For enthusiasts who thought the sporty 86 wasn’t sporty enough, the front suspension setup is now more rigid while both front and rear get retuned shock absorbers.
The reworked suspension provides more stable damping and improved friction control, promising smoother but more communicative handling, with reduced body-roll and "crisper steering".
The 86’s Chief Engineer, Tetsuya Tada, said that the 86 model is one the carmaker is constantly aiming to improve.
“There is no reason that development should stop, only because the vehicle has gone on sale,” Mr Tada said.
“[The 86] is all about driver involvement, and we are committed to keep enhancing this aspect of the car. The 2015 model year delivers the latest status of 86’s continuous evolution.”
Inside, the updated model gets a retouched instrument panel, featuring a carbon-fibre motif dashboard insert designed to give the interior a more “premium appearance”.
Exterior changes include the addition of a ‘shark fin’ antenna, designed to improve the aerodynamics and appearance of the 86, and new pearl-white and silver paint finishes.
The updated Toyota 86 will arrive in European showrooms during the northern summer.
Speaking with TMR today, Toyota Australia's Stephen Coughlan said "the Australian 86 will undergo an update in the third quarter of this year."
"Still a little too early to talk specifics, but we'll confirm all details at the time of the launch," he added.
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