Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

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 toy­

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