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The 2017 Toyota 86 has been revealed ahead of its official launch at next week's New York motor show.The mid-life update to Australia's most popular sports car carries a host of exterior changes, minor interior revisions and a small increase in power and torque. From the outside there is a revised front bumper that houses a larger grille, which Toyota says emphasises the 86's low and wide stance. Meanwhile, the rear bumper is all new, incorporating restyled LED tail-lights. Revised LED headlights, with a new indicator design, now sits above a modified fog-light bezel, while the factory alloy wheel design has also been updated. Toyota designers have shifted the rear-wheel-drive sports car's fender-vent logo to lower on the front guard in the form of its own stand-alone badge. Further logos have also been added to inside the front headlights.
On the engineering side, Toyota has revised the 86's suspension, focusing on improved shock absorber and spring rates, while adding hill-start assist to manuals models. Automatic models remain unchanged in terms of power output at 147kW and 205Nm, however, manual variants have had an increase of roughly 4kW and 9Nm as well as changes to the gear ratio, bringing their new output to 151kW and 214Nm. Toyota Australia says these new power figures from the naturally aspirated 2.0-litre 'Boxer' engine are yet to be confirmed for local models. The interior of the base Toyota 86 GT remains unchanged, however, buyers of the top-spec GTS will see changes to the steering wheel - now finally incorporating audio controls - as well as new seating material with silver stitching. The instrument panel also gains a new soft-feel 'Grandlux' material, embossed with the 86 logo, with the material also flowing onto the door trims. Since the Toyota 86 went on sale in Australia in June 2012, the Japanese company has sold a staggering 16,456 units in Australia, making the model the consistent front runner in the local sports car segment. Toyota Australia sales and marketing executive director Tony Cramb said the sales performance of the 86 has made it a phenomenal success, adding, This 86 update is sure to add further fuel to that fire. "The new 2017 Toyota 86 will go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year, though, Toyota Australia has yet to confirm whether the model's current pricing structure will remain in place when the new car arrives.
An updated, or possibly a limited-edition version, of the Nissan GT-R has been teased ahead of the New York motorshow, which starts next week. Overnight, the company released an animated image of the GT-R's rear being gradually illuminated by the car's signature afterburner tail-lights. Aside from the teaser image (above), Nissan hasn't provided any further details about its Big Apple debutante. It's safe to assume, though, that it will either be an updated version of the current R35 GT-R or a special-edition version based on it. Last year, Nismo boss Hiroshi Tamurae told us that a new-generation version of Nissan's supercar won't surface until 2020 at the earliest. The company's head of design, Shiro Nakamura, told CarAdvice in the middle of 2015 that while there isn't much more straight-line speed that can be wrung out of the current-generation coupe, revisions can be made to its ride and handling.He also stated that the company was planning to introduce a minor styling update, "very shortly".
Above: Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo
At the 2015 SEMA show in Las Vegas, the company debuted the Nissan GT-R Nismo N-Attack Package. Only sold in the US and Japan, the N-Attack features components used by the company to set the GT-R's 7 minutes 8.679 seconds lap time around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. In 2014, the company launched the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo, a vehicle that's widely rumoured to provide clues about the next-generation GT-R. Reports have indicated that the next GT-R will use a version of the new 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 that made its debut powering the oddly styled and configured GT-R LM Nismo Le Mans race car. There have also been hints that the next-gen GT-R will incorporate hybrid elements into its drivetrain.
Australian pricing for the 2017 Honda NSX hybrid sports coupe is yet to be confirmed, but buyers who are expecting a bargain from the Japanese brand had better think again. The Honda NSXs advanced drivetrain includes a longitudinally mounted twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine producing 373kW and 550Nm behind the seats. Its teamed to a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, as well as a 148Nm electric motor intended to remove lag by delivering power immediately to the rear wheels. Both front wheels have their own 73Nm electric motor, which allows low-speed pure-electric operation (thanks to the lithium-ion battery pack nestled in the chassis). Honda claims a total system output of 427kW and 646Nm. Enticing, right? But those aren't the only big numbers that will likely be associated with the new NSX.
Honda Australia director Stephen Collins told CarAdvice at a media event this week that the local price of the new Honda NSX which is priced from US$156,000 in the US and 130,000 in the UK hasn't been confirmed yet. But he said the new model will be positioned at the very premium end and it will be very premium. When asked if he had locked down a price for the NSX yet, Collins said no. I would expect that in the next month or so we will be in a position to get pretty close to finalising the NSX price. We already know that the price has been announced in the US and in Europe, he said, indicating the new model would be similarly positioned here. Converted, the price is roughly $207,000 before you consider our small market and the cash-grabbing Luxury Car Tax.
Were getting close, he said.Weve already announced the five dealers that will be selling the car. That will start the pre-order process, Collins said.At this stage we've asked dealers not to take orders, but I am aware of a number of dealers who are holding some orders. How many? Im not sure. But that will start the formal pre-sale process. I expect we will have the cars literally on the ground, in showrooms, delivering them to customers by November.The NSX will be followed by the tenth-generation Honda Civic Type R a hot hatch with proper credentials, according to Collins, and one that will be positioned at a far more attainable level.
Our goal will be to make the Type R very good value for money. I dont know how much volume we will do, but I think it will be an absolute leader in the hot-hatch segment, he said.Collins gave little away about other sporty models from the brand presumably because theres not much to add, despite fellow Japanese brands nailing the affordable sports car brief: think about the Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ and WRX, and Mazda MX-5. Would we like more sporty cars and more sports cars in our range? Absolutely. And if there are more sports cars available to us, then we would put up our hand for those, he said. But I believe that in the medium term, NSX and Type R will start to really deliver that sportiness back to our brand, Collins said.Note: US market Acura NSX seen in these images for illustration purposes only.