Toyota ups 86 pricing

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Toyota has announced pricing for the upgraded 86 coupe we drove in Japan in August, including a new starting price of $30,790 plus on-road costs.

That makes the affordable Japanese sports car $800 more expensive than before at base level, which was previously a bargain-basement $29,990 and remains $2000 cheaper than its Subaru BRZ twin.

The first price increase since the popular compact coupe arrived in June 2012 also makes the entry-level GT auto $600 pricier (now $33,990 plus ORCs), while the premium GTS manual now costs $36,490 and the GTS auto costs $38,790 (up $300). Metallic paint continues to be a $450 extra.

As we've reported, the first major upgrade for the 86 brings minor design revisions at both ends, including LED headlights with daytime running lights as standard, plus a revised cabin.

There's also a small performance boost for manual models, which now offer increased outputs of 152kW/212Nm (up from 147kW/205Nm, which automatic versions continue to deliver) thanks to a revised intake/exhaust system, cylinder block and pistons for the 2.0-litre boxer four.

Manual models also score shorter final drive ratios, and fuel consumption is now rated at 8.4L/100km (manual) and 7.1L/100km (auto).

Chassis-wise, Toyota says retuned shock absorbers and coil springs plus a thicker rear stabiliser bar deliver improved stability, handling and ride comfort.

Otherwise, all models gain a new steering wheel and hill-start assist, while GTS variants score power/torque, stopwatch and G-force display functions.

The base GT rides on 16-inch alloy wheels and now comes with a ‘track’ mode enabling drivers to adjust the stability control threshold.

Meantime, the top-shelf GTS adds 17-inch alloys, a 4.2-inch TFT driver’s information display, steering wheel controls, rear spoiler and new suede-look ‘Grandlux’ dash trim.

"These updates for the Toyota 86 are focused on improving the responsiveness, balance and handling of a car that is already rated in the same league as some legendary sports cars," said Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb.

Sales of the Toyota 86 have totalled 17,817 over the past four and a half years, but fell from a high of 6706 in 2013 to just 3006 last year, and just 1801 have been sold to October this year.

So far GTS models have accounted for two-thirds of sales, with manuals comprising almost 60 per cent and white being the most popular paint colour.

2017 Toyota 86 pricing (plus on-road costs)
GT manual – $30,790 (+$800)
GT auto – $33,090 (+$600)
GTS manual – $36,490 (+$500)
GTS auto – $38,790 (+$300)

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