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SCION’S DEATH HERALDS MORE POWERFUL TOYOTA 86

With little else left to do a fading Scion division has begun the process of playing for team Toyota.

toyota_86_front_300pxThe Scion FR-S, or should we say, new Toyota 86, is getting some serious changes for 2017. And some new power too. With the sending off of scion, the former FR-S will now don a Toyota badge, and the American-market 86 is born. So what’s new?

To match the new moniker, the latest model finally has a little extra power and more aggressive styling. The public debut will take place at next week’s New York Auto Show, and sales begin this fall.

“When we announced the transition of the Scion models to Toyota we hadn’t planned on changing the names of our cars, but by popular demand, for our sports car, we decided to adopt the global name of 86,” said Toyota Division Group Vice President Bill Fay.

The 2.0-liter boxer-four’s output grows to 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque – increases of 5 hp and 5 lb-ft – on manual-transmission models. The 86 still isn’t the turbocharged rear-wheel-drive coupe of some people’s dreams, but at least this is an improvement. (Yes, we feel your pain we desperately want to see some forced induction under the factory 86’s hood) Toyota also promises “additional performance” thanks to different gear ratios for the six-speed manual transmission, and there’s now Hill Start Assist Control. New shock tuning and spring rates will affect the handling, too.

The 86 wears a meaner look than the outgoing FR-S. The biggest change is a new front bumper with a large intake that stretches across the coupe’s width, and the two sharp points along the bottom look like teeth ready to chomp down. Toyota also replaces the headlights and taillights with LED units. The twist-spoke wheels are a great accompaniment to the more aggressive look, too. The tweaks are more modest inside, including silver stitching and new materials for the dashboard and doors.

Look for the new Toyota 86 in dealerships towards the end of the year with a starting price of around $27,000.

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