A fresh face, tweaked suspension settings and a higher quality cabin make up the changes for the facelifted 2016 Toyota GT86
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Toyota has revealed a round of updates for the 2016 GT86. Minor styling and chassis revisions look set to keep the fine-handling two-door coupe at the forefront of any driving enthusiast’s shopping list.
2016 Toyota GT86 styling
An external redesign aims to freshen up the look of a car which has been in production since 2012. At the front, the central air intake has grown wider and deeper, while the fog lamp housings to each side have narrowed and are now split by three slats.
Full-LED headlights replace the old units for a more modern look, and the taillights receive the LED treatment, too. New 10-spoke alloy wheels freshen up the sides and round off the changes.
2016 Toyota GT86 interior
Toyota has taken steps to address criticisms of the car’s cabin – namely that it didn’t feel as special as some rivals. Buyers are now offered the options to have the seats covered in a new combination of leather and Alcantara, while the same glare-free material can also trim the instrument panel housing and door tops.
As standard, a new cloth fabric features silver contrasting stitching. The steering wheel has been revised to house audio controls for the hi-fi system, and an 86 logo now sits in the centre section.
2016 Toyota GT86 driving
The 2.0-litre ‘boxer‘ engine remains unchanged, producing 197hp at a fairly high 7,000rpm. Not that the suspension setup was found wanting previously, but revised shock absorbers and spring rates are said to deliver “easier control and increased agility”, according to Toyota.
2016 Toyota GT86 prices and release date
Considering the revisions are fairly subtle, we don’t expect the price for the revised model to alter significantly from the current entry-level price of £22,700. The official release date has yet to be announced, but more details should be revealed when it makes its public debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show in March.