On a night filled with flash and pizzazz, Toyota Motor Philippines launched the refreshed 86 last weekend at the third leg of this year’s Vios Cup. It was quite the presentation for the new model, as it drifted its way onstage at the Clark International Speedway to an array of flashing lights and bass-thumping beats.
“The new 86 is a sports car that holds all its predecessor’s characteristics but with a compelling new style,” TMP president Satoru Suzuki said in his opening remarks.
We’ve already revealed the slightly-increased prices of the new model’s lineup. What you might be wondering now is, what is this “compelling new style” and is it worth the price hike?
The local version of the new 86 has a lot of the features and add-ons that we saw on display in Japan a few weeks ago. The vehicle now has an even sportier look and stance, with a lower bumper and a wider grille up front. This is complemented by a rear bumper that lowers the car’s overall ground clearance and claims better aerodynamic performance. New designs to the fog lamps and alloy wheels, plus new LED taillights and headlamps, complete the exterior additions.
Inside, the new 86 looks a bit more space-age than the previous model. The sports car now has steering wheel controls and a new capacitive touchscreen display with a mirror link via Wi-Fi function. The meter gauges and multi-information display get a redesign as well via a 4.2-inch TFT-type screen.
The only major change to the 86’s drivability comes in the form of hill-start assist, which can come in handy if you find yourself in a traffic jam while sprinting up to Baguio. Under the hood remains a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated boxer engine, mated to either a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift, or a six-speed manual gearbox. There was no mention of a power increase in the press materials, however.
The new model comes in seven colors: Dark Gray Metallic, Pure Red, Crystal Black Silica, Ice Silver Metallic, Lapis Blue Pearl, Orange Metallic, and Crystal White Pearl.
What do you guys think of the refreshed Toyota 86?