Toyota 86 Takes Over From Scion FR-S
Toyota 86 is Scion FR-S version. Earlier in the year, Toyota announced all cars expect TC would be discontinued. Though it had been planned that the Scion vehicles that were to reintegrate into Toyota lineup would not have their names changed, it seems the automaker has reversed this decision.
The 86 has kept its global name though it has been shortened from GT86. The new vehicle is expected to be unveiled this fall and will feature new upgrades to the interior, exterior, engine, and suspension.
The car interior has an 86 logo on the Grandlux material used on the instrument panel. The seats have new material that has a silver stitching. The steering wheel has been integrated with audio controls and 86 logos on the center hub.
The external car changes feature a re-configured LED front headlamp, a revised bumper and turned signals. The rear has LED tail lamps and a new bumper design. The car has been fitted with new alloy wheels that have a twisted spoke design. 86 logos have been fitted into a badge on the front fender as well as the inside front headlamps.
Subaru Boxer engine has been maintained though it won’t be turbocharged. It has an improved horsepower of 205hp from 200hp. The torque has increased from 151 lb to 156 lb.ft of torque. The shocking tuning has also been revised, and the car gets a spring rate change that will enhance controls of a sports coupe. Performance has been improved through a gear ratio change. The vehicle has also been fitted with Hill Star Assist control (HAC) that prevents the car from rolling back on steep hills.
Toyota has announced that 86 will compete in Formula Drift with Ryan Tuerck, Ken Gushi and Fredric Aasbo driving it. The three drivers will be defending the Toyota race team’s 2015 manufacturers’ championship.