The Toyota 86 (or the GT86 as it’s called in Europe), has been given a minor update for the 2015 Model Year. You’d hardly describe the reborn hachi roku as lacking in the dynamics department, but that’s precisely what Toyota decided to improve upon.
Toyota claims to have continued to work on the car since it was first launched in 2012. Chief engineer Tetsuya Tada said, “there is no reason that development should stop, only because the vehicle has gone on sale. The 86 is all about driver involvement, and we are committed to keep enhancing this aspect of the car.”
Integral to the running upgrade is a “more rigid fixation of the front suspension and the rear shock absorbers.” Coupled with reworked dampers, the changes provide more stability to deliver a smoother and more communicative handling. Body roll has been reduced too, while the steering is said to be even crisper than before.
Changes that you can physically see are limited to a new shark-fin antenna (which is aero-positive, apparently) and a carbon-fibre-look dashboard trim. Subaru has also announced a very similar update for its near-identical BRZ.