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.
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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.
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.