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2024 Toyota GR86 Revealed In Japan With AE86 40th Anniversary Edition

24 Sep 2023
  • What are the specifications of the new GR86?
  • What are the specifications of the AE86 40th Anniversary Edition?

Toyota has a rich history in the world of sports cars, and one of its most iconic models is the AE86, which gained fame as the "Hachi-Roku" in Japan. Now, in a move that's sure to delight automotive enthusiasts around the world, Toyota has revealed the 2024 GR86, complete with a special AE86 40th Anniversary Edition. This limited-production sports car pays homage to its legendary predecessor and promises to be a thrilling addition to the Toyota lineup. With only 200 units set for production, it's a collector's dream and a true testament to the AE86's enduring legacy.

The New GR86

The New GR86

Fast forward to 2024, and Toyota has reincarnated the spirit of the AE86 in the form of the GR86. This compact sports car retains its rear-wheel-drive layout, emphasizing the pure joy of driving. The 2024 GR86 features a lightweight body, a low center of gravity, and a finely-tuned suspension, all aimed at delivering a dynamic driving experience reminiscent of its iconic ancestor.

Under the hood, the GR86 packs a 2.4-liter flat-four engine that produces 228 horsepower, a significant upgrade over its predecessor. This power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, offering drivers the choice between a traditional manual experience or the convenience of an automatic gearbox.

AE86 40th Anniversary Edition

AE86 40th Anniversary Edition

The highlight of the 2024 GR86 launch is undoubtedly the AE86 40th Anniversary Edition. This special edition pays homage to the original AE86 with a range of exclusive features that are sure to please die-hard fans. Limited to just 200 units worldwide, it's a true collector's item.

The AE86 40th Anniversary Edition boasts a striking two-tone paint scheme, combining a classic white body with a black roof and hood. This design is a nod to the iconic Panda Trueno AE86 that became famous in the world of motorsports. The car also features unique badging, including a special 40th Anniversary emblem on the exterior.

Inside, the cabin is adorned with premium materials and special AE86-themed touches. The sporty seats are upholstered in a combination of leather and Alcantara, providing both comfort and support during spirited driving. An exclusive plaque on the dashboard reminds owners of the limited production run.

Performance-wise, the AE86 40th Anniversary Edition benefits from unique suspension tuning, enhancing its cornering prowess and handling precision. It's a package that's designed to capture the spirit of the original AE86 while delivering modern performance.

The 2024 Toyota GR86 and the AE86 40th Anniversary Edition are a fitting tribute to the legendary AE86, a car that left an indelible mark on the world of sports cars. Toyota's commitment to delivering an engaging, driver-focused experience shines through in the GR86's design and performance. The limited-production AE86 40th Anniversary Edition is a rare gem that pays homage to its heritage while embracing modern technology.

With only 200 units available, the AE86 40th Anniversary Edition is set to become a collector's item and a coveted piece of automotive history. Whether you're a long-time fan of the AE86 or simply someone who appreciates the thrill of driving, the 2024 Toyota GR86 and its special edition are sure to ignite your passion for sports cars. Toyota's dedication to honoring its past while embracing the future is evident in every aspect of these vehicles, making them a must-see for car enthusiasts around the world.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.

Italian Government Pressures Alfa Romeo to Rename Milano SUV to 'Junior'

16 Apr 2024
Italian Government Pressures Alfa Romeo to Rename Milano SUV to 'Junior'

In a surprising turn of events, Alfa Romeo has announced that it will be changing the name of its recently unveiled Milano SUV to "Junior" after facing pressure from the Italian government. This decision comes amidst criticism from Italy's industry minister, Adolfo Urso, who expressed concerns over the marketing of a foreign-manufactured vehicle bearing an Italian name.

Auto China 2024 and beyond: Mercedes-Benz to showcase its focus on China with new products and localised developments

16 Apr 2024
Auto China 2024 and beyond: Mercedes-Benz to showcase its focus on China with new products and localised developments

At and around Auto China 2024, Mercedes Benz underlines its commitment to delivering dedicated products and technologies to Chinese customers. As the largest single automotive market in the world, China plays an important role in the long-term strategy of Mercedes Benz. Running up to the show, the company will maintain its leadership position in this market, headlined by the world premiere of the all-new electric Mercedes Benz G Class.

China is home to the company’s largest production site and the most comprehensive R&D hub outside Germany, playing a significant role in Mercedes Benz’s global R&D network. In recent years, Mercedes Benz strengthened its R&D capabilities in China, particularly in electrification and digitalisation. In 2021, the company opened the new R&D Tech Centre China in Beijing, equipped with state-of-the-art testing labs, including E drive, battery, charging, NVH, and more. In 2022, Mercedes Benz established the new R&D Centre Shanghai, focusing on connectivity, automated driving, plus software and hardware development. This April, a new building will be added with advanced hardware and software facilities designed to accelerate local development in cutting-edge digital innovations. Besides the R&D Centre, the existing Design Centre will continue to promote the digital dimension in Mercedes Benz designs.

Gordon Murray Automotive reveals all T.50s commemorative names ahead of prototype global dynamic debut

16 Apr 2024
Gordon Murray Automotive reveals all T.50s commemorative names ahead of prototype global dynamic debut

Premium British vehicle manufacturer Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) has announced the 25 commemorative names to be paired with the 25 T.50s Niki Lauda chassis. Each of the track-only T.50s supercars will celebrate Gordon Murray’s rich racing heritage with their names commemorating the dates of his first 24 Grand Prix wins at different circuits, and a special endurance race victory.

Already allocated to their owners, each of the T.50s chassis is themed chronologically, starting with Murray’s first race victory – 1974 South Africa at Kyalami – and continuing with each subsequent win at unique locations: 1974 USA at Watkins Glen; 1975 Brazil at Interlagos; 1975 Germany at Nürburgring; 1978 Sweden at Anderstorp; 1980 Italy at Imola; 1980 Netherlands at Zandvoort; 1981 Argentina at Buenos Aires; 1982 Monte Carlo at Monaco; 1982 Canada at Montreal; 1983 Brazil at Rio; 1983 Italy at Monza; 1983 UK at Brands Hatch; 1984 USA at Detroit; 1985 France at Paul Ricard; 1988 Mexico at Mexico City; 1988 UK at Silverstone; 1988 Belgium at Spa; 1988 Portugal at Estoril; 1998 Spain at Jerez; 1988 Japan at Suzuka; 1988 Germany at Hockenheim; 1988 Hungary at Hungaroring; 1988 Australia at Adelaide; 1995 France at La Sarthe.

The news comes ahead of the global dynamic debut of the T.50s Niki Lauda prototype on 13 April at the UK’s Goodwood Motor Circuit. The first public outing for the T.50s prototype will headline the 81st Goodwood Members Meet where more than 15,000 track spectators will enjoy the first outing of the race-spec car revving through to its 12,100 rpm redline. The T.33 mule ‘James’ will also make its dynamic debut at the event marking the progress made by the GMA R&D team and enabling the public to hear the GMA.2 V12 engine for the first time.

The Goodwood event will celebrate the career of famed racer Niki Lauda – the 1970s and 1980s F1 driver whose name appears on every T.50s. Raising the occasion’s significance further, GMA will explain the unique connection between the T.50s and the iconic Brabham BT46B ‘Fan Car’ that Niki Lauda drove to a commanding victory at the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix.

Conceived by Gordon Murray during his 17-year tenure as Chief Designer at the Brabham Formula One team, the BT46B rose to instant iconic status due to Murray’s innovative addition of a ground-effect fan system. Having dominated and won its inaugural race at Anderstorp, Sweden in the hands of Niki Lauda, the model was withdrawn by Brabham to pacify other teams for the good of the championship.

Gordon Murray, CBE – Executive Chairman, Gordon Murray Group: “The dynamic debuts of the GMA T.33 mule and GMA T.50s XP1 mark an important milestone in the development of both supercars. I’m also proud that we will participate in honouring a man who was a one-of-a-kind racer and a great friend by showcasing the T.50s Niki Lauda at Goodwood. Additionally, revealing the 25 historically significant motor racing names for our track-only T.50s is the perfect way to celebrate a favourite event for me and the whole GMA team.”

GMA’s Dario Franchitti will present attendees with an insightful overview of the story of the BT46B and its significance in the design and engineering of the T.50 supercar and its track-spec T.50s sibling. The GMA team will also be joined by His Grace the Duke of Richmond who will take a tour of the Murray display of heritage race cars and modern-day GMA supercars.