Toyota GT86 Facelift
Ch-ch-changes in the Toyota GT86 Facelift
It’s only a week until the New York Motor Show kicks off, but Toyota couldn’t wait to reveal the facelifted GT86.
It’s more than just a simple spit and polish: front-end changes give the GT86 much more attitude, with a fresh bumper boasting a bigger central air intake, more sculptural slide air intakes, and new LED headlamps.
The bigger front grille helps give the car a sportier look, as well as a new bumper and revised fog light housings with an updated design. The refreshed model also gets LED headlamps and a new ‘twisted spoke’ alloy-wheel design.
Toyota has also had a play with the GT86’s interior to try and make it a bit more premium. Inside, you’ll find leather upholstery with grippy Alcantara – a suede-like material – trimming the seats and covering the door cards. The cloth seats have been updated with contrasting silver stitching as well, and there’s a new steering wheel design featuring audio controls and a central ’86’ logo.
The only changes under the hood are to the suspension, with a few tweaks helping to improve the car’s agility. Toyota has promised the facelifted GT86 will be even sharper to drive than the current model. The company says the new setup will make the car more comfortable, but also control body lean in the corners better and make the car more agile.
The Euro-spec GT86 also gets revised shock tuning. The spring rate has been changed to improve the control and agility. In the U.S.-spec 2017 Toyota 86, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine has been improved to produce an extra 5 hp and 5 lb.-ft. of torque. The naturally aspirated engine now produces 200 hp and 156 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s a 5 hp and 6.6 lb-ft boost but should give the car a bit more zip from low revs and improve the 86’s slightly flat midrange. The gear ratio has been changed. Lastly, Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) system has also been added.
Fortunately, the aftermarket support for the GT86 is excellent, including bolt-on supercharger packages and more from Cosworth. If you really feel it needs more power, then there are plenty of options out there.
Perhaps the biggest change to the sports coupe for American buyers has nothing to do with its styling. Although it was launched as a Scion FR-S in 2012, Toyota’s decision to discontinue the Scion brand means the updated car will be sold as an 86 in Toyota showrooms. The news comes as Toyota announces the GT 86 CS-Cup, a competition car designed to race at the Nurburgring in Germany, and the GT 86 CS-R3 for rear-wheel drive rallying.
There’s no word yet on pricing, but don’t expect it to change much. After being revealed at this month’s New York Motor Show, the revised Toyota GT86 will go on sale in the US towards the end of this year. When it does, look for the GT86 at Elmhurst Toyota.