Toyota 86 vs Scion FR-S: Which One Is The Looker?

The Scion brand is officially dead and Toyota has put the last nails on its coffin with the unveiling of the refreshed GT 86 in New York, earlier in the week.

It serves as a replacement for the FR-S and it will be eventually followed by the iA and iM, which will be rebadged as Toyota Yaris iA and Corolla iM, respectively, despite the former being based on the Mazda2 and not its European namesake. In fact, the only model axed along with the brand is the tC.

Having made its transition to Toyota, the rear-wheel drive sports coupe brings a few styling tweaks on both ends, which include updated headlights with LED DRLs and a new look for the bumper that has a wider air intake, along with redesigned taillamps and refreshed rear bumper that incorporates a different diffuser.

The profile is unchanged, apart from the badge on the front fender, which was redesigned and re-positioned. Open the door and you will find a new “Grandlux” material on the instrument panel surround and door trims, which is basically a combination between leather and Alcantara, joined by new seat upholstery with silver stitching. There is also a tweaked steering wheel with integrated controls for the audio system and bigger paddle shifters in the automatic version, but this is where differences stop, as the rest of the cabin remains virtually identical.

Engineers have fiddled with the 2.0-liter four-banger boxer engine, supplied by Subaru and shared with the BRZ, which has gained a minor power bump of 5 HP, to a total of 205 HP and 156 pound-feet (212 Nm) of torque, on the 6-speed manual model, while the 6-speed automatic maintains its 200 HP output.

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