The new name is accompanied by a minor face lift. The 86 receives new-look headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, and a redesigned front bumper with a wider air dam that emphasizes the coupe's width. Out back, the updates are limited to refreshed LED tail lamps and a subtly re-shaped bumper. The cabin receives soft-touch material on the dashboard and on the door panels, and silver contrast stitching on the seats.
Enthusiasts hoping to find a massive turbo or a state-of-the-art hybrid system under the hood will be disappointed. The 86 carries on with a 2.0-liter flat-four engine, though Toyota has bumped its output up to 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque, increases of merely five horsepower and five pound-feet of torque over the outgoing model. The Japanese car maker promises that new gear ratios help boost performance, but acceleration figures haven't been published yet.
Rear-wheel drive and an enthusiast-approved six-speed manual transmission come standard, and a six-speed automatic unit with shift paddles is offered at an extra cost. Finally, Toyota has tweaked the suspension to further improve handling, one of the FR-S's biggest strong points.