A new aerodynamics package has been revealed for the Toyota 86, which its maker says reduces drag and introduces increased handling stability.
The new rear-wheel-drive sports car is now officially on sale after its high-profile media launch earlier in June, when a stunning $29,990 starting price was announced for the Toyota 86.
The new aero package, however, is available only on the higher-spec GTS variant, and asks $3000 on top of the coupe’s $35,490 price tag.
A large rear wing ensures there will be no mistaking a Toyota 86 fitted with the optional aero package. Toyota says the spoiler, which features horizontal winglets and matches the selected body colour except for a black central section, generates extra amounts of downforce to push the sports car to the ground under cornering loads.
At the front, the black hexagonal grille is joined by black vertical fins either side to control the air passing through, and the revised front bumper section is completed with ‘canard’ wings ahead of the front wheels that, says Toyota, contribute to handling stability.
The side skirts also gain a more pronounced shape and include a more rounded leading edge to aid airflow away from the front wheelarch.
Toyota says the reprofiled rear bumper is more effective at managing air turbelance from the front as well as helping to better disperse air being funnelled from beneath the car.
There are no changes to the Toyota 86’s slippery 0.27 co-efficient of drag figure despite the aerodynamic additions.
The Toyota 86 is priced from $29,990 for a GT that mates a six-speed manual gearbox to the sports car’s 147kW 2.0-litre flat four-cylinder engine. A six-speed auto with paddle shift levers costs an additional $2500.
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