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A sportier variant of the recently facelifted Toyota 86 could be introduced before the end of 2016, according to a report by Drive. Speaking to chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, it is revealed that some “big-name brands” will be used for suspension and braking mods on the hardcore 86 variant.

The refreshed 86, which has since gone on sale in Japan, receives an increase in body rigidity thanks to increased spot welds – allowing engineers to soften the suspension for better ride comfort. However, for those who prioritise performance over ride comfort, the potentially-new introduction could fill this gap.

“It will have [modified] brakes and suspension,” Tetsuya said, adding that the optional Brembo brake package currently available on the Subaru BRZ will be carried over to the new 86 as well, although it will have a different suspension. “Not only the tuning but also [different] construction and hardware. [It will be] more a sophisticated setting than standard suspension,” he explained.

The chief engineer also said that the sportier 86 would be available globally by the “end of this year,” while the Japanese market model “might have some special package with other parts” instead. No mention of power, but expect the 2.0 litre FA20 D-4S direct-injected flat-four engine to reprise its role.

The boxer mill when mated to the six-speed manual transmission, produces 207 PS at 7,000 rpm and 212 Nm of torque between 6,400 and 6,800 rpm – a hike of 7 PS and 7 Nm. However, models with the six-speed retain the previous figures.

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