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Toyota facelifts GT86 for 2016

A facelifted Toyota GT86 will be revealed for the first time at the New York International Auto Show next week.

The new GT86 features ‘more powerful’ styling elements, including an enlarged central air intake emphasising the coupe’s low and wide stance as well as a restyled bumper, fog light housings and LED headlamps and turn indicators. There are also newly-designed alloy wheels with twisted spokes.

On the inside, there has been a focus on improved sensory quality, says Toyota, with a new combination leather and Alcantara upholstery and Alcantara-wrapped instrument panel options. The soft-touch, suede-effect material is also featured on the door trims. A new cloth upholstery will also be available with contrast silver stitching. The sports steering wheel has a new look too, with integrated audio controls and an 86 logo on the centre boss.

The GT86’s credentials as a driver’s car are reaffirmed by suspension changes, with revised shock absorber tuning and spring rates delivering easier control and increased agility. The powertrain is unaltered, retaining the car’s front-mounted, naturally aspirated 2.0-litre “boxer” engine driving the rear wheels.

The refreshed Toyota GT86 will go on sale towards the end of this year.