek), Toyota Motor Philippines has finally revealed the Philippine spec, second-generation GR86 in its entirety. Its official release date is still on August 26, but we happened to get our grimy hands on the boxer-powered, rear-wheel drive sportscar.

How many variants are there?

There are just two variants for the 2023 GR86, and they’re distinguishable by their transmission—one has a 6-speed manual, while the other has a 6-speed automatic.

What’s the price?

The 2023 GR86 2.4 MT sets you back P 2,328,000, while the 2023 GR86 2.4 AT goes for P 2,499,000. That’s a P 171,000 gap between the two variants.

What’s standard across the line-up?

Standard across the GR86 are features such as LED headlights with headlamp washers and high-gloss black side mirrors caps. They also share the same 2.4-liter horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine which offers 237 horsepower (PS, if you’re strict) at 7,000 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 3,700 rpm. Oddly enough, pop the gas tank and there are Arabic text there indicating that the Philippines shares the same specification as the Middle East (it also requires a diet of 95 RON octane). All GR86 variants also get cruise control and a Torsen-type limited slip differential.

What’s the base model like?

Basically, the MT is bare. Toyota says they’ve done this because they understand buyers of the MT will likely tune or modify their GR86 down the line. It’s distinguished by its two-tone 17-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Primacy HP tires. Inside, it has fabric seats with a G-pattern, faux leather soft-padding on the door cards, dual zone climate control, and an 8-inch infotainment system with 6 speakers. For safety, it’s got a rear backup camera on top of the usual assortment of airbags and electronic nannies.

What do you get with the AT?

The P 171,000 price gap goes a long way for the GR86. Aside from getting paddle shifters and a 6-speed torque converter automatic, this top-spec variant is meant to stay stock. That means, it gets the samurai sword-inspired 18-inch black alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, Ultrasuede/leather seats, Ultrasuede trim on the doors, and an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

It’s also the only variant to get a driver assist system that uses a pair of cameras developed by Subaru. Here though, Toyota Motor Philippines is calling it the GR86 Advanced Driver Assist Suite (we might have gotten the exact wording wrong, but whatever it is, it’s a mouthful). This unlocks pre-collision mitigation, automatic high beam, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning to its mix of safety features. This variant also gets rear back-up sensors on top of the rear camera, but unlike the Subaru BRZ, it doesn’t have any blind spot indicators.

Where can I place a reservation?

The GR86 is only available in GR Performance-accredited Toyota dealerships. That means you can only get one at 19 out of 72 Toyota dealerships nationwide, namely:
  • Toyota Alabang
  • Toyota Bacoor, Cavite
  • Toyota Batangas City
  • Toyota Calamba Laguna
  • Toyota Cebu
  • Toyota Commonwealth
  • Toyota Davao City
  • Toyota Global City
  • Toyota La Union
  • Toyota Lipa, Batangas
  • Toyota Mabolo Cebu
  • Toyota Makati
  • Toyota Manila Bay
  • Toyota Otis
  • Toyota Quezon Avenue
  • Toyota San Fernando, Pampanga
  • Toyota San Pablo, Laguna
  • Toyota Silang, Cavite
  • Toyota Tacloban, Leyte
How does it drive?

We’ve managed to drive the GR86, and we promise that story’s coming out real soon.


  1. Will there be a recall?

    1. Maybe they will wait for more engine failures before issuing a recall.

  2. I’ve heard that it’s not that good to daily it.

  3. GR86 or GR Yaris? Which is better?


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