Toyota has released pricing details for its updated 86 coupe range, featuring slightly improved performance across the board for a minor increase in price.
Price rises across the range vary from an increase of $800 for the entry-level, $30,790 GT manual, to $300 for the top of the range $38,790 GTS auto. A small impost, but one that takes the 86 above the $30,000 barrier for the first time since it launched in 2012.
The update has targeted a sharper driving feel for the everyman’s sports car, including a stiffer chassis, retuned suspension and improved aerodynamics.
These updates also see the Toyota 86 increase its power through revised intake and exhaust systems, modified pistons, a more rigid cylinder block as well as changes to gear ratios.
All this means when mated with a six speed manual gearbox the coupe produces 5kW more power and 7Nm more torque, lifting total output to 152kW and 212Nm. A minor increase, though Toyota claims the torque curve has been fattened up to improve low- and mid-range driveability.
The auto meanwhile retains its output of 147kW and 205 Nm of torque.
The electronic control systems have also been tweaked, with a new ‘track mode’ now available that allows greater control of car stability and traction systems – including the ability to turn the electronic aids completely off. Hill-start assist is also now standard across the range.
Additional spot welds in the rear part of the 86’s steel bodyshell and thicker reinforcement panels increase rigidity, helping the 86 get the most out of its retuned spring and damper package.
Perhaps the main talking-point of the car though will be front end styling, with a dramatically reprofiled bumper designed to deliver more air flow to the 86’s cooling package.
As a result the 86 has a wider grille than before, with a smoother, more organic form.
The new-look front is complemented by tweaked rear bumper plastics, fresh alloy wheel designs, new headlamp jewellery and LED daytime running lamps. Peek under the bonnet, and a red-painted cast aluminium intake manifold replaces the outgoing model’s all-plastic item.
On the inside, the 86 has been fitted with the smallest-ever steering wheel in a Toyota, which the company says is aimed to provide the driver with optimal grip and feel. The horn pad and button layout has been updated for 2017 as well.
The 86 is offered in two grades, with both the GT and GTS available in either auto or manual configuration. The top of the line GTS gains a rear spoiler, new 17 inch alloy wheels, a 4.2 inch info display with performance read-outs, and a new ‘Grandlux’ material applied to the instrument panel.
The updated 86 is on sale now.
86 GT manual – $30,790
86 GT automatic - $33,090
86 GTS manual - $36,490
86 GTS automatic - $38,790
Metallic paint - $450
Click here to read the full review on the current-generation Toyota 86 range.