2016 New York Preview: Scion’s lovely FR-S sports coupe ultimately gets the Toyota 86 name it deserves in the US

2016 New York - 2016 Toyota 86

1 of the much more notable marketing and advertising fails that in the end and probably led to the death of Scion was Toyota&#8217s decision to name the excellent GT86 rear-wheel drive sports coupe, the Scion FR-S.

By then, Scion more or much less lost whatever credibility they had with the slowing momentum of the tC&#8217s initial success. Element of Toyota&#8217s program to name the GT86 the Scion FR-S in the US was to assist and attempt inject a lot more life and recognition into the brand, but it simply wasn&#8217t enough. There&#8217s a probably chance the FR-S didn&#8217t sell really as effectively, basically because it was badged as a Scion, rather than a Toyota, which strikes back to the times of the 86 nameplate&#8217s greatness.

Now that Scion is on its way out, that doesn&#8217t mean the FR-S is as effectively. As an alternative, Toyota&#8217s 86&#8217ing the FR-S name and rebadging it as the Toyota 86 here in America, providing it the name it&#8217s deserved all along.

That&#8217s not all even so as Toyota also decided to squeeze some more power out of the 2.0L flat-4. Yup, you read properly, much more power, for a auto that really didn&#8217t need it.

Ok, no, it doesn&#8217t get a turbo motor. But it does get 5 further horses to play with, bringing the total quantity up to 205hp with torque slightly following behind as nicely with a bump to 156 lb-ft.

The Toyota 86 will also achieve a visual facelift for its introduction, providing the vehicle a fresh new look.

Just from the truth alone that it&#8217s now becoming named the Toyota 86 in the US raises its appeal. And we can&#8217t wait to drive it.

&#8211 By: Chris Chin


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