Goodbye FR-S, Hello 86
When Toyota announced earlier this year that they were getting rid of the Scion brand, they announced that some vehicles, like the Scion FR-S were sticking around. This week we learned that Toyota is 86-ing the FR-S name in favor of renaming the car the Toyota 86.
That’s right, they’re renaming a roadster the same thing that means rejected, get rid of, and killing.
Making its rebadging debut as the 2017 Toyota 86 was shown off at the New York International Auto Show featuring interior and exterior changes, as well as suspension and powertrain upgrades including:
- a larger center intake emphasizing the low, wide stance of the car
- re-configured LED front headlamps and turn signals
- a revised front and rear bumper
- LED tail lamps
- alloy wheels featuring a twisted spoke design
- 86 logos incorporated into a badge on the front fender, inside the front headlamps and on the new “Grandlux” material used on the instrument panel surround
- new seating material with silver stitching and a sporty steering wheel with integrated audio controls and an 86 logo on the center hub
- revised shock tuning and a spring rate change.
If you opt for a manual gearbox, you’ll notice a gear ratio change and a torque increase to 156 lb.-ft, as well as a five-horsepower increase to 205 hp from the previous version of the car. It will also come with Hill Start Assist.
The new Toyota 86 will go on sale at all Toyota dealerships this fall.