It’s safe to say that with the Toyota 86, the general consensus is that it needs more power. Ask any car enthusiast worth his salt at car meets, messaging boards and the comments sections of automotive websites, and they’ll tell you they would buy one…if only it had a bit of extra muscle. And predictably, Toyota has responded by releasing a sportier version that gives you everything except exactly that.

In fact, this time it’s a bit less than everything because the new 86 GR Sport, which went on sale in Japan yesterday, sits below the more hardcore GR – which also doesn’t get any more power. The FA20 2.0 litre direct-injected flat-four, then, remains completely identical and makes 207 PS at 7,000 rpm and 212 Nm of torque between 6,400 and 6,800 rpm, sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.

What the GR Sport does get is the GR’s aerokit, consisting of a front lip spoiler and bumper fins, side skirts and a bootlid spoiler. Also fitted are Brembo disc brakes with four-piston front and two-piston rear callipers (the GR gets six pistons at the front and four at the rear), a smaller GR leather-wrapped steering wheel and the GR’s instrument cluster with its black-on-white rev counter.

In terms of chassis upgrades, there’s just the one – a rear suspension brace for better ride and handling. It loses out on the GR’s 17-inch Rays alloy wheels, Sachs dampers, Recaro bucket seats and Torsen limited-slip differential, on top of the aforementioned larger brakes. The GR Sport is available in three exterior colours, Crystal White Pearl, Crystal Black Silica and Pure Red.

Additionally, Toyota has revealed the GR Parts lineup for the 86, which consists of accessories for the standard car, the GR Sport and the GR. These include all the exterior addenda of the GR Sport, plus the GR steering wheel and a GR-branded starter button. There’s also a GR T-Connect Navi system – limited to just 200 units – that incorporates the Toyota Gazoo Racing Recorder with a lap and rally timer.

In October, the lineup will be expanded to include the GR’s Rays alloys (with or without the larger brakes), a front steering rack brace and the GR Sport’s rear suspension brace.