For the 2017 model year, the impending demise of the Scion brand in the United States means the Scion FR-S is being succeeded by the 2017 Toyota 86 coupe, which is just $950 costlier.
The model comes at a premium compared to the outgoing Scion FR-S and when packing the six-speed manual gearbox the 86 starts at $26,255, with the 6-speed automatic going for at least $26,975 – which is 3.8 and 2.2 percent more than the corresponding Scion FR-S versions cost. But the higher price tag is warranted by the new amenities, with the most important – as always – being the addition of more ponies under the hood. The Toyota 86 coupe has the regular 2.0-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine, but it now counts up to 205 horsepower (152.8 kW) and 156 pound-feet of torque (211.5 Nm). The EPA ratings stand at 23 mpg city and 32 mpg highway when using the auto and 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway when opting for the classic manual box.
The exterior design has also been touched a bit, with a bigger center intake to provide a more menacing low, wide stance for the car, as well as new LED headlamps, a sculpted rear bumper, and new alloy wheels. The cabin packs new “Granlux” trim on the instrument panel and a new steering wheel with integrated audio controls. In related news, the former Scion iM, now morphed into the Corolla M, can be had from $18,750 for the manual, and $19,490 for the automatic.