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by Tim Beissmann

Base versions of the Toyota 86 now come standard with a touchscreen display and reverse-view camera, while the price of most variants in the line-up has been reduced following the introduction of Australia’s free trade agreement with Japan.

The 86 GT gains the 6.1-inch touchscreen display and camera from the high-grade GTS. Toyota claims the features add more than $1000 in value to the GT, though the price of the manual is unchanged at $29,990 before on-road costs and the automatic drops $300 to $32,490.

The touchscreen allows drivers to manage the 86’s voice recognition system, mobile phone functions, audio streaming, and USB and SD card media operation.

A full-size spare wheel can now be ordered at no extra cost, giving buyers an alternative to the tyre repair kit that is fitted standard.

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There’s no change in specification for the 86 GTS, though a $500 reduction for the manual variant (now $35,990) and $800 off the auto (now $38,490) means it’s now also better value than before.

The 2015 revisions means the 86 GT is now priced exactly as it was when it originally went on sale in 2012, while the GTS is $500 more expensive than its launch price.

Major 86 options include premium paint ($450) and an aero pack for the GTS ($3000).

There’s no change to the Toyota 86’s drivetrain, which continues to pair a 147kW/205Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with either six-speed manual or automatic transmissions that send power to the car’s rear wheels.




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