The company decided to debut its 2017 model year 86 sports coupe for Europe in style, with the model sitting next to inspiring cars – such as the 2000GT, original Celica, AE86 Corolla, MR2, and fourth-generation Supra.
While North American buyers have already gotten used to the 2017 model year Toyota 86 (which also replaces the Scion counterpart there), it’s now time for the European customers to also see the model in its latest flavor. Old Continent buyers will still call it the GT86, but aside from that it’s exactly the same model as in the US or Japan. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine sends power to the rear wheels using a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox – but packs 197 horsepower (147 kilowatts) and 151 pound-feet (205 Newton-meters) instead of 205 hp (153 kW) and 156 lb-ft of torque (212 Nm) like in the US.
Fortunately there’s an updated suspension and higher torsional stiffness to discuss thanks to different high-tensile steels and also a new Track mode to make the car more accommodating while on an enclosed circuit. Toyota also brought forth LED headlights and a slightly modified front end, while the taillights are also new – while in the cockpit there’s a smaller steering wheel and a 4.2-inch color multi-function display. By the way, the gallery is also a great way to revisit some classic and modern icons – such as those mentioned above or the Fredric Aasbø’s 86-X drift car packing 1,156 horsepower or the GT86 CS-R3 customer-spec rally car.