2017 Toyota 86 Gets Price Hike, Performance Boost
Toyota’s 86 sports coupe will now be up to $800 more expensive, but buyers will get some additions for their extra money.
The 2017 Toyota 86 will get a number of mods aimed at improving its character, as well as a bit of a price hike, according to a recent announcement from Toyota.
When the Toyota 86 landed in June 2012 with its $29,990 price tag ($2,000 cheaper than its Subaru BRZ twin), many people were surprised by the Japanese sports car’s affordability. But prices never stay the same forever, and the entry level GT six-speed manual will be $800 more expensive from next year at $30,790 (exc. on-road costs) – the highest price increase across the range.
The six-speed automatic increases $600 to $33,090, while the GTS manual is up $500 to $36,490, and the GTS auto goes up $300 to $38,790 (all exc. on-road costs).
However, Toyota promises that the 86 is now “more driver-focused than ever”, with improved aerodynamics, changes to suspension settings, an upgraded traction control system and a stiffer chassis.
Extra spot welds at the rear of the car improve rigidity, while new shocks, coil springs and fatter rear stabiliser bar also alter the overall feel.
Drivers will also be able to select ‘track mode’ in their 86s, which allows them to choose the amount of traction control, and turn it off completely if they wish.
The new 86 also gets a few minor styling revisions, including a revised front end and a more dramatic look from the side profile. There’s also LED headlights with daytime running lights as standard, plus a revised cabin. The top-spec GTS variant gets a new 17-inch alloy wheel design.
In terms of power, the new 86’s 2.0-litre ‘boxer’ four-cylinder petrol engine gets a modest 5kW boost and a 7Nm addition to the torque figure, making it 152kW/212Nm, mainly thanks to a revised intake/exhaust system. It’s perhaps less than most fans wanted, but it’s an improvement nonetheless.
Automatic versions will still get the 147kW and 205Nm outputs respectively, which remains unchanged since the 86 was first launched.
Talking about the revisions, Toyota Australia’s executive director of sales and marketing, Tony Cramb, said: “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.”