Updated sports car gets retuned chassis settings and a tweaked exterior, as well as fine-tuning of its aerodynamic and mechanical elements

Toyota has revealed details of the facelifted GT86, following the model's reveal at the New York motor show earlier this year.

High on the list of improvements is the car's revised intake and exhaust system, which Toyota claims delivers a more linear torque pattern on manual versions of the GT86, while tweaks to the shock absorbers are said to boost stability. Both ride and rigidity have been improved with Toyota's addition of more spot welds on the rear pillars. Upgraded shock absorbers will also now feature in the options list. 

Toyota claims the aerodynamics of the GT86 have been improved thanks to revisions across the car's exterior, while inside a 362mm steering wheel - the smallest the brand has ever used - and a 4.2in infotainment screen, which is now standard on GT and GT Limited models, top the improvements. The new screen can show performance-orientated statistics such as live G-force loadings and power and torque patterns, in addition to more practical information such as fuel economy.

Toyota has only released details of the Japanese-specification cars for the time being. Final UK prices and specs will be announced later in the year, ahead of the car's launch in the final quarter.

GT86 facelift revealed in New York

Toyota first unveiled the facelifted GT86 at the New York motor show.

The 2016 model gets revised chassis settings and an updated exterior and will go on sale later this year.

Most noticeable are the 2016 car’s aesthetic changes. The exterior gets a larger central air intake and a restyled bumper with new three-slat inlets and LED headlights. The car also sits on new 10-spoke alloy wheels.

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In a bid to make the GT86 feel more premium, Toyota has added new leather and Alcantara upholstery to the cabin, with soft-touch, suede-effect material on the door trims. Added to the options list is new cloth upholstery with contrasting silver stitching. The steering wheel has also been redesigned and resized, with integrated audio controls and an '86' logo in the middle.

The chassis updates include retuned suspension settings consisting of revised damper and spring rates. Toyota says the results deliver “easier control and increased agility”, suggesting that these settings equate to a slightly firmer ride.

No changes have been made to the engine, so the 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer unit still produces 197bhp and 151lb ft of torque. As before, the 0-62mph sprint takes a claimed 7.6sec and top speed is 140mph.

Prices for the revised GT86 have not yet been confirmed, but they are unlikely to vary greatly from the current car’s £22,700 starting figure. An on-sale date is also yet to be released, but order books are expected to open in the final quarter of 2016.

Our Verdict

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The stated criteria for the GT86 read like a purist's manifesto: rear-drive, no turbo, ordinary tyres

This light, uncomplicated coupé promises so much. Can the Toyota GT86 deliver?

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17 March 2016

I hope they haven't gone too premium on the interior - I'd miss the 80's LCD clock!

17 March 2016

Will the BRZ also get the facelift as they are both practically the same car with a different badge.

25 March 2016

I was wondering if the BRZ will also be updated as well. However in the US the GT86 is marketed as a Scion which is the Toyota group's less than stellar "Yoof" brand which we should should get down and give thanks that it hasn't been tried out in Europe

17 March 2016

Most facelifts are sometimes less attractive than the original, but not in this case... This in my opinion is a better design than the MK1- nice looking car.

18 March 2016

It isn't much of a facelift. I find this car frustrating. It is obviously a good driving car, but needs more power to satisfy today's buyers. And to me, the look of the car has never been it's strong point. I find it a missed opportunity, something this facelift hasn't rectified

18 March 2016

This model plainly isn't selling. Already I 'm seeing more new Maxda MX5s around than Toyota GT86 and its Subaru sister combined. I don't think a more powerful (more expensive)version is the answer, people would just buy Audi and BMW coupes instead. The sad thing is that at the current rate of progress, there will not be a replacement, just more crossovers, SUVs and hybrids instead. Maybe the GT86 should have been built as a roadster, or dare I say it as a modern front drive Celica replacement?

25 March 2016

I rather don't thing that the GT86/BRZ really needs more power but a roadster would add extra weight and front wheel drive would take awat the car's personality completely. Apart from the Mustang the GT86/BRZ is the only front engined RWD coupe that doesn't originate in the Fatherland

25 March 2016

I rather don't thing that the GT86/BRZ really needs more power but a roadster would add extra weight and front wheel drive would take awat the car's personality completely. Apart from the Mustang the GT86/BRZ is the only front engined RWD coupe that doesn't originate in the Fatherland

18 March 2016

The reviews for the GT86 couldn't have been any better yet sales have been poor. Agree with Superstevie, the car lacks power.

19 March 2016

They need a more powerful version and a convertible version.


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