Toyota 86 Gets Facelift for 2017
Toyota has revealed a number of changes for the 2017 model 86. More power and revised exterior styling make for an exciting prospect.
Last month, we told you about Toyota’s plan to axe its US-based Scion brand. We now know that various Scion models will be renamed and go on sale in August as 2017 models. The Scion iM will become the Toyota Corolla iM; the Scion iA will become the Toyota Yaris iA; and the Scion FR-S will become the Toyota 86 (surprise, surprise). The tC coupe has been discontinued.
The car of most interest to us is, of course, Australia’s most popular sports car, the 86 and Toyota has revealed its 2017 facelift ahead of its debut at this week’s New York Auto Show.
Now if you were expecting wholesale change you will be disappointed. That’s because Toyota has only made a number of tweaks to the 86’s styling and mechanical package.
Under the bonnet the 86’s 2.0-litre boxer four gets an extra 5-horsepower, but remains naturally aspirated, meaning the calls for a turbo were ignored by Toyota. Nevertheless, the modest power increase may just be enough to satisfy those people who complain about the 86’s lumpy power curve.
According to Toyota, “additional performance comes from a gear ratio change”, which will hopefully give the 86 engine a bit more added pep.
The front bumper has been restyled and features a larger grille, which Toyota says emphasises the car’s low and wide stance. At the rear end, the 86 gets a brand new bumper, which boasts restyled LED tail-lights.
There’s also new suspension, with improved damper and spring rates, as well as added hill-start assist for the manual models.
Redesigned alloy wheels and fog light bezels top the car off. Overall, the 86 looks busier and more aggressive.
But here’s food for thought… how about a convertible Toyota 86? The good folks over at X-Tomi have produced a rendering of what such a vehicle might look like:
Now if only Toyota would give the green light for an open-top variant. Here’s hoping!