Toyota’s popular 86 sports coupe has been given a key update for the 2015 model year, while also benefiting from savings passed on through Australia’s new free-trade agreement with Japan.
For the new model year, the entry-level 86 GT now packs a reversing camera and touchscreen display as standard equipment.
A full-size spare is also now a no-cost option with the GT manual, as an alternative to the tyre-repair kit that was already standard.
The update adds more than $1000 in value to the GT model, while the cost of entry remains steady at the same $29,990 price the 86 launched with in 2012.
Toyota has also shaved $300 from the price of the auto-equipped GT, now set at $32,490 plus on-roads, while the GTS manual and auto models benefit from $500 and $800 savings.
In all models, the reversing camera - already standard with the GTS - displays its image on a 6.1 inch touchscreen monitor.
That upgrade means the GT now also gets an updated audio system, although it still misses out on the satellite navigation that is standard with GTS models.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- GT manual - $29,990
- GT auto - $32,490
- GTS manual - $35,990
- GTS auto - $38,490
- Full-size spare - no cost
- Premium paint - $450
- Aero pack (GTS only) - $3,000
Local sales of Toyota’s 86 have tapered off since its Australian launch nearly three years ago, with 248 sold in February 2015 against 453 for the same period last year.
Sales may soon boom again however, with the recently announced Toyota 86 Pro-Am racing series likely to spur renewed interest in the capable coupe.
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