Will 5hp Bump Make Much Difference in 2017 Toyota 86?
It gets a new Toyota badge, and the new Toyota 86 gets refreshed but not a complete overhaul for 2017. The new 2017 Toyota 86 made its global debut at the New York International Auto Show this week. It gets new exterior styling, changes to the interior, and also suspension and engine upgrades.
Toyota and Subaru tweaked the 2.0-liter boxer engine and squeezed out an additional 5hp and another 5 lb. ft of torque from the naturally aspirated engine. Suspension tweaks were also made on the 2017 Toyota 86 with the shocks re-tuned and it gets a spring rate change that Toyota says will enhance control of the sports coupe. On the 6-speed manual coupes, performance is improved through a gear ratio change. Is it enough for performance enthusiasts?
Ramping it up
The 2016 Scion FR-S and BRZ rear-drive sport coupes were high on the fun-to-drive meter before, and the changes in power and suspension should ramp it up even more. A 5hp bump doesn’t sound like much, but when it’s combined with more torque and suspension tweaks, it will make a difference in overall driving performance.
The Toyota 86 needed to be updated and it gets enough performance upgrades to keep it interesting for driving enthusiasts. It probably won’t satisfy performance fans who wanted a turbocharged BRZ/86 model for 2017. Subaru and Toyota won’t likely be putting a turbocharged engine in the sports coupe anytime soon.
Subaru boss says a little power increase is enough
In a recent interview, Subaru COO Tom Doll said, “I think there is a place in our lineup for the BRZ. We will have to do some things to it to enhance the driving performance a little bit more, take it up a little bit. We have learned that if it had a little bit more performance to it, BRZ could increase in sales even more.”
It looks like Subaru will make similar power and suspension changes to the 2017 BRZ when it’s announced. Don’t expect performance upgrades beyond what the Toyota 86 received. The new Toyota 86 will arrive in showrooms this fall with pricing being announced closer to dealer launch.
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