Rest assured, though, that while there’s a new, more extensive range of models on offer, the fundamental performance and handling qualities that define the coupe remain intact
To make the special rewards of GT86 accessible to an even wider audience, Toyota has created a new UK model range, with a lower entry price and more choice.
All versions retain the original’s winning combination of a front-mounted normally aspirated 2.0-litre “boxer” engine with rear wheel drive, together with a well-balanced chassis with a low centre of gravity.
Likewise, across the board GT86 comes with a smart new shark fin roof antenna, tyre pressure warning system and carbon fibre-effect finish for the instrument panel.
The new starting point is Primo, a pure-bred GT86 that comes with 17-inch alloys, limited-slip differential, aluminium sports pedals, air conditioning, power-folding door mirrors, front fog lamps, twin tailpipes, the Toyota Touch multimedia system, Bluetooth and a new tyre pressure monitoring system. Available exclusively with manual transmission, the new GT86 Primo is available to order now, with customer deliveries from January.
The official on-the-road price for GT86 Primo is £22,995, cutting the cost of getting behind the wheel of a new GT86 by £2,115. Early-bird customers can take advantage of an additional £500 saving on the model, for a limited period.
The classic GT86 remains at the heart of the range. Additional features (compared to the Primo specification) include a rear spoiler, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, dusk-sensing HID headlights, LED daytime running lights and the option of automatic transmission.
The new GT86 Aero introduces a striking body kit, with large rear spoiler and front, side and rear skirts. The impactful look is topped off with a set of 18-inch OZ Ultraleggera alloy wheels with an anthracite grey finish.
These core models are joined by a new special edition GT86 Giallo which adds extra style with special Giallo Edition black leather seats (heated for the driver and front passenger), a black GT86 side decal, gloss black door mirror housings and vibrant Giallo yellow metallic paintwork. Customers can also add optional single-stripe bonnet, roof and boot decals at no extra cost. Just 86 examples are available for UK customers, each one individually numbered.
Toyota has created a new Carbon Pack, available for all versions of GT86. It adds carbon-effect door mirror covers and rear bumper protection plate, plus rear parking sensors.
Music quality on board can be pumped up with the addition of a JBL Pack, comprising nine speakers and a 440W DSP amplifier.
The Toyota Touch multimedia system can be upgraded to Toyota Touch with Go to provide satellite navigation, controlled using the centrally mounted 6.1-inch touchscreen display.
The GT86 and GT86 Primo can be specified with black or silver twin-line side, bonnet, roof and boot decals, while combination leather and Alcantara seats with front seat heaters are available for the GT86 and GT86 Aero models. Full leather seat upholstery is also available, for all models apart from Giallo.