The Scion FR-S is dead. Long live the Toyota 86!

One of the most recent driver’s car presented to the world was the Subaru BRZ, also named as Toyota GT86, Toyota 86 and as Scion FR-S. But Scion is now dead. And its cars are also dead. This is why Toyota will present it as the Toyota 86 at the New York Auto Show. It will be slightly restyled in order to keep the Toyota branch of the car alive in the North American market.

The Toyota 86 is 4.24 m long, 1.78 m wide, 1.29 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.57 m. It is powered by a Subaru engine, the FA20 2.0 4 cylinder boxer, named 4U-GSE by Toyota, that delivers 149 kW at 7,000 rpm and 20 Nm at 6,000 rpm. It is a rear-wheel drive car and, according to every single person that got the chance to get behind its wheel, simply a delight to drive.

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The changes the car will present in its 2017 model year are mostly related to headlights, tail lights and bumpers. In what relates to the lightning system, it is basically the addition of LED. The bumpers are new, as well as the alloy wheels and the materials on seats, door armrest and door trim.

Toyota claims to have revised the shock absorbers and spring rate for an enhanced handling, the gear ratio, for a more prompt acceleration and a more powerful engine. Instead of 149 kW, it would now produce 153 kW. It has also added a Hill Start Assist Control. And this is pretty much all about the car. It is just a pity it is not sold worldwide. Many gearheads dream of a cheap and fun rear-wheel drive car.

 

 

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.