An additional five horsepower is going to cost you.
Scion is dead and with the exception of the FR-S, the remaining lineup will fade into history. Okay, the iM still lives but it's now the Corolla iM. Doesn't count! The FR-S, as we all know, has been rebadged as the Toyota 86 (not GT86 as it’s called overseas0. It’s also been given a host of updates that apparently justifies a 3.5 percent price increase from last year. Toyota has announced the manual-equipped 2017 86 will begin at $27,120 a $950 increase to be precise. Six-speed automatic cars receive a $570 boost.
The 2016 Subaru BRZ, which was more expensive than the FR-S, by comparison, began at $25,395. Subaru has yet to announce pricing for the 86’s sister ship but we’re expecting that to go up too. What sort of upgrades aside from new front and rear end styling does the Toyota 86 feature? There’s now an additional five horsepower and five pound-feet of torque (on manual-equipped models), for a new total of 205 hp and 156 lb-ft. There’s also a new hill start-assist system meant to prevent it from rolling backwards on an incline before getting it into first gear. Other updates include a new steering wheel, a few interior trim changes and standard LED running lights.
Despite paying more for a car that’s not radically different than last year’s model, both the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are two of the best all-around sport coupes for less than $30k. Prefer a convertible? Get the MX-5 Miata. Oh, and there’s also the new MX-5 RF. Life is full of tough choices.