Toyota 86 GT "Limited"

Photo Feature: Toyota brushes up the 86 with racing technology and know-how

The Toyota 86 2-dor sport coupe, which first made its appearance in 2012, underwent some major changes in July. Although the company officially calls it “minor changes,” the application of know-how acquired through things like the 24 Hours Nürburgring put the changes on par with a full-model change. As Toyota says, it has “refined the driving experience.”

What Toyota has done is deepened the special quality a drive in a sports car offers by tweaking the intake and exhaust system. New parts for the intake manifold and exhaust manifold give it a power boost. It has a 6-speed manual transmission that gets 207ps and its 212Nm of torque is improved even at low speeds. The result is that it’s powerful at a wide range.

The 86’s layout with a low center of gravity with Subaru’s horizontally opposed engine and optimized aerodynamics give it a kind of handling that the driver can easily manipulate to their desires, but the new model goes even further. Its steering responsiveness is improved even further by increased body rigidity with more spot welding for the rear pillars, the distinctive friction of the suspension’s front and rear dampers, and the unique damping force. There is also the option of SACHS absorbers, which give it even better handling and comfort.

There are only small-scale changes to the exterior that are aimed at better aerodynamic performance. To this aim, Toyota has added nose fin, fog lamp bezel fin, canard, and fender garnish. The GT “Limited” also gets a wing-type rear spoiler as standard feature. Design changes include a layout that makes it feel like the center of gravity is lower than the front and back bumper. The addition of front and back LED lights gives it an even sharper image.

For the interior, it has a 362mm perfectly circular steering wheel, which is Toyota’s smallest diameter. It has a 3-meter 7000RPM tachometer that is improved a great deal for optimum performance. The 4.2-inch multi-information display provides all kinds of information such as fuel consumption, G monitor, power torque curve and more, turning the interior into an even sportier cockpit.

(Translated by Greg Scott)