While we were busy ogling the Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 with its Yuzu yellow paint and a workover by Toyota Racing Development, and the Japanese Toyota 86 buyers were trying out their Playstation-compatible Sports Drive Logger telemetry system, the European 2015 Toyota GT86 got fitted with some new parts of its own. New on next year's model are stiffer mounts for the front suspension and rear shock absorbers, and new shocks in the back for better damping and less friction. Toyota says the result is sharper steering and less body roll.

Inside, the instrument panel and center console get decorated with a "carbon-fiber motif." There are new shades of pearl white and silver to dress up the outside, and the roof gets a shark-fin antenna for sharper looks and aero. It goes on sale this summer, and you can read everything we just told you in the press release below. We've reached out to Scion to see if we'll get the same upgrades on the FR-S this summer, too, company PR rep Nancy Hubbell telling us, "The European changes are among those being considered for the US model FR-S and we'll have final confirmation soon."
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Toyota GT86 Model Year '15
The perfect dynamics - improved

• Even better handling and stability thanks to increased suspension rigidity and retuned shock absorbers
• Improved interior thanks to new instrument panel finish
• Introduction of a shark-fin type antenna for better aerodynamics and bolder look


Brussels, Belgium, 16 Apr 2014 - Since the launch of the GT86 in 2012, the engineering team has continued development to further improve the already universally acclaimed dynamics of the car.

Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada said: "There is no reason that development should stop, only because the vehicle has gone on sale. GT86 is all about driver involvement, and we are committed to keep enhancing this aspect of the car. The 2015 Model Year delivers the latest status of GT86's continuous evolution."

The foundation of the upgrade is a more rigid fixation of the front suspension and the rear shock absorbers.

The potential of this increased rigidity is fully exploited a rework of shock absorbers. They provide a more stable damping and improved friction control, delivering smoother and yet more communicative handling. Body-roll is further reduced, and the steering feel is even crisper than before.

The suspension upgrade is designed to make it easier again for the driver to read the road, giving him all the confidence he needs to control the car, when it's driven on the limit.

The '15 Model Year also benefits from a new carbon-fibre motif dashboard insert, for a more premium appearance.

On the exterior, a shark-fin antenna has been adopted to improve both looks and aerodynamics. A new pearl-white and a new silver paint finish complete the '15 Model Year update, which will be available throughout Europe from summer.


