Is 205 hp really enough?
Last week’s reveal of the 2017 Toyota 86, formerly known as the Scion FR-S, stirred a fair amount of conversation. Yes, Scion as a brand is no longer and the rear-wheel-drive coupe will now be a Toyota. Despite a new front end design a few other updates, output from the 2.0-liter Boxer four increased – by 5 hp, to 205 hp. Torque is also up to 156 lb-ft (from 151). In other words, many people still think the 86 is underpowered. So what about its twin, the Subaru BRZ?
We’re still waiting for an official reveal, but these leaked images have just appeared on the FT86club forum. It also features a revised front end, though it’s a much more conservative update compared to the 86. In fact, the front bumper looks like it was inspired by the STI Performance Concept shown last year at New York. The interior has also been tweaked slightly, and the steering wheel has buttons on both sides. We expect for the 86 to receive these same updates. Overall, the interior trim appears to be a bit more upscale than before, now with faux carbon fiber trim, a new screen on the instrument cluster, and revised gauges. A full reveal should come very soon and the live debut will probably happen at New York later this week.