The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ seem unable to get away from their negative reputation online. The Mazda MX-5 Miata has no problem gaining fans that want an affordable sports car. However, the Toyobaru twins, which also offer attainable performance, can’t seem to find a similar footing. The 2017 Toyota 86 has a new name, a fresh face, and a little more power.
Even with the latest upgrades, the 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder’s 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque doesn’t make it a powerhouse by modern standards. However, a naturally aspirated engine with over 100 horsepower per liter is still rather impressive in this price range. Toyota doesn’t have details yet, but the company claims that new ratios for the six-speed manual transmission also offer increase the coupe’s performance. Updated shock tuning and spring rates should sharpen the handling a little, too.