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Toyota 86 gains performance, drops former Scion branding

When Toyota transition its Scion FR-S to the 2017 86 model, it improved performance and cabin comfort.

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Toyota developed and launched its 86 model in conjunction with Subaru and sold it in the US under the Scion brand as the FR-S. When Toyota retired the Scion brand last year, the FR-S became the 86, the name the model uses in other markets.

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The 86 is a coupe with 2+2 seating, in a front engine/rear-wheel-drive format.

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From the start, the 86 was known for very nimble handling, and the 2017 model improves on that.

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For 2017, Toyota gives the car a wider front intake and standard LED headlights.

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Eighteen-inch TRD wheels are among the available performance accessories.

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Other TRD accessories include lowering springs, sport exhaust and a performance air intake.

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With a MacPherson strut in front and double wishbone suspension at the rear, the 86 remains nimble while offering a surprisingly pliant ride.

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LED taillights come standard.

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The two-liter four-cylinder engine uses flat four arrangement, and get a combination port-direct injection fuel delivery system to maximize performance.

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The front seats are reasonably comfortable and access is good, but the rear seat is minimal.

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Toyota offers the 86 as a single spec, with no factory options beyond the choice between manual or automatic transmission.

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Not everyone likes electric power steering, but it works very well in the 86.

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The instrument cluster puts the tachometer up front, in traditional sport car fashion.

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