Upgraded 86 now in Toyota dealerships

Upgraded 86 now in Toyota dealerships

86-NZ-red-interior-July-2014Toyota has announced the arrival of the MY15 Toyota 86 and GT86 into dealerships, which receives upgrades and enhancements at no change to its recommended retail prices.

Toyota New Zealand product general manager Neeraj Lala says the MY15 cars have received a third round of enhancements since the vehicle was first introduced to the market.

“Toyota’s engineering division has continued to evolve key 86 performance attributes, delivering in the MY15 model a series of updates that will enhance the enthusiast driver’s ability to safely and confidently control the car as appropriate to the environment, whether that be on the road or the track,” says Lala

The handling and stability is better thanks to the introduction of increased suspension rigidity and re-tuned shock absorbers says Toyota. New fixation points and mounting bolts were specified and lower-friction oil, oil seals and guide bushings were also adopted.

The end result says the company is a more stable damping action and improved friction control, a reduction in body-roll and further enhancement of that all important steering feel.

Toyota says the 86 and GT86 suspension upgrade is designed to make it easier for the driver to read the road or track ahead and maintain confident and predictable car control.

Inside the cockpit the GT86 receives a new carbon fibre dashboard insert within the instrument panel, while GT86 owners now have the option of specifying a unique black and red interior. The vivid red accents functional areas such as the steering knob, parking brake lever, door handle grips and steering wheel. Red is also used for the main sections of the seat upholstery, adding further to the model’s performance-bred DNA.

Additionally MY15 cars will also receive an updated ‘shark fin’ antenna, improving the signature low profile exterior silhouette and aerodynamics.

The 86 also now receives the same meters as the GT86, including digital speedometer providing improved visibility of speed.

These MY15 changes compliments those made in 2013, including limited slip differential.

The Toyota 86 manual’s recommended selling price remains unchanged at $42,586 and $43,586 for the automatic. The GT86 starts from $47,486 for the manual, and $48,486 for the automatic.

The TRD 86 and TRD GT86 equipped with specialised locally-sourced and Toyota Racing Development factory race components are also available to customer order.

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