An announcement from Toyota Gazoo Racing has confirmed that the new Toyota GR86 will be made available in Gran Turismo Sport on July 8, ahead of the car’s debut in the 2021 Toyota GR GT Cup.
We’ve known about the car’s impending appearance in the game for a little while now, as its name appeared on the schedule for the championship’s seventh round, which takes place in August. However, this is the first time we’ve had a defined date for the GR86 to make its digital bow, and it’s just five weeks away at this point.
Toyota originally unveiled the GR86, the successor to the 86 GT, back in April. The new car is ever so slightly longer than the original, but also lighter and more powerful thanks to a revised 2.4-liter version of the boxer four engine.
According to Gran Turismo at least, it’ll also be significantly more expensive. While players only have to part with 29,052cr for the 2015 86 GT, 31,840cr for the 2016 “Limited”, or 50,000cr for the hopped-up GRMN version, the GR86 will come in at a whopping but appropriate 86,000cr. In the real world it’s likely to be only a modest price increase over the outgoing model.
Toyota GR’s announcement is actually part of a raft of celebrations around the car’s launch to market. There’s a festival this coming weekend at Fuji Speedway by the name of “Fuji 86 Style with BRZ 2021”, during which Toyota will reveal concept tuner cars based on the GR86 and its Subaru BRZ twin.
In addition Toyota will also reveal a one-make race car based on both (despite that being two makes) for a race series in 2022. There’s no word yet on whether any of these machines will come to Gran Turismo, other than the base GR86.
Polyphony Digital hasn’t announced any schedule for an update featuring the car, so for now July 8 is only penciled in on the calendar, but we’re expecting more information in due course.