Toyota showcases facelifted GT 86 online prior to New York Auto Show introduction image

The largest automaker in the world and biggest Japanese company has decided to deliver – albeit virtually – the refreshed GT 86 ahead of the actual public debut set to take place next week during the New York Auto Show.

The fun to drive rear-wheel-drive coupe has been subtly touched on the design level – it now packs a larger central air intake, a new design for the front bumper, and modified fog light housings as well as new graphics for the LED headlights. We also noticed the refreshed turn indicators or the new set of alloys that use a twisted spokes theme. Images with the cockpit have not been released yet but Toyota says quality has been improved by using new leather and Alcantara upholstery and an Alcantara-covered instrument panel. The same theme is used for the door trims, while new cloth upholstery with silver stitching is also on the menu. A different steering wheel is also part of the 2017 model year package with an “86” center logo and built-in audio controls.

The engineers have also decided to have a go at the model to back up the designers and have come up with an optimized suspension with fresh shock absorbers and spring rates – in a bid to increase stability and control, according to the automaker. The naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter engine remains the same on the Euro-spec model but for the US-spec GT 86 (which comes to replace the Scion FR-S) it adds another 5 horsepower and 5 pound-feet of torque for a total of 205 hp and 156 pound-feet of torque. The North American model also packs modified gear ratios for the six-speed manual gearbox for “additional performance” and the model also adds the Hill Start Assist (HAC) system.