The first sports car of Toyota in four years will be released later this year. The facelifted Scion FR-S is expected to boast marginally stiffer body, new steering wheel and a host of new internal features. Now, here's what is currently known about 2017 Toyota 86 release date, specs review and price.
Externally, the most heavily revised is the top-of-the-line GTS model. It sports a new grille, front bar, all-LED headlights and taillights and new 17-inch wheels.
For the GT model, it has new LED headlights and LED daytime lights. In the previous model, the daytime lights of GT were always on unless the headlights were on. Also, they looked similar to the fog light. Good thing, they have been replaced with a styled black cover.
All models of 86 get extra spot welds in the C-pillars, which makes the rear of the chassis even more rigid than before. Also, there's plate on the top of the wheel arch to enhance spring and damper rigidity. The front and rear shock absorbers have been improved, along with the springs. They are now 10% firmer in the front and 15% softer in the rear. The rear stabilizer is also 1mm thicker, while the front stabilizer remains the same.
Inside, the driver will be welcomed by the new steering wheel. A report from Car and Advice says it is the smallest steering wheel ever installed on a Toyota vehicle. Next, in the gauge cluster, it has been reworked to display more performance-focused information to the driver. Beside the twin gauges, there's a 4.2-inch multi-information screen that can be customized to display stopwatch function, lap timer, G-Force meter, and power and torque curves.
Furthermore, Yahoo News reported the 2017 Toyota 86 has a hill-start-assist system which is designed to prevent the car from rolling back on an incline before putting on gear.
There's also a new Track mode of stability control to replace the previous Sports mode. The driver can use it by pushing the chequered flag button on the lower dashboard. This mode helps the 86 to have creamy smoothness when pointing towards tight corners.
The base price of 2017 Toyota 86 would be around $30,000, according to Drive.com. All models are expected hit dealership on November. Moreover, it will be available in six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions; both are rear-wheel drive.