ACURA Sport Car | Toyota 86 Manual 2017

Toyota's not-a-Scion sports coupe is a familiar entity
Although the FR-S nameplate is dead, euthanized yesteryear Toyota along amongst the whole Scion brand, the vehicle lives on every bit the 2017 Toyota 86—the same moniker the machine has e'er carried inwards several markets exterior of the United States. Further muddying its identity, the 86’s cite modify coincides amongst a mid-cycle refresh it shares amongst its mechanical twin, the 2017 Subaru BRZ. As amongst the Subaru, a host of subtle updates to the Toyota convey a demeanor on to a greater extent than functioning but create lilliputian to alter its driving soul.
A novel human face upwards distinguishes Toyota’s revised rear-wheel-drive coupe from its Scion predecessor. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 wider, lower intake grille integrates amongst the softer lines of the novel fascia, which along amongst novel LED headlights lends the snout an almost amphibian appearance. LED taillights together with additional sculpting build clean upwards the 86’s nurture view, together with the machine rides on novel 10-spoke, 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped inwards the same Michelin Primacy HP grand-touring summertime tires (sized 215/45) every bit before. It all looks fine, although nosotros create immature lady the sugariness boxer “86” badge that adorned the Scion’s front end fenders but has been deleted here.

More Power, More Gear, More Fuel

Toyotas similar our examination machine amongst the touchstone six-speed manual transmission (a six-speed automatic is a $720 option) have the smallest of boosts inwards functioning for the 2.0-liter flat-four engine, gaining five horsepower together with five lb-ft of torque for totals of 205 together with 156. Automatic cars larn without the engine updates, which include freer-flowing intake together with exhaust systems, beefier pistons together with crankshaft bearings, together with reduced valvetrain friction. While the engine does rev a demeanor on to a greater extent than smoothly to its 7500-rpm redline, the internet effects are negligible; this is withal a coarse together with uninspired powerplant to operate hard, amongst a pronounced sag inwards its torque crease around 4000 rpm—characteristics nosotros became all likewise familiar amongst during a long-term examination of a 2013 Subaru BRZ.
More noticeable is the manual’s shorter final-drive gearing—now 4.30:1, changed from 4.10:1—which necessitates quicker shifting of the somewhat notchy gearbox to maintain the revs upwards close the engine’s 7000-rpm mightiness peak (automatic models retain the taller final-drive ratio). Aided yesteryear a 6000-rpm launch together with lots of wheelspin, our 2754-pound examination machine scooted to threescore mph inwards 6.2 seconds together with covered the quarter-mile inwards 14.8 seconds at 95 mph—about 0.2 instant ahead on both counts versus the quickest of the Scion together with Subaru coupes we’ve previously measured. The functioning enhancements also clip the 86’s EPA fuel-economy estimates, amongst city/highway figures dropping from lastly year’s 22 mpg urban heart together with someone together with xxx mpg highway to 21/28 mpg. Extensive back-road flogging reduced our observed average to 23 mpg, notably less than the 26 mpg returned by a similar 2016 Scion FR-S nosotros tested inwards to a greater extent than relaxed driving conditions and the 28 mpg our long-term BRZ achieved.

Familiar Fun

Toyota together with Subaru melody their chassis setups independently, yet the 86 together with the BRZ part similar updates together with withal motility pretty much identically. Toyota says its destination for 2017 was to sharpen initial turn-in land providing a chip to a greater extent than compliance over crude oil stuff. To that end, the 86’s front end springs together with dampers are slightly stiffer than before, land the rears are a lilliputian softer together with are accompanied yesteryear a thicker anti-roll bar. There are stiffer mounting points for the strut-tower brace, the transmission, together with the nurture dampers. At the track, our illustration posted a similar floor of lateral adhesion (0.89 g) every bit previous BRZ together with FR-S examination cars, along amongst a commendable 161-foot halt from seventy mph.

The 86’s chassis is every bit entertaining every bit ever. Turn-in reply is indeed crisper, ride lineament is adequate for a small-scale sports car, together with the electrically assisted mightiness steering is quick (2.5 turns lock-to-lock), although it pales inwards feedback compared amongst the Mazda MX-5 Miata. But it’s almost impossible to discern whatsoever important improvement inwards the agency the 86 handles compared amongst its previous Scion iteration. With its Torsen limited-slip differential together with the compromised travelling pocket provided yesteryear the rubber, the 86’s cornering mental attitude continues to teeter betwixt safe understeer together with power-on oversteer. In other words, it withal loves to drift, together with a revised stability-control arrangement keeps the activeness inwards depository fiscal establishment gibe land permitting a chip to a greater extent than tail-out mental attitude earlier intervening. The setup’s previous Sport fashion has been replaced yesteryear an fifty-fifty less intrusive Track setting, together with y'all tin forcefulness out withal deactivate the arrangement altogether.
Fitting higher-performance summertime tires would probable improve the 86’s cornering limits together with feel. While Toyota Racing Development offers a attain of port- together with dealer-installed go-fast parts for the 86, only the 2017 Subaru is available amongst a manufacturing flora Performance package—$1195 for upgraded Sachs dampers, bigger brakes amongst Brembo calipers, together with slightly wider wheels. We’ve establish that bundle to live worth the expense only for the upgraded stoppers together with their improved pedal feel.

Simple Workspace

Improvements to the 86’s cabin send over the trim upgrades Scion instituted on the FR-S for 2016, including a novel vinyl-like cloth on the dash together with door panels that Toyota calls Granlux, every bit good every bit a novel steering bike amongst good together with Bluetooth controls. The 86 also retains the FR-S’s eight-speaker Pioneer good arrangement amongst a 7.0-inch touchscreen; it is vastly superior to the master caput unit of measurement that these cars made their debut with, yet it remains woefully outdated. Although relatively comfortable, the cabin is spartan. Of the 2 siblings, the Subaru has a chip to a greater extent than smoothen inside, cheers to ameliorate integration of its center-stack controls together with an available 4.2-inch LCD display inwards the musical instrument cluster.
The 86’s solely trim floor starts at $27,120—up $1020 from lastly year’s Scion—and splits the divergence betwixt the BRZ’s manual-only Premium ($26,315) together with uplevel Limited ($28,465) models, the latter of which brings several features non offered on the Toyota, such every bit push-button foremost along amongst leather together with microsuede upholstery. At an as-tested $27,683, our examination machine also included paint-protecting cinema on its olfactory organ ($395), a protective nurture bumper strip ($69), together with a rear-seat tablet mountain ($99), plainly to placate passengers unfortunate plenty to live relegated to the car’s tight nurture quarters for an extended period. While the revised 86 together with BRZ are both slightly to a greater extent than enjoyable every bit driving machines, the Subaru’s development seems a chip to a greater extent than meaningful at the high halt of the lineup. The 86’s reincarnation every bit a Toyota feels similar only that.

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