TOYOTA ADDS VALUE TO ITS 86
TOYOTA has trimmed the price and added about $1000 worth of gear to the GT variants of its 86 sports car (pictured below).
Duty reductions have cut the price of the GT auto by $300, the GTS by $500 and $800 for the automatic.
The most affordable 86 remains at $29,990 – unchanged from its launch price more than two-and-a-half years ago.
New bits include a reversing camera, its image shown on a new 6.1-inch touch-screen monitor that doubles as the control centre for the upgraded audio system. GTS variants also get satellite navigation.
Other features managed through the audio system include voice recognition and handsfree operation for a mobile phone, audio streaming, FM radio text, iPod control, USB input, SD card slot and a CD player.
A neat addition to the boot when the nocost optional full-size spare is fitted is a urethane cover with the 86 logo and the model's distinctive T-mesh motif, a design repeated throughout the car in areas such as the grille, instrument panel and meters.
The 86 has become a bit of a cult car and its dynamic abilities have led Toyota to announce it will form the basis of a one-make race series.
Known as the Toyota 86 Pro-Am, it will be an affordable, grassroots motorsport series to be raced exclusively at V8 Supercars events from next year.
The 86 race cars will be based on the GT manual with key specifications controlled to ensure their suitability and reliability while keeping costs as low as possible.
Potential competitors can register their interest at toyota.com.au/86/pro-am.