Toyota will launch a facelifted version of its GT86 sports car at the New York Auto Show on 23rd March.

The car, which is built in a joint programme with Subaru, gains exterior, interior and chassis upgrades.

Visually, the 2017 GT86 can be distinguished by a larger central air intake which – according to Toyota – emphasises the low, wide look of the coupé. The front bumper is restyled, as are the fog lamps, LED headlamps and indicators, while the most distinctive element is the new alloy wheel design with twisted spokes.

Inside Toyota has looked to increase the perception of quality, with new leather and Alcantara upholstery, the latter also available on the instrument panel and door trims.

Also on offer is a new cloth upholstery design with silver stitching, while the steering wheel is modified, carrying audio controls and an ’86’ logo on its boss.

Chassis changes centre on revisions to the damper tuning and spring rates, which is said to make the car easier to control and more agile. The powertrain, based on Subaru’s 2.0-litre flat-four ‘Boxer’ engine, is left unchanged.

The 2017 version of the GT86 will be on sale in late 2016. There is no word yet as to whether Subaru plans a facelift of its BRZ version.

Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Executivecondominium. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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