When the modern Toyota 86 was released a few years ago, it took Australia by storm. Fantastic looks, sublime handling, great power, and most of all, amazing value for money. Toyota have now released images of the brand new facelift for the 2017 model….and I’m not too convinced.
While it pretty much looks like the previous 86 we’ve become accustomed to over the last few years, the facelift model kind of looks like they slowly rammed last years model into a wall, leaving a slight bit of damage. That front end just looks a bit odd, and in my opinion it is a bit of a step back on the looks department. Apparently they’ve also redone the rear bumper, changed the look of the LEDs, and modified the fog lamp bezels, but it pretty much looks the same as the last one. But cars aren’t all about looks, and so Toyota have revised the gear ratio in order to give the facelift model an extra 4kW of power and 9Nm of torque, bringing the stats up to 151kW of power and 214Nm of torque. In conjunction to this, Toyota have given the suspension a makeover, and so the facelift model boasts revised damper and spring rates. Inside, there is new soft-touch material covering the instrument panel, and the steering wheel has audio control (finally!).
Now I hate to leave a negative tone, and don’t get me wrong, the 86 is undoubtedly a fantastic car, but when it comes to the price, I know what I’d do with the money. A quick look on Carsales will provide you with an abundant amount of Toyota 86 models for around the 20k mark, around half the price of a brand new model. With that spare 20k, it’d make sense to do something special with that car so that it differentiates itself from the thousands of other 86 factory models that you see out there every day. Maybe a nice bodykit, some rocking rims, an aftermarket exhaust, and some ECU tuning, and you’ll have yourself one serious ride, and more importantly, one that isn’t like anyone else has. Have a look at these and they might just inspire you…
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