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      domingorobusto
      • 8 Months Ago
      *pokes head in Is it getting a turbo yet? No? *leaves
        colin.shark
        • 8 Months Ago
        @domingorobusto
        Looks like 5 people hate turbos. What kind of world do we live in?
      • 8 Months Ago
      [blocked]
      jawnath1n
      • 8 Months Ago
      The only people who want this car to have more power are people who have no experience with real power. Power isn't everything and for people who think it is, then this car isn't for you. Go buy a Mustang.
        Cayman
        • 8 Months Ago
        @jawnath1n
        I think you can realize that power isn't everything while still wanting more power in this car. I like the car, but I'd like it even more with more power. In fact, I don't think I've ever had a car that I didn't at some point wish had a little more power.
        domingorobusto
        • 8 Months Ago
        @jawnath1n
        No, it just really needs a more powerful model. It. Is. Slow. That can be fun. I love NB Miatas in dead stock form. They're a hoot. The 86 is right there too, and it's great for a base model. This is the right formula for the base model, and I'm glad it exists. But have you ever driven a turbo Miata? They're everything great about the Miata and SO MUCH MORE. A moderate amount of power with good delivery does nothing but make a car better. It doesn't detract ANYTHING from the driving experience, just adds to it, because your base capabilities are higher. It's not like we're asking for it to become a peaky, uncontrollable monster, we just want the WRX engine. An engine which makes all kinds of low end power and torque, where the current car is absolutely worthless. Speed isn't everything with a sports car, but it's a big part of it, and the current 86 just doesn't have any. My light mod 06 Mustang GT handily beat every 86 there at several autocrosses last year, even those with real tires and better drivers than me, simply because of the power disparity. I can leave the corner hard, they can't. And that's on a tight auto-x course where they have the biggest advantage. At the track day I went to the gap was massive. They'd gain back some on the tighter turns, but then I'd monster them everywhere else. With just 300 whp. They need more power, and I don't want to have to void my warranty to get it.
      Michaele
      • 8 Months Ago
      Who cares? Without more juice this (and the BRZ) car remains a nice looking limp weenie.
      James Scott
      • 8 Months Ago
      Two big reasons I don't own this car. I want a lot more power, I'm looking at the m235i and STI as options right now. Second I seriously hate the center console and other interior components. For example the walls on either side of the environmental controls are seriously obnoxious.
        jboogiezx6
        • 8 Months Ago
        @James Scott
        I just sold my sti and will be replacing it with a miata. have you even driven both? yes both the sti/beemer have more power, but the roadfeel feel is incomparable to cars like the gt86/mx5. personally, i got bored with the power and would much prefer handling. if you live in an area with just straights i feel for you.
      WindsWilling
      • 8 Months Ago
      Why wouldn't they do said improvements to the US model exactly? I mean, people aren't buying these things for a comfy ride on a cloud. Toyota still has a grasp on stupidity I see. Then again, they think we're all stupid here in the States anyways considering they probably sold every of 1500 "release edition" FR-S's here to some idiots willing to dish out $30k on "sporty car" with an economy car powertrain. What's the excuse for these things not being turbocharged again now with the WRX and other models over seas featuring a FI FA20 again? Toyota Pls... P.S. - Please also don't bring back the Surpa and piss all over said nameplate. I'm saying you'll piss all over it because the direction you have taken cars since 2000 and currently exhibit. If you can bring back a Turbo Supra with 450hp that handles on rails and brakes like a boss, with a Targa roof and sexy wing, and a nose that wasn't inspired by a cheap microphone (lolexus) for 45-55k, then you have my apologies. If you're going to release the Supra as a 80-100k hybrid car, piss off.
        Cayman
        • 8 Months Ago
        @WindsWilling
        Lets see, Flat 4, 100hp/liter (200hp), runs on premium, 6 speed manual or 6 speed auto (from an IS 250), and it's RWD. And an optional LSD. Yeah, that sounds like a economy car power train to me. I'm not saying it couldn't use more power, but lets not get carried away and start saying this is an economy car's power train.
          Cayman
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Cayman
          Uh, no, really I'm not. There is nothing to defend. It's performance is it's performance. But I do think it could use more power, which I said in my last sentence. But what I am doing is stating that the BRZ/FRS's power train is certainly not an economy car power train. It's engine isn't typical, it's transmission isn't typical, and it's layout isn't typical of an ecnomy car.
          superchan7
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Cayman
          I'd like to see what everyone here drives, complaining about 200 hp being "penalty box power levels." People don't grasp the large difference from a 170 hp in a Camry that weighs 3500 lbs. and uses a drivetrain made of goo, compared to a 200 hp FR sports car that is effective in power delivery.
          Michaele
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Cayman
          Are you defending its performance? Really are you? The car is seriously under juiced. It could be a great car, but in typical Toyota style they have taken a really good idea and failed to follow through. They could easily offer the car with more power as an option. It needs it. I drove one for a month. It was nice, but I wouldn't buy one with that engine. They can do all the cosmetic garbage they want to the car. The guts remain the same - weak for what it supposed to do. Sales numbers don't lie and in typical Japanese car company denial, they continue to refuse to realistic about what the reason is. Their behavior about this car is beginning to approach Honda's denial, ineptness and destruction of Acura.
        Mike J
        • 8 Months Ago
        @WindsWilling
        I don't think we will see Toyota will bring a WRX competitor. If such a thing were to happen it would of have been on the Subaru version. However since Toyota prevented Subaru from doing what it does beast, AWD and turbo engine, it doesn't look likely.
          Montie
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Mike J
          I love Subaru Beasts! STI FTW
        jase.s
        • 8 Months Ago
        @WindsWilling
        >Please also don't bring back the Supra and piss all over said nameplate....If you can bring back a Turbo Supra with 450hp that handles on rails and brakes like a boss.... The Supra had pretty bad handling in both turbo and non-turbo guise. Of the 90's Japanese muscle cars, the Supra usually ranked last among them in terms of handling, even worse than the heavier GTO (though that had AWD+AWS). If you want Toyota to remain true to the Supra nameplate, don't ask for a car that handles like an M3 or GT86.
        EZen
        • 8 Months Ago
        @WindsWilling
        I can almost guarantee they'll go the second route. Look what the Lexus LFA is. Ridiculously overpriced for the performance. Look what Nissan did with the GTR which used to be in that middle $100k range. They almost doubled the price and brought performance way up. Then, when it was successful, they kept jacking the price. I really do think you'll see hybrid powertrains in the new Supra but also very good performance. The result will be a good $75k at least with escalating premium trims.
        Phontsolo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @WindsWilling
        It's not just Toyota. Most automobile manufactures share in this practice of creating one version of theirs cars for one market and another version for another market. I'm thinking this is a dated process and needs to stop. There is hardly a reason for the GT-86 and the FR-S to be different at all. This happens to many cars that we get in the US and most of the time we get the down graded version. I'm not sure when the US became the country that cars get down graded.
        Phontsolo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @WindsWilling
        @Michaele - It is already a great car. Not could be. Already is. Power does not always make a great car. Do i agree that they need a more powerful version? Yes. But Toyota did not fail in anyway with this car.
      Lachmund
      • 8 Months Ago
      WTF is wrong with you?!... And the one thing everyone complains about is not changed?! Ok Toyota, if you are content with that miserable amount of sales...
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 8 Months Ago
      And still no mention of a power bump, or higher engine offering. How clueless can these guys be?
      Adam
      • 8 Months Ago
      This really doesnt matter at all. Since 80%+ of these FRS/BRZ owners are under 25 and will be removing the stock suspension within 1000 miles anyway.
        superchan7
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Adam
        The vast, vast majority of 86/FRS/BRZ I see are bone stock.
          Gorgenapper
          • 8 Months Ago
          @superchan7
          The ones I see around here are not completely stock. There is usually a different exhaust, new wheels, and the whole car is lowered even more than stock. Some are stickered out. Personally speaking, if I were to get a BRZ, I'd change out the wheels, tires, springs, shocks and intake/exhaust.
        Cayman
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Adam
        Right, 80% of FRS/BRZ owners replace their stock suspension.
          KC
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Cayman
          100% of people on the internet are statisticians, I should know i am one of them.
          Leather Bear
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Cayman
          @KC: Heard on the radio a while back: "10 out of 7 people in the US are bad at math!"
      Hello PDavan7
      • 8 Months Ago
      25,000 is too expensive for this economy and considering they didn't build the concept design. I hope the Supra successor doesn't let down.
      truewhiteboy
      • 8 Months Ago
      They mentioned overboring the 2.0 to a 2.5 months ago as a possible power boost while not needing more engine space. Have there been any updates on that?
      carguy1701
      • 8 Months Ago
      So in other words, we'll probably see these changes here. Any word on a better head unit?
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