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Toyota 86 updated in Australia, standard LSD for auto GT

September 26, 2013

Toyota Australia has announced some revisions to the popular Toyota 86 sports coupe. The main update is the introduction of a Torsen limited-slip differential (LSD), now fitted as standard to the base model GT automatic.

Toyota 86 GT

The LSD is already fitted to the top-line GTS manual and auto, and the GT manual. It adds $300 to the price tag, meanwhile, the entry level GT manual remains at the same competitive price point of $29,990.

Up at the top end of the range, the GTS versions now come equipped with a rear spoiler as standard, adding $500 to the original price tag.

After taking in a lot of feedback from customers, Toyota says the changes allow auto GT buyers to experience the same dynamic properties as the manual buyers. Toyota says customers also wanted the GTS to have more of a visual distinction to the GT.

So far, the Toyota 86 has been Australia’s most popular sports car in the under $80,000 segment. Sales have topped 4802 this year, easily outselling its nearest rival, the Hyundai Veloster, which has gone to 2686 buyers.

Equipment and features are carried over from the existing range, with standard items such as cruise control, air-conditioning, a multi-format audio system, 16-inch alloy wheels (GT), and a five-mode stability control system with traction control.

Prices for the updated model are as follows (excluding on-road costs):

GT manual – $29,990 (no change)
GT auto – $32,790 (up $300)
GTS manual – $35,990 (up $500)
GTS auto – $38,490 (up $500)

Options (no change):
Metallic paint – $425
Aero pack – $3000 (GTS only).

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.