Scion is officially gone
But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing because Toyota has brought some much needed change with the new 86. It’s still the lightweight, fun to drive, balanced sport coupe we all remember but with a more modern and refined appearance.
Toyota’s changes go much further than the very debated front bumper styling, and to be honest it’s not bad once you see it in person. The new front end increases downforce from the larger chin spoiler and side canards. So even if you’re not pleased with the new look, you at least know it’s more functional.
Along with the new front bumper are full LED headlights with integrated DRL and turn signals which really cleans up the front end of the car. Around back are a pair of completely redesigned LED tail lights that have taken some styling cues from popular aftermarket lights.
And if you stare at the back of the car long enough, you’ll notice a very small difference in the rear bumper diffuser and redesigned tail pipes. There are also a new set of ten spoke wheels that use the same color combination as before but with a less cluttered design.
We didn’t get the turbocharged engine we all were hoping for, but we did at least of a bump in power. A very small bump however. The new red aluminum intake manifold and revised airbox together, produce a whopping five horsepower gain. While it isn’t much, the new red intake manifold does make you feel better about opening up the hood and showing off the engine bay.
The more noticeable performance increase will be from the new final drive gear. They’ve switched from a 4.10 gear ratio to a shorter 4.30 which multiples torque output, something these engines really needed, and it helps get into the powerband quicker. This should make 0-60 times faster, but we’ll report back on that after we’ve finished our full review.
Toyota has ramped up the material quality on just about every interior piece you come in contact with. We finally get the leather accent interior panels that were previously only available in Japan as well as new silver stitching found on nearly every interior panel.
However the biggest interior changes are the suede like material Toyota calls “Gran-lux” dash trim and smaller diameter leather wrapped steering wheel with stereo controls. Connected those new steering wheel controls is a touchscreen head unit that also displays the new standard backup camera.
All these changes come at a cost of only $155 over last year’s FR-S, which is an astonishing deal for all improvements offered. But for us gearheads all these improvements are still not enough. We want more power, more grip, and a more aggressive look. So over the next few months we’ll be taking matters into our own hands and modifying our new 86 with all the goodies the aftermarket has to offer. And you can follow this build right here on our blog.