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2022 Toyota GR86 Doesn't Venture Off-Script

The Toyota GR86 is a lovely small sports car, and it's not trying to be anything other than that.

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The first-generation Toyota 86 was a hoot, but there were plenty of cries from enthusiasts about how the car lacked power and felt a bit cheap. 

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The second-generation GR86 remedies those things, and in the search for a more mature sports car, Toyota didn't forget what the underlying recipe is all about.  

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Under the hood is a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated flat-4 gas engine, and it eliminates any desire for more power I had in the first-gen model.     

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228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet may not look like much on paper, but it feels like a huge bump when driving, thanks to the torque arriving at a much, much lower point on the tachometer.    

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Pulling and passing are possible in nearly any gear at any speed, reducing the need for unnecessary shifting, but I find myself letting the revs climb, since the GR86's engine note get louder and better as the needle rises.

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The clutch is nicely weighted, but the bite point is a little too high for my taste, preventing some shifts from feeling as smooth as they might otherwise.    

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Throttle modulation is easy when the car is in gear, but the by-wire system seems to react inconsistently when starting off and when blipping for downshifts, leading to some awkward lurches.    

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There's also a fair bit of rev hang, requiring some short pauses during upshifts for the smoothest engagement.     

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The EPA rates the manual GR86 at 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, numbers that I feel are actually on the low side.     

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