Toyota may have made the suspension of its facelifted 86 range softer than before, however a new Toyota Racing Development (TRD) package has now also been released to stiffen and lower the chassis for more dynamic handling.
Thanks to an increase in body rigidity, Toyota was able to soften the dampers of the 2017 86 in order to improve its ride quality without impacting on the outgoing model’s handling.
Above the standard car, though, a new TRD Lowering Spring Set is now available that claims to “offer a more aggressive stance as well as a lower centre of gravity.”
Priced at $414 plus dealer fitting, the Big-T-approved kit is claimed to also improve steering response and deliver a “more raw” driving experience.
Buyers are recommended to pick the spring set in conjunction with an even more expensive TRD Sway Bar priced at $740 plus dealer fitting. According to the brand it “will help reduce bodyroll during hard cornering, improving handling and grip.”
“By transferring the force from the outer to inner spring it ensures an equal compression during cornering, therefore reducing roll,” it explained.
The chassis modifications are also available in conjunction with larger 18-inch TRD alloy wheels, replacing the 16in and 17in rims on the GT and GTS respectively, at a cost of $1760 plus tyres and fitting.
On a $30,790 (plus on-road costs) 86 GT, the upgrades ask for just under $3000 before fitment costs are applied.
Toyota Australia points out that although the TRD chassis accessories have been released with the facelifted 86 range, the additions are compatible with every 86 launched since 2012 as an opportunity for the 18,000-plus local owners to upgrade their vehicle.