Facelifted Toyota GT86 Arrives In Europe With Track Mode

After it replaced the Scion FR-S in North America earlier this year, the Toyota 86 is now available in European markets as the refreshed GT86.

Priced from £25,495 ($33,732) in the United Kingdom, where it will go on sale from October, it features a new ‘Track’ mode, which allows the driver to adjust the level of stability and traction control, and includes a ‘fully off’ option.

For improved handling, the body structure is now stiffer, particularly at the rear, where key components have been made thicker and additional spot welding has been introduced; Toyota has also retuned the Showa shock absorbers.

On the outside, the popular front-engined, rear-wheel drive sports car has a redesigned nose section, which is not just about looking good, but helps smooth the airflow, as the company explains. It also has new LED headlights, and relocated turn signals from the front bumper to the headlamp clusters, while at the other end, the lighting units and bumper have been tweaked.

Inside, the automaker has fitted the 2017 GT 86 with a new 3-spoke steering wheel, which is said to have the smallest design for a production Toyota, with a 362 mm (14.25 in) diameter, equipped with auxiliary audio and display controls and adorned with a prominent silver 86 logo. The cabin also features a reoriented tachometer and a fresh 4.2-inch TFT multi-info display, which shows the fuel economy, journey distance, power and torque curves, and it also has a stopwatch and a G-force monitor.

Powered by the same 2.0-liter boxer engine with 197 horsepower, which can be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, the sports car is offered in two versions: GT86 and GT86 Pro.

The former comes with standard adaptive LED headlights, keyless entry and go, hill start assist, cruise control, electrically-operated heated mirrors with folding function and aluminum sport pedals, while the latter adds a rear spoiler, heated front seats, leather and Alcantara upholstery, suede-effect finish for the door trims and dashboard and leather driver’s armrest.

Both models benefit from the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, DAB tuner and Bluetooth, but as an option, this can be upgraded to the Toyota Touch 2 with Go, adding sat-nav, and access to on-line services and social media channels. Other options include the black clothc upholstery with red inserts on the seats and door trims for the GT86, and a similar treatment for the part-leather and Alcantara in the GT86 Pro.

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  • Why the horrendous 90’s interior?

    • Trackhacker

      Because this car was made for the enthusiasts that enjoyed 90’s cars. However the new exterior ruined this car.

    • SomeRandomCommenter

      I never understand why people are always so critical on the interior. It’s basic, has a decent layout, and works well. What more do you need for a drivers car?

      • Because its where you spend all your time. It wouldn’t hurt to move with the times just a little bit…

  • Six_Tymes

    from that angle the new updates look good. I wonder if ill be impressed in person. i still dont like the hump on the center of the dashboard.

  • Chad Gordon

    Glad they finally did something to that Snout, now if they would only get rid of the Corolla tires and wheels….

  • fabri99

    I’m not a fan of the new front end, but I have to say it looks fresh and more appealing than the old one. I only wish Toyota would commit more on this car: give some nicer interiors (it’s still 30k after all), acceptable tyres and a performance version that not only is called Pro but also performs like a Pro.

  • antbee

    I like the new front end. I haven’t really paid much attention to this car, but if Toyota were to put a V6 in it at some point, then I might be interested. Now, if only we could have a new MR2, for all markets. Canada was not allowed to have the MR2 Spyder. I see them sometimes, either JDM or American.
    I still want a 90s Mini-Ferrari-looking MR2, love those things!

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      It never will. It was designed for the flat four engine in it which sits lower than Porsche’s does (I’ve read).
      A V6 lump would ruin its handling which is really what this car is ALL about.

  • Trackhacker

    Photoshop sure does wonders on a ugly car.

  • Thomas Maynard

    I guess this means no performance pack like the brz.. That’s too bad, because I’m seriously considering the gt86 for my next car and I just don’t think I could buy one knowing i’m missing out on some really great equipment that it’s brother got. Especially the brakes… Considering what it costs to retrofit big brakes when the brz gets brembos, sachs dampers and better wheels all for under $1200… You can’t even barely get the calipers themselves used for that kind of money

  • SteersUright

    I just don’t understand Toyota. This car has classic proportions that lend themselves to a beautiful design and yet it looks like a Corolla coupe. Why are the wheels tucked in like a family sedan’s instead of aggressive push to the corners? Where is the slightest bit of a fender flare to widen the body every so slightly at the hips and suggest confidence and poise? Inside, I find the interior continues to be tolerable rather than beautiful and infotainment screen to be unacceptably small by todays standards. It would be cool to see what a quality tuner could do with this car’s exterior design.

  • NICE PAINT.

  • smartacus

    How did Toyota manage to make handling, revs, and rwd irrelevant?
    oh yeah; price too high for power too low

  • getoffme

    I’m waiting for the SF-R.

  • guy katz

    OMG – same ugly interior

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