Smart refinements give 86 a licence to thrill
TOYOTA has dialled up t he driving f un and razor- sharp handling of its 86 sports car with subtle refinements to its suspension.
No real performance boost though, no turbo, no increase in power or torque.
Enthusiastic drivers will appreciate under-the-skin finetuning that delivers a more rigid suspension setup for even better handling response and steering feel while enhancing ride quality.
The car’s global chief engine e r , Tets uya Tada, met t he targets for a smoother ride and sharper handling by revising the way suspension components are attached to the chassis.
He decreased body roll and increased handling stability and response by specifying new suspension mounts and adopting lower-friction oil, oil seals and guide bushings. He retuned the shock absorbers and refined their characteristics, focusing on the i nitial movement and when the vehicle is operating at its limits or on wet roads.
The GT variant is now fitted with the same instrument cluster as the higher-grade GTS. It includes a digital speed readout and a rev i ndicator l ight. The auto GT also gains a shift-position indicator.
The GT manual’s r ecommended retail price remains unchanged at $ 29,990. The GT automatic also retains its price at $32,790.
For t he GTS, Toyota has added a reversing camera and a sportier carbon-look motif for the instrument panel surround. Prices are up by $500 (manual) and $800 (auto).