Toyota is set to give its affordable GT86 sports car a series of light cosmetic enhancements ready for the 2017 model year
Darren Moss
18 September 2015

These are the first spy pictures of the facelifted Toyota GT86, which is expected to be unveiled towards the end of next year and go on sale in time for the 2017 model year.

A wider front bumper is the most obvious change on this latest GT86, complete with a wider air intake and redesigned light clusters. At the rear, a reprofiled rear bumper and boot-mounted spoiler can be seen, alongside larger dual exhausts.

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No mechanical upgrades are expected in this latest series of updates, meaning power and torque outputs from the GT86's 2.0-litre flat-four boxer engine will remain the same as before, at 197bhp and 151lb ft respectively. The standard GT86 can reach 62mph from a standing start in 7.6 seconds, and has a top speed of 140mph.

Toyota only recently announced a series of updates for the GT86 in May. Those changes involved a series of subtle styling changes as well as the launch of a new entry-level model, the £22,700 Primo edition. The same updates also allowed the GT86's engine to comply to stricter Euro 6 emissions standards.

Although a low-volume model, the GT86 continues to be a success story for Toyota, with 1042 examples sold in this country in 2014 and 455 units sold in the first eight months of this year.

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18 September 2015
I seem to remember what appeared to be a 4 year build up to the launch of the gt 86.
In reality it's a cheapish rwd coupe with good handling and an under torqued engine, not hugely different from what mazda has been offering with the mx 5 for decades . Now we are to suffer a deluge of articles for the next 2 years regarding a face lift of the gt86. Jeeze...

18 September 2015
The 1042 examples sold in this country last year doesn't sound like many, perhaps not even enough to cover the firm's advertising budget. What matters are worldwide sales, or sales in the US which I would imagine is the major market. It's good to see that development of the GT86 continues though, even if does just mean some new lights and bumpers. It seems such a shame that buyers no longer aspire towards this sort of car, preferring pimped up SUVs instead.

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