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2017 Toyota 86 improves on Scion FR-S (pictures)

Only slightly modifying the hot styling of the Scion FR-S, the renamed Toyota 86 gains new badging consistent with the Japanese market, and more power.

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2017 Toyota 86

As Toyota dropped the Scion brand, the it renamed the former FR-S the Toyota 86.

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Along with the new badging, Toyota made some changes to the model, making it a bit of refresh.

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Along with slight styling changes, the car gets a power improvement and new suspension tuning.

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Toyota revised the front bumper, along with the 86 rename.

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The 86 retains its front-engine, rear-wheel-drive format.

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The grille sits low on the front, mostly obscured by the hood overhang.

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LED lights adorn the headlight casing, and the 86 emblem is etched in the side of the lens.

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Vents on the front fender add a performance look.

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Enthusiasts will appreciate the bump in power for the direct injection 2-liter four-cylinder engine. It now produces 205 horsepower and 158 pound-feet of torque.

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Toyota notes that it retuned the suspension, hopefully making for even better handling.

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The FR-S, and now the 86, is not about power, but about engagement through nimble handling.

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As a 2+2 seat coupe, the 86's practicality is limited.

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The wide haunches on the 86 contribute to the sporty look.

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The sharkfin antenna, for satellite and terrestrial radio, comes standard.

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Toyota notes that it fitted the new 86 with LED taillights.

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Toyota does a nice job of integrating the exhaust tips with the rear fascia.

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The 86 sports twin exhaust pipes.

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Beyond the interior 86 badging, there isn't much difference in the cabin from the former FR-S.

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Toyota keeps the dashboard relatively uncomplicated.

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The six-speed manual transmission delivers satisfying shift action.

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Sport seats offer light bolstering.

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The steering of the FR-S was very quick and responsive, a trait we can hope is retained in the 86.

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The 86 badge sits proudly on the steering wheel.

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Showing its sports car character, the tachometer sits front and center.

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