Saturday, September 10, 2016
2017 Toyota 86 Races to Toyota Motor Philippines Showrooms (w/ Specs)
Toyota’s modern day legend, the Toyota 86, sees a timely refresh this year with the goal of delivering a more exhilarating drive on both road and track. Since its market launch of 2012, the Toyota 86 has been developed and engineered to deliver intuitive handling that embodies driving enjoyment. Four years on, it continues to deliver an innate sense of excitement that only the 86 can deliver.
“With a rich history born from other Toyota sports cars such as the 2000GT, Sports 800, and the AE86, the new 86 is a sports car that holds all its predecessors characteristics but with a compelling new style,” said Mr. Satoru Suzuki, President of Toyota Motor Philippines.
Today, in Toyota’s thrust of developing “ever-better cars”, the Toyota 86 takes an evolutionary step forward that incorporates many of the technological feedback from the compact rear-wheel drive sports car’s participation in various motorsports fields.
This starts with the revised styling that not only emphasizes the width but also improves the overall aerodynamic performance. The lower nose and horizontally expanded grille creates a sportier stance while new nose fins and canards built into the fog lamp housing improve the airflow around the car. At the side, the new 17-inch alloy rims with twisted spokes and finished in a two-tone machine-cut/gun-metallic look further accentuate the nimble-looking profile.
At night, the 2017 Toyota 86 is made more visually striking thanks to the lighting elements. The front features a full-LED lighting system (including the signal lights) while at the back, the rear combination lamps also utilize LEDs positioned in a horizontal manner for a smarter appearance.
Inside, the Toyota 86 continues with its driver-centric cockpit. This begins with a new steering with that incorporates controls for both the audio and multi-function display systems. At 362-mm, this new three-spoke wheel is the smallest ever fitted in a Toyota vehicle. The gauge cluster has also been modified. Not only does it incorporate a clever multi-function display (MID) that displays all sorts of nifty stuff including G force, power/torque curves, and a stop watch; but it’s been tweaked so that the red line (7,000 rpm) is located at the 12 o’clock position. Careful consideration has also been extended to the choice of interior materials. In the 2017 Toyota 86, the improved textures not only impart a more premium feel, but also reduce unwanted glare from the outside.
Though in-car entertainment should be primarily provided by mountain passes (and some impromptu drifting), the 2017 Toyota 86 does gain a new Kenwood multimedia system. The 7-inch touchscreen unit not only incorporates inputs such as CD/DVD/USB/Bluetooth, but it also boasts of a smartphone mirroring function via WiFi.
Under the hood, the Toyota 86 sees tweaks to improve its tractability. Although maximum performance figures remain the same (200 horsepower and 205 Nm of torque), changes to the intake and exhaust manifolds have led to the maximum torque being achieved at lower rpms. Furthermore, the torque spread has also been widened.
Known for its exhilarating handling, the 2017 Toyota 86 has improved suspension and increased body rigidity thanks to the increase in spot welds used, specifically in the rear pillar. Furthermore, front and rear vented disc brakes provide better stopping power than before.
The new Toyota 86 is now available at all dealerships nationwide in 7 stylish hues: Dark Gray Metallic, Pure Red, Crystal Black Silica, Ice Silver Metallic, Lapis Blue Pearl, Orange Metallic, and Crystal White Pearl. It’s available in just two variants: M/T (P 1,749,000) and A/T (P1,849,000). As always, the Crystal White Pearl commands a premium of P 15,000.