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Toyota unveils the refreshed 86

The new 86 gets sportier with new facade and rear bumper

From left: TMP SVP for Marketing, Jose Ariel Arias; TMP President, Satoru Suzuki; and TMP EVP, Yohei Murase.

From left: TMP SVP for Marketing, Jose Ariel Arias; TMP President, Satoru Suzuki; and TMP EVP, Yohei Murase.

While I have yet to meet a person who looks at an 86 and goes, “that’s really not for me,” Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has gone ahead and given it a facelift before anyone actually noticed that it was already four years old.

At an event coinciding with the pre-race party for the third leg of the Vios Cup Season 3, TMP unveiled, in spectacular fashion, the ‘refreshed’ 86 at the Clark International Speedway.

Rolling in slowly under party lights and dance music, the new 86 — driven by professional drifter Alex Perez — went into a series of drift moves in confines barely the size of a basketball court.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough to showcase its superb handling, the female host of the event walks right up to the middle and fearlessly stand there as the 86 ran tight rings around her for what seemed like an eternity.

Take a bow, new 86, for an intro befitting your status as one of the most popular entry-level sports cars in the country.

What’s new?862

The overall shape and form remains the same, as with the engine and suspension, but minor mods on the exterior and interior do give the new 86 more personality and spunk.

It begins with the larger air intake at the front that gives it a wider, more aggressive appearance, including a lower profile as well. Headlights now use LEDs with LED clearance lamps operated by the 86’s Light Control System.

The new rear bumper also contributes to lowering the ground clearance to further enhance the already impressive exterior of the 86.

Inside, the new 86 now sports a smaller steering wheel — the smallest the automaker has ever used, in fact — and it comes with an 86 logo in the middle, plus audio and directional controls for the system’s 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display.

Vibrant colors and updated pricing863

The new 86 will come in seven vibrant colors that include Pure Red, Dark Gray Metallic, Lapis Blue Pearl, the popular Orange Metallic, Ice Silver Metallic, Crystal White Pearl and Crystal Black Silica.

Two trims will be available to the public and they are priced as follows: the 2.0L M/T at P1.749 million, and the 2.0L A/T at P1,864 million. If you decide to get the Crystal White Pearl hue on either of the trims, simply tack on an extra P15,000.

“I am thrilled to announce that we are presenting a car that is deeply rooted in Toyota’s history in motorsports and in racing. First introduced in the Philippines in 2012, the 86 made its debut at a similar environment that we are in today. With a rich history born from other Toyota sports cars such as the 2000GT, Sports 800 and the AE86, the new 86 is a sports car that holds all its predecessors characteristics but with a compelling new style,” said TMP President Satoru Suzuki.