Toyota releases 86 upgrade kit

Toyota releases 86 upgrade kit

Upgrade package adds cosmetic/chassis enhancements, but no performance boost.

Remember the Toyota 86 Limited Edition we told you about back in June that was limited to just 60 units? Well now 86 owners and buyers can get their hands on the same, previously exclusive upgrades.

While the entire 86 range will now include satellite navigation as standard and an updated app-connected infotainment system, the optional performance kit will allow new buyers and existing owners to add the three main elements from the Limited Edition model: bigger Brembo brakes, Sachs dampers and anthracite-coloured 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels.

Even though it comprises several quality parts, the kit is rather reasonable. For just $2,200 extra for the flagship GTS model and $2,900 for the base GT (due to the upgrade from 16- to 17-inch wheels), Toyota 86 fans can make their vehicles look like the Limited Edition variant (minus the bright orange colour).

Meanwhile, Toyota dealers are also offering a unique cosmetic package for GTS variants. This includes a new ‘Moon Slate’ exterior paint colour, red interior trim highlights and a unique black finish for the 17-inch alloys, rear spoiler and external mirrors. This variant is priced from $39,400 plus on-road costs.

Like the Limited Edition, there are no changes to the 86’s Subaru-sourced 152kW manual (147kW auto) 2.0-litre boxer engine.

“We’ve chosen two renowned performance suppliers – brands that are used in Formula 1 – to expand the 86 coupe’s credentials as a true driver’s car,” said Tony Cramb, Toyota Australia’s director of sales and marketing.

“These performance components will add to driver involvement and enjoyment, whether it is on the road or the track.”

Pricing for the updated 86 range will start higher (due to the updated infotainment system with satellite-navigation and Toyota Link) at $31,440 plus on-road costs for the GT manual, and $36,640 plus on-road costs for the GTS manual.

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