As we reported earlier this month, the Scion FR-S/Toyota GT 86 has some big changes in store.
As a part of its mid-life update, Toyota plans to release turbo, sedan, and all-wheel drive hybrid models of the FR-S in 2016. Turbo models, eventually both sedans and coupes, will feature a 295-horsepower direct injection boxer engine. Hybrid models (sedan only) will have a naturally-aspirated boxer engine powering the rear wheels, but will also carry electric motors for the front, providing AWD traction.
Before then, though, Toyota is planning new tweaks to keep the FR-S fresh.
According to a report by Autoblog, the rear-wheel-drive sensation will receive suspension and appearance revisions for 2015.
Most important for performance enthusiasts will be the suspension upgrades, which will include a tighter, more rigid setup in the front, as well as revised shock absorbers in the rear. The result, according to Toyota, will be a reduction in body roll as well as improved driver feedback in the cabin.
A new shark-like antenna will adorn the roof of the car, and flush-mounted, larger exhaust pipes will ornament the back of the vehicle.
The interior will have some new toys as well. The central panels will be garnished with a carbon fiber-like material, and the headlights will now be automatic. If none of that sells you on a new FR-S, we have reports that there will be a new key design. So there’s that.
Even with all these improvements, the 2015 model will cost a mere $400 dollars more than its predecessor, keeping the FR-S’ fun-per-d0llar ratio quite high. It starts at $24,900.
Also getting a facelift for 2015 will be the Scion tC, an Avensis-based sport compact coupe. The new version will have paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel (automatic only), and will also be offered in two new colors: Blizzard Pearl and Cosmic Gray.
Good news for tC fans (we know there are some of you out there): the 2015 model will see no price increase over the 2014. It starts at $19,210.