86, BRZ spruce up

Model year 2018 Toybaru twins score chassis goodies

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IN A slightly confusing move, Subaru and Toyotas’ limited edition BRZ and 86 models have now made their way onto their regular price lists for the 2018 model year.

If you were one of the 60 customers who forked out $41,490 for one of Toyota’s hi-viz 86 Limited Edition models, you might be slightly miffed that that car’s upgrades – Sachs dampers, 17-inch 10-spoke wheels and Brembo brakes – are now available for all 86 models for a very reasonable premium of $2200 on the GTS and $2900 on the GT.

GT variants also now include satellite navigation as standard and both models benefit from an updated infotainment system with Toyota Link, though prices have risen by $650 and $150 for the GT and GTS respectively.

Subaru has taken a slightly different tack to offering essentially the same package by introducing a new range-topping model called the BRZ tS. It uses the same Sachs dampers and Brembo brakes as the 86 performance pack but adds STI coil springs, 18-inch STI wheels wrapped in high-performance Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, chassis bracing, unique front bar and red interior highlights for $39,894 (manual) or $41,894 (auto).

The tyre fitment is particularly interesting, as it marks the first time one of the Toybaru models have been offered in standard form with a high performance tyre, rather than the low-grip eco tyres usually fitted.

In addition, all BRZ models now include a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment unit including sat-nav and smartphone mirroring.

Toyota 86 sales are down 21.5 per cent year-to-date as of November 2017, whereas the BRZ has had a great year with 2017 sales of 708 up over 180 per cent on 2016.