Australian details for the updated 2017 Toyota 86 have been revealed, including a fresh face, a small power bump along with tweaks to the body and suspension.
Scheduled to go on sale locally in the fourth quarter of this year, Toyota claims the new 86 will offer sharper steering response and improved ride comfort.
As detailed when the new model was initially revealed just before this year’s New York motor show, a small power bump is likely to be included in the update, but only for models equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.
Toyota says its engineers revised engine components including the intake and exhaust manifolds to lift power and torque in the manual version by 3.4 per cent to 152kW and 212Nm (up from the current car’s 147kW and 205Nm) – although the company’s local arm says Australian specifications “may differ”.
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Outside, the 86 features a new face, which includes fins on the front bumper and at the top and bottom of the fog lights. New LED headlights complete the front-end facelift, while the ‘86’ logo has become a standalone badge on the front guards.
At the rear, a new bumper aims to give a wider stance, while the new LED tail-lights are likely inspired by the aftermarket designs fitted by countless owners. A new rear wing shown in the images is likely to be offered on top-spec variants or as a cost-option.
New ‘shoes’ help to complete the 86’s new look, with newly-designed 17-inch ‘gun’ metallic alloys featuring machine-cut highlights.
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Inside, the updated model sports a new steering wheel – the smallest ever used in a Toyota at 362mm in diameter – along with a new tachometer which sits the 86’s 7000rpm redline at the top of the dial rather than the side. Also featured is a new 4.2-inch TFT display in the instrument cluster that displays information such as a G-force meter, along with power and torque curves – likely reserved for higher-spec models too.
Top-spec variants are also likely to feature a black ‘Grand Luxe’ trim on the instrument panel and door trims, which Toyota describes as a “suede-like material”.
Chief engineer Tetsuya Tada said that his team applied the feedback they received from the 86’s numerous class victories at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring races.
“We overhauled everything,” Tada said.
“The new 86 has been perfected to an extent that, from the moment the steering wheel is gripped and the vehicle accelerates away, every driver will recognise its evolution.”
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Local pricing and specification details are yet to be confirmed, however, Toyota’s local arm has confirmed that the 2017 model-year 86 will go on sale in Australia during the fourth quarter of this year – matching the confirmed launch date for its updated Subaru BRZ twin.
Despite cries for a turbocharged version of the 86’s/BRZ’s 2.0-litre direct-injection horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine since the pair’s mid-June 2012 launch, Tada recently said at this year’s Australian Festival of 86 event that the adoption of turbo power is “not particularly for 86 yet” – possibly hinting at plans for the car’s successor.
However, Tada did voice his support for a production version of the 2013 Toyota FT-86 Open concept, saying he is still determined to see a convertible 86 make it to production “someday, somehow”.
Toyota Australia’s design team also were responsible for the Toyota 86 Shooting Brake design concept that was revealed at the 2016 Festival of 86 event in Canberra.
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