Scion FR-S Officially Renamed Toyota 86, Gets More Power, Tweaked Style

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The Scion FR-S has a new name, a new style and something people have been asking for: a boost in performance.

Enthusiasts will be happy to hear that the Scion FR-S has been renamed the Toyota 86, sticking true to its Japanese roots. Going on sale at Toyota dealerships this fall, the 2017 Toyota 86 also receives interior and exterior changes as well as suspension and powertrain upgrades. But don’t celebrate just yet, the Toyota 86 is only getting a modest increase in performance with the manual version of the car seeing torque increased to 158 pound-feet, while horsepower now comes in at 205 hp. This is compared to the Scion’s current 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque figures.

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According to Toyota, handling has been improved with revised shock tuning and a spring rate change, while Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) will help prevent the coupe from rolling back on steep hills.

Perhaps the biggest change to the rear-wheel-drive sports car is a change to the gear ratios. Although specific details have not emerged, chances are the 86 with receive shorter gearing for more responsive performance and quicker acceleration.

Other updates to the 86 includes more aggressive styling featuring a larger center intake to help emphasize the low, wide stance of the 86. The front end also receives reconfigured LED headlights and turn signals, while the fog lamp bezels and front bumper have been heavily revised. In the back are LED tail lights and also a new rear bumper. The 86 logos have also been incorporated into a badge on the front fender as well as inside the front headlights.

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Inside the cabin, you can find the 86 logo on the new “Grandlux” material that is used on the instrument panel. That same material also adds a soft feel to the door trim, while drivers get to enjoy new seating material with silver stitching and a sporty steering wheel with integrated audio controls and an 86 logo on the center hub.

Toyota will also continue competing in the Formula Drift championship with drivers Ken Gushi, Ryan Tuerck and Series Champion Frederic Aasbo all climbing into new Toyota 86s for the 2016 season. Aasbo will be defending the SR by Toyota race team’s 2015 Manufacturers’ Championship.

“When we announced the transition of the Scion models to Toyota we hadn’t planned on changing the names of our cars, but by popular demand, for our sports car, we decided to adopt the global name of 86,” said Toyota Division Group vice president, Bill Fay.

Discuss this story on our Scion FR-S Forum

  • craigcole

    Lower gear ratios should be pretty great in this car. The power boost? Not so much. It’s nice that they tried but I wish they got more.

  • Mark S

    Honestly I do not find the (lack of) power a big deal – maybe I have got use to. I am hoping they do not have a weight increase if they try and improve the interior. If I had one wish, if they could tune out the torque that would nice, but not really that much of a downer on the road. Maybe the new gear ratios will help.

  • timothyhood

    I drove the FR-S and found the lack of power/torque to be a big letdown. I like the looks of this car–reminds me of the old 240-280 Z cars. Handles well, feels really grippy and corners like a go-kart. But it always felt like I had to wind it up high into the RPMs just to keep pace with the Accords and Camrys of the road. There’s no low-end toque and power is modest for a modern sports car. This car could have been given more power without any handling penalty. Let’s hope that the revised gearing really helps it get going in the lower RPM range. If so, there may be hope for it, yet.

  • Mark S

    Very cool that the 86 continues!

    Now 5 months into owning mine and wish I had more time to drive it. The car is a hoot through the gears as you rev out the engine…very similar to an NB Miata. I was finding all sorts of excuses to get through the 4000rpm break in period (1000 miles). The ergonomics are great, as is the clutch and shifter, brakes are good enough but the real deal is handling, the steering, the way the corner communicates around a corner etc., just difficult to put into writing (I would make a useless car reviewer). Lets just say, it is grin inducing big time – even start grinning before I get to the roundabout.

    All the changes sound good, but (please), keep the weight down. I would rather have bare bones Fisher Price interior than balloon up the weight towards the 3000lbs mark.

  • Coznesster Smiff

    Agreed about keeping the weight down. However, I hope the integrated audio controls they’re talking about adding to the steering wheel doesn’t become a distraction or get in the way when you’re on the track. If that’s one thing I do love about the FR-S is the small and simple steering wheel.

  • Mark S

    They should leave the steering alone. The lack of button and focus on just steering is a plus point. Some steering wheels, like the Mustang have way too many controls on the steering wheel – cluttered.

  • A.C.

    Er…interesting name choice, Toyota. To ‘eighty-six’ something is to throw it away, right?

  • http://www.farsightsecurity.com Paul Vixie

    give it a hatchback instead of an unusable rear seat and i’ll be right over with checkbook in hand.

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