Toyota offers restoration menu for original 86
Toyota is offering owners of early 86 coupes a choice of restoration plans to bring their cars back to tip-top mechanical condition. The “86 Refresh Service” has five different levels for the much-loved sports car that made its debut in 2012.
The 2+2 jointly developed by Toyota with Subaru quickly gained a reputation for being a hugely entertaining drivers’ car with its compact boxer engine giving it a low center of gravity and agile handling. Its 204 horsepower wasn’t overwhelming but the 86 and its BRZ equivalent were shod with relatively narrow tyres so keen drivers could enjoy exploiting it on the edge of adhesion at lower speeds. Given how the car encouraged such antics it’s no wonder that Toyota thinks many will now be due a mechanical overhaul, and the service covers cars first generation cars built from 2012-2016.
First up is an engine refresh which cleans the inside of the two-liter motor and replaces ignition components if required. The next two services focus on the perishable rubber mounts for engine and transmission mounts, and suspension bushings. Stage four swaps out the shocks and, finally, stage five concentrates on braking performance, with pads and discs being replaced as necessary.
Owners can opt for any or all of the different service levels depending on the condition of their cars. The “86 Refresh Service” is only available in Japan at