After making their maiden debut in 2012 with a great deal of fanfare, excitement over the Europe’s Toyota GT86, North America’s Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ which are all identical except for the different badges they were has fizzled out.
For the GT86, Toyota has ruled out adding variants to the lineup but in a bid to revive its dwindling fortunes, the vehicle is in for a mid-cycle refresh.
2017 Toyota GT86 Exterior
The 2017 Toyota GT86 will feature a compact and highly aerodynamic exterior profile. The body will ride low to the ground which is meant to improve its COG and thus handling. Most of the changes will be concentrated on the front and rear fascias.
The front will feature a redesigned bumper which looks more aggressive. The lower part of the bumper is integrated with larger air vents. The front also features redesigned fog lights. Both the headlights and taillights will likely feature LED lighting.
The rear bumper has also been redesigned. The diffuser will also been modified. According to our spy shots, its diffuser which sits on top of the trunk lid looks a little wider. There are also larger dual exhaust pipes.
2017 Toyota GT86 Interior
The interior of the GT86 will be similar to that of its North American twin FR-S. As of this writing, details are still scanty. However, from the spy shots in our possession and information from credible sources, we understand the cabin will relatively remain similar to the outgoing model.
The cabin will accommodate four passengers in a 2+2 style. While the driver and front passenger will enjoy sufficient head and legroom, space at the back is somewhat constrained. The sport car also offers a small trunk which only accommodates 6.9 cubic feet of cargo but the space can be expanded by split-folding the rear seats. Other features include a power adjustable driver’s seat, a tilt-and –telescoping steering wheel covered in leather, a 7-inch infotainment system (a BeSpoke system which integrates Bluetooth connectivity, a navigation system and Smartphone apps is offered as an option).
The coupe will also feature a rearview camera, cruise control, voice recognition, automatic headlights, HD radio, a USB port, an auxiliary jack and full-power accessories among others.
Engine Specs and Performance
We don’t expect Toyota to make any changes under the hood of the 2017 Toyota GT86. The vehicle will still feature the 2.0 L, turbo-4 which delivers 197 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque.
There are some sources claiming that the engine will be tweaked to produces over 200 horses. It will be paired with an upgraded 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission system.
The current engine accelerates from 0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds with a manual transmission and a slower 8.2 seconds when paired with an automatic system. The vehicle has a top speed of 140 mph.
Price and release date
The vehicle is expected to arrive in dealer showrooms in mid 2016. As for the price, the Japanese automaker is still tightlipped.
However, according to speculation, the 2017 Toyota GT86 with a manual will cost around $ 27,000 with models with an automatic transmission costing around $1,000 more.