He also explains that the automatic version couldn’t benefit from the small but worthwhile power updates on the manual car. The extra oomph from revising the intake and exhaust manifolds caused the auto occasionally to kickdown and exceed noise limits.
Australia will continue to take GT and GTS variants of the 86 but Toyota Australia’s Steve Coughlan says it is too early to set pricing, given the updated model won’t go on sale until November. The current model starts below $30,000 but the $35,990 GTS is the bestseller.
The updated GT will pick up the carbon-fibre dash inserts now found on the GTS, along with a smaller steering wheel (another suggestion from the race team) and LED lamps.
The GTS will have microsuede inserts on the top of the door panels and the instrument binnacle. It looks and feels cool and Toyota says it helps the driver by reducing reflections. A multi-instrument display with digital speedo can show G-force data, stopwatch, lap timer and fuel remaining.
ON THE TRACK
Drifting is out but otherwise the only instruction before we hit the Fuji Speedway short course is “go as hard as you like but don’t bin the cars, we need them tomorrow”.
Toyota is also confident enough in the new car’s abilities to have included a current GTspec model as a benchmark.
Smart move. A series of back-to-back laps shows acceleration may not have changed appreciably but the 86’s ability to hustle through turns — already a strong point — has been notably elevated.
The new car turns in with more precision, has better balance mid-corner and can put the power down earlier on corner exit. That’s because the rear end now rolls and squats just enough to keep the rubber on the road rather than trying to skip around the turn.
Track mode permits enough rear-end slide to help drive the car on the throttle without the stability control intervening. The same couldn’t be said of the current car’s Sports mode, which in comparison kicks in earlier and cuts power much more abruptly.
The updated vehicle also rolls over ripple strips with less vibration, which should mean a smoother ride on public roads.
TOYOTA 86 WARRANTY 3 years/100,000km CAPPED SERVICING $720 for 3 years (est) SERVICE INTERVAL 9 months/15,000km SAFETY 5 stars ENGINE 2.0-litre 4-cyl boxer, 152kW/212Nm TRANS 6-speed man, 6-speed auto; RWD THIRST 7.8L/100km (98RON) DIMENSIONS 4240mm (L), 1775mm (W), 1320mm (H), 2570mm (WB) WEIGHT From 1257kg A good thing done better, the 86 continues to refine the affordable sports car segment.