Smart re­fine­ments give 86 a li­cence to thrill

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE -

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).

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