New York 2016: Scion FR-S reborn as Toyota 86

New York 2016: Scion FR-S reborn as Toyota 86 image

Text: / Photos: Newspress USA | posted March 27, 2016 11:42

Toyota gives FR-S a new identity with updated 86 sports coupe

The Scion brand may have bitten the dust, but all of its models are now sold and rebadged by its parent company Toyota. Such one model that benefitted from the absorption is the FR-S, which is now called the 86 for the North American market.

Making its world debut at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, the updated 2017 Toyota 86 gets an array of exterior and interior tweaks along with a slight bump in power for the North American market.

Beginning with its front fascia, it gets a tweaked bumper as it receives a larger air intake and LFA-inspired faux air vents on both corners. The headlights, on the other hand, get new daytime running lights (DRLs). The side relatively carries over apart from the new '86' badging and new 17-inch alloy wheels.

2016 Toyota 86 rear quarter

Moving towards the rear, reworked combination taillights are seen along with a revamped diffuser-integrated bumper and dual exhaust tips.

Inside, the instrument panel and door trims are now upholstered in 'grandlux'. The seats and steering wheel also receive some minor tweaks added the automaker.

2016 Toyota 86 engine

Under the hood, is still the familiar 2.0-liter FA20 Boxer engine that now delivers extra ponies for the North American market. It now produces an additional 8 PS and 7 Nm of torque, amounting to a total output of 207 PS and 212 Nm of torque.

It is both available either with a 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox, with the former getting revised gearing. It is unclear yet whether the slight power upgrade will also make its way to other markets.

2016 Toyota 86 side

Apart from the powertrain, the coupe's handling was also given attention as Toyota also tweaked its damping properties via retuned shocks and spring rate change.

The refreshed 2017 Toyota 86 will supposedly be making its Philippine debut around September according to a reliable source who shared the information to