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Progressive changes deliver on performance in the 2017 Toyota 86

Toyota has enhanced the dynamic performance, ride comfort and pursued a more quality feel interior in the new look 86 sports coupe for 2017.

Evolving the essence of ‘86’ that has seen it gain a niche following both on and off the race track, the 2017 lineup arrives with changes in favour of aerodynamics alongside understated cosmetic advances.

“The Toyota 86 has always been about the thrill and fun of driving which earned it a sound reputation with enthusiasts and motorsport users alike, says Spencer Morris, Toyota New Zealand’s General Manager of Product.

“Though the 2017 changes are subtle, they’re focused on improving responsiveness, balance and handling with freshened styling.”

The 2017 Toyota 86, priced from $46,986, is available with a six speed manual gearbox and the GT86 has a choice of manual or six speed automatic with steering wheel paddle shifters.

Manual transmission models gain more power – now 152kW, up from 147kW - with torque increasing to 212Nm through revised intake and exhaust systems, revised pistons, a more rigid cylinder block and a differential gear-ratio change. While automatic models retain the same impressive power and torque as the outgoing model.

The 2.0-litre aluminium horizontally opposed direct-injection engine offers premium combined fuel economy of just 8.4 litres/100kms for the manual and 7.1 litres/100kms for the auto with combined CO2 emissions at 194 and 164 grams/km respectively*

There has been subtle retuning of the coil springs and shock absorbers to take advantage of the 86’s ultra-low centre of gravity for greater stability, handling and ride comfort, supported by a thicker rear stabiliser bar.

Up front there’s a noticeably more planted profile owed to the lowered nose and wider grille opening while the introduction of canards towards the edges of the lower front bumper enhances the road-holding performance. There are striking black resin fins seen on both models which also act as a fog lamp surround on the GT86 variants.

A streamlined headlamp design replaces the outgoing slanted halogens offering new look Bi-beam LED headlights with Daytime Running Lights (DRL).

The widened approach continues through to the rear design seen in the lowered bumper, rear diffuser - now with more pronounced angles - and streamlined rear combination lights which also house the new LED indicators.

For GT86 variants, an aluminium wing-like spoiler replaces the previously integrated spoiler adding to the agility, handling stability and aerodynamics.

In the cabin there is a new smaller 362mm diameter steering wheel – the smallest ever fitted to a Toyota - to provide sharper steering feedback, while the GT86 variants adopt easy to access steering wheel controls for the audio and new multi-information display (MID).

In GT86 variants, the tachometer makes way for a new 4.2” colour MID, the 7,000rpm redline is positioned at 12 o’clock for easier viewing and heightened driver-centric appeal. The MID features displays for fuel economy, cruising distance, G Force, stopwatch, power and torque curves.

GT86 variants also see an increase in design features felt throughout the cockpit including newly introduced black buckskin pattern Grandlux upholstery for the meter hood, upper door panel and instrument panel  with “Toyota” and “86” embroidery on the dash. There is carbon-look ornamentation and chrome plated interior handles to complement the new perforated black Alcantara seat material with optional red accents. Rear privacy glass also comes standard for the GT86.

The 86 has a decorative carbon instrument panel finish, new high grade black material seat fabric with a suede-like texture and features a 10-spoke, 16” alloy wheel design. While the GT86 accommodates larger front and rear brake discs and sits upon a new 10-spoke, 17 inch alloy wheel design. Both variants now come with a temporary spare wheel as standard.

The 5-Star ANCAP safety rated 86 range adds a reversing camera and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) as standard for 2017 to the already comprehensive safety specification levels including; a seven airbag system, Vehicle stability Control (VSC), Anti-locking Brakes (ABS) and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS).

 

Toyota 86 pricing:

Toyota 86 (manual only)                          $46,986
Toyota GT 86 manual                              $51,986
Toyota GT 86 automatic                          $52,986

 

*Results achieved in test conditions. Actual fuel economy and emissions may vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition and options/accessories fitted. Fuel consumption data provided for comparison purposes only. Source: ADR 81/02 combined cycle (L/100km) for automatic and manual models.