Here's a first look at the updated Toyota 86 sportscar. We'll see it fully revealed at the 2016 New York Auto Show in the next week.
While it's not immediately different, keen-eyed spotters will notice the more aggressive styling with a larger bumper, which adds to the wide and low stance of the car. There are new-look LED front headlights and indicators while the rear gains new LED tail lamps and a reconfigured rear bumper design. There are new wheels too.
Under the bonnet, the Toyota 86 has been endowed with a bit more power. There's now 151 kW and 214 Nm from the 2.0-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder motor that was co-developed with Subaru. The gearbox gets revised ratios which should mean more driving fun, and while we're on the topic of the manual transmission, this model now gains hill start control to stop the vehicle from rolling back on a hill. Also receiving some upgrades is the suspension which features revised shock tuning and a changed spring rate.
The cabin gets an all-new leather-alcantara seat option with suede-wrapped instrument panel. The seats gain new materials with silver stitching too.
Although local sales of the Toyota 86 peaked at between 40 and 60 units soon after its introduction, Toyota South Africa now sells between 10 and 20 units a month, and the local manufacturer is determined to introduce the facelifted version of its driving enthusiast's car in the fourth quarter of 2016.