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After its global unveiling, the facelifted Toyota 86 has now reached the European market, where it will be marketed as the GT86 when it goes on sale there in October. It will have a ‘Track’ mode added to its stability control suite, allowing the driver an added level of adjustability beyond the standard systems-active mode and fully switched off.

Appearances are similar to the pre-facelift model, however the similarities conceal what Toyota says are comprehensive revisions. “We overhauled everything – primarily as a result of technological feedback from the 86’s participation in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring – and repeatedly tested the vehicle on roads all over the world as we manufactured every single part,” said chief engineer Tetsuya Tada.

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Notably, the updates don’t include the mild output hike to 207 PS and 212 Nm the 2.0 litre direct-injected, naturally-aspirated flat-four receives in Japan and US (courtesy of revisions to the intake and exhaust systems); it gets by with the same 200 PS and 205 Nm as before. It does, however, receive a stiffened bodyshell, particularly at the rear thanks to thicker componentry and additional spot welding.

Revisions inside include a new, smaller three-spoke multi-function steering wheel which now measures 362 mm in diameter, while the tachometer in the middle of the instrument cluster has been reoriented to show 7,000 rpm (where peak power is made) at the 12 o’clock position. The new 4.2-inch multi-function display includes fuel economy, journey distance, power and torque curves, a stopwatch as well as a G-force monitor.

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Equipment-wise, the updated GT86 is available in standard and Pro trims. The base model includes adaptive LED headlights, keyless entry and go, hill start assist, cruise control, electrically-operated heated mirrors with folding function and aluminum sport pedals. In addition to the base package, the GT86 Pro brings a rear spoiler, heated front seats, leather and Alcantara upholstery, suede-effect finish for the door trims and dashboard and leather driver’s armrest.

Both trim levels gain the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, DAB tuner and Bluetooth, and can be optionally upgraded to the Toyota Touch 2 with Go, adding sat-nav, and access to online services and social media channels. The GT86 will be priced from £25,495 (RM137,334), with the Pro trim level starting from £27,095 (RM145,833).

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