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New York 2016 Preview: Toyota 86 gets a makeover

New York 2016 Preview: Toyota 86 gets a makeover image

Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Toyota | posted March 17, 2016 21:55

US models renamed from Scion FR-S to Toyota GT 86

While the rest of the world has called Toyota's sports coupe GT86 or 86, North America called it the Scion FR-S. With the demise of Scion, the FR-S has now been absorbed by Toyota and is now called the 86. Four years after its initial launch in 2012, Toyota has now given the 86 a subtle refresh for 2016. It gets minor exterior tweaks and a small horsepower bump in this minor model change.

The majority of the car's body carries over unchanged save for a few tweaks in some panels. From the front, it gets a reshaped bumper with a wider air intake opening and Lexus LF-A style faux intakes on each corner. The headlights also get a minor change for 2016, namely the LED daytime running lights which now have a slightly altered pattern. The rear gets subtle changes too with new tail light clusters and a reshaped lower valence. In addition, the 86 now rides on new 17-inch rims.

US-spec Toyota 86

While Toyota has yet to reveal the updated interior, the company says quality has been improved. The instrument panel is now trimmed in Alcantara plus parts of the door cards get the same treatment. Seat trims and the steering wheel have also been slightly tweaked as well. 

According to Toyota, they have also made improvements to the chassis with uprated dampers and springs. These small alterations are said to make the 86 feel more agile and easier to control.

As for the engine and drivetrain, Toyota responded to consumer demand for more power. For the North American market, the manual transmission model gets revised gearing for 2016. As for power, it goes up by 8 PS while torque gets a 7 Nm hike. Total output is now rated at 207 PS and 212 Nm of torque. The Toyota 86 is also available with a six speed automatic transmission. It is yet unknown if models sold outside the US will receive the power upgrade.