2nd-Gen Toyota 86 to get More Power & Updated Styling
It’s time for the Toyota GT86 to get a refresh and fans are in for a treat if recent rumours are true…
You could be forgiven for thinking that the Toyota GT86 hasn’t been around for that long. However, it’s been in production since the beginning of 2012 and that means only one thing: it’s time for an update. And now we know what to expect in April next year when that happens.
The styling is going to get an overhaul, that’s a given, but Australian media are also reporting that the GT86 will also get a small power boost too. A source close to Motoring said to expect some “major body panel redesign”. But before you go getting too excited about a major redesign, don’t. The source also said: “It won’t be too radical because the 86 is made on the same assembly line as the Subaru BRZ, so the restyling process must be carried out within set parameters.”
There will, however, be a new front end, which will boast a new bonnet, headlights, bumper and a larger lower grille. The GT86’s rear end will also get a slight makeover, with repositioned exhausts and a more aggressive-looking diffuser.
When it comes to performance, the new GT86 is expected to generate around 208-horsepower from its same 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine. That’s about an 11-horsepower boost from its current power output. Not much to write home about, but an increase nonetheless.
Sachs dampers will also be fitted as standard and the GT86 will also get a heftier rear suspension to improve rear-end rigidity and improve handling.
Subaru have already announced a potentially hotter version of the BRZ, but Toyota haven’t made a similar one for the GT86. This could quite simply be because Subarus are selling like hotcakes at the moment, whereas GT86 and Scion FR-S sales have levelled off recently.
Only time will tell if Toyota have a sportier GT86 hiding up their sleeves…
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