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The FR-S Lives on as the Toyota 86

August 24, 2016 lacarguy FR-S, Scion, Toyota Tags: , , , , ,

Well the Scion FR-S is no more. I know it’s a sad day for auto enthusiasts, but there’s no reason to cry. The model will live on under another badge, the Toyota 86! That’s right, Toyota is nearing the launch of a 2017 performance model under the badge of Toyota 86, and it looks to be an improved version of the FR-S that drivers are really going to enjoy. Sure it’ll set you back a bit more than the FR-S would have, but you’ll also get more for your money than Scion buyers did.

A Bump in Cost

While making the transformation from the Scion FR-S to the Toyota 86, the car became more expensive. The standard model will be about $950 more than it was as the Scion FRs and the Automatic model will cost around $570 more than the automatic FR-S did in 2016.


While making the transformation from the Scion FR-S to the Toyota 86, the car is receiving quite a few enhancements that are worth taking note of. It’s getting more aggressive styling, it will receive a few handling enhancements to make it more exciting to drive around and the car is even getting a bit more power during the transformation. Between all those changes the Toyota 86 should be worth taking a look at and really considering if you were a fan of the FR-S.

The vehicle comes with a new set of shocks and tune-adjusted springs that should perform better during aggressive driving. It comes standard with a Hill Start Assist Control mode, and will be offered in both manual and automatic variations, which is excellent for all you manual enthusiasts out there.

Overall the Toyota 86 is an exciting vehicle that offers many of the same benefits and features that the Scion FR-S had going for it. Sure it’s rebadged and it has a new name, but it’s the same reliable and high-performance vehicle. If you’re interested in a high-powered Toyota coupe, the 86 is probably the best that you are going to get, and it’s pretty darned good. It’s hard to say if the name change is good or bad for the sports car, but it will be pretty cool to own the first of a new line of cars, and that’s exactly what buyers of the 2017 Toyota 86 will be seen as.

The 2017 Toyota 86 Shows Itself

July 6, 2016 lacarguy Uncategorized Tags: , , ,

The all-new Toyota 86 just recently made its appearance to the public, and Toyota Racing Development is already showing off an extensive body kit for interested buyers looking for an even edgier appearance. The body kit helps bring the sporty coupe to the next level with some very sharp features that are hard to ignore.

2017 toyota 86

The Kit

The front end of the 86 comes with an even more extended front splitter dressed up in black. The group also added on a set of daytime running LEDs to help dress up the car. The rear of the vehicle is enhanced by a lip spoiler that wraps around the back edge of the boot. The bumper has a whole new set of creases and bends designed to give it a more complex look than the standard 86 backend. The final standard item that comes with the set is a pair of quad exhaust pipes that go onto the back of the 86. They’re similar to an optional set that you can get from Toyota for the 86 right now, but they’re dressed up in chrome.

Additional Goodies

If all those changes aren’t enough for you, there are a bunch of additional items that you can add on to the 86 as well. You can choose between 18-inch aluminum wheels or between two 17-inch options, one from SARD and the other from TOM’s. There’s also a massive carbon fiber wing that you can add on to the car if you really want to give it that hardcore racecar look.

Functional Enhancements

While most of the above features are just for looks, other than the daytime lights and the spoilers, there are several functional improvements that you can add to the 86 as well. There is a set of adjustable coilovers you can use to change the way the suspension performs. There are also a bunch of underbody brace options to help stiffen up the ride even more, and a front tower brace that you can add as well.

For the moment this body kit is only an option through Japanese car dealerships, but it’s very likely that the option is going to spread to other countries in the near future, giving you the ability to really customize your ride.

Toyota Shows off the New 86

March 28, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , ,

What was once known as the Scion FRS has now become the Toyota 86 and it’s an exciting new take on the vehicle with quite a few enhancements over the 2016 FRS. Toyota brought the vehicle with them to the 2016 NY Auto Show and showed it off to the world in all its glory.

2017 toyota 86

More Power

Toyota enhanced the vehicle’s horsepower by 5 bringing it to 205 HP and improved on its torque as well. While the vehicle won’t feel significantly more powerful because of these two enhancements it’s nice to see the power curve moving in the right direction rather than regressing like some new vehicles do.

Edgy Exterior

Adding to the power wasn’t enough for the transformation to the Toyota 86 though, the automaker also redid the exterior to make it more aggressive. The automaker added on LED headlights and a changed up front bumper giving it an angry frown. It still carries the high class look of the Scion FRS, but looks more menacing overall.

Improved Interior

Climbing inside, one of the biggest improvements to the 86 was the addition of audio controls to the steering wheel. Scion FRS fans will rejoice when test-driving the vehicle when they notice the convenient new controls that were non-existent in older models. The seats have been improved with new seat fabric as well to give them a more sporty look overall.

If you’re in the market for a classy, and yet affordable rear-wheel drive sports vehicle, the Toyota 86 could be just the thing for you. It’s still built on that reliable and powerful Scion FRS framework, but with some nice improvements.