Toyota has opted to include more mods aimed at improving the characer of its updated 86 sports car for the 2017 model-year.
The carmaking giant promises that the 86 is now “more driver-focused than ever”, with changes to suspension settings, improved aerodynamics, a stiffer chassis and an upgraded traction control system.
Such changes include additional spot welds at the rear for added rigidity, new shocks and coil springs along with a thicker rear stabiliser bar.
For the first time, drivers will be able to select ‘track’ mode in their 86s, which allows drivers to select the amount of traction control they would like (including “fully off”).
Hill start assist is now standard in all variants.
There are minor styling changes, as previewed in July, with the 86 now sporting a revised front end and a more dramatic look from the side profile. Top-spec GTS variants get a new 17-inch alloy wheel design.
Fans crying out for a sizeable power boost will instead have to make do with a modest 5kW lift in power and a 7Nm addition to the torque figure - and that’s only if they opt for the six-speed manual gearbox.
Automatic buyers get the 147kW and 205Nm outputs respectively - unchanged since the 86 and its Subaru BRZ cousin first launched.
Power comes from a 2.0 litre ‘boxer’ four-cylinder petrol engine, matched with the aforementioned six-speed manual or six-speed auto and driving the rear wheels.
The extra ‘go’ for the manual comes at a price however, with the official fuel figure rising from 7.8 to 8.4 l/100km -a rise of 0.6 l/100km. Part of the rise can be attributed to a new final-drive ratio, with the updated model now 4.3:1 in manual guise compared with 4.1:1 in its predecessor.
As the auto retains the 4.1:1 diff ratio, the fuel figure is unchanged at 7.1 l/100km. That’s an eye-opening 1.3 l/100km less than the manual, although real-world fuel consumption will likely tell a different story.
Inside, the 2017 86 now gets a smaller steering wheel - the smallest ever fitted to a Toyota at 362mm - along with a 4.2-inch colour multi-info display including power and torque curves, a stopwatch and a G-force metre in the 86 GTS.
"These updates for the Toyota 86 are focused on improving the responsiveness, balance and handling of a car that is already rated in the same league as some legendary sports cars," Toyota Australia’s Tony Cramb said.
"It demonstrates the passion within Toyota for designing and engineering cars that look great and provide engaging driving dynamics - a passion that is attracting new, younger customers to the Toyota brand.”
The 2017 Toyota 86 is on sale now, priced from $30,790 plus on-road costs. Prices have risen on all models between $300-800 for the new year.
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2017 TOYOTA 86
- GT manual - $30,790 (up $800)
- GT auto - $33,090 (up $600)
- GTS manual - $36,490 (up $500)
- GTS auto - $38,790 - (up $300)
- Option: metallic paint - $450 (no change)