Facelifted Toyota GT 86 Replaces Scion FR-S, Will Debut In New York

The Scion brand has been axed by Toyota, but the FR-S will continue to live in the States as the GT 86, which has received a few tweaks for the 2017 MY.

Previewed by the manufacturer ahead of its public debut, which will take place at the 2016 New York Auto Show next week, the compact rear-wheel drive coupe features a more aggressive styling.

Changes to the exterior include reconfigured LED headlights and turn signals, revised front bumper, larger center air intake, LED taillights and a new rear bumper design, joined by the fresh wheels, with a twisted spoke pattern and the 86 logos, incorporated into a badge on the front fender.

Inside, the car features the 86 logo on the “Grandlux” material used on the instrument panel and door trim, which is basically a combination of Alcantara and leather upholstery. The sporty steering wheel, slightly tweaked, with the 86 logo on the center hub, and the new seat upholstery with silver stitching contribute to its new look.

Mods have been made underneath its body, too. where the suspension now has revised shock absorber tuning and different spring rates, for “easier control and increased agility“, as the manufacturer explains. The 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine has 5 HP more, for a total of 205 HP and 156 lb-ft (212 Nm) of torque, and a new gear ratio on the manual version.

The 2017 Toyota GT 86 will go on sale towards the end of this year. Pricing is yet to be announced, but it will be similar to the FR-S, which starts from $27,200.

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