Toyota is facelifting the GT86 and will give the remodelled rear-wheel drive coupe its world debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show next week.
It’s more than just a simple spit and polish, too: front-end changes give the MY17 GT86 much more attitude, with a fresh bumper boasting a bigger central air intake, more sculptural slide air intakes plus new LED headlamps.
New LED tail lamps show the visual power of simply revising lights, while there are new alloys and a suspiciously Subaru BRZ-like metallic blue paint colour option.
Inside, Toyota says it’s upped the quality, with new trims and the option of Alcantara-wrapped instrument panels and door trims. Audio controls are coming to the new-look steering wheel as well; it also gets an ‘86’ logo on the centre boss.
Visual changes extend beneath the surface: there’s revised tuning for the springs and dampers, which make it more agile yet easier to control on the limit (clever work by Toyota, as the two sound contradictory to us).
There’s still no turbo for the flat-four 2.0-litre boxer engine though: this remains unchanged, driving the rear wheels in all its purist glory.
After its NYIAS 2016 showcase, Toyota will prepare the GT86 for its market launch, but don’t hold your breath: it’s not coming until the end of 2016.
Expect for bargains on the current one over the summer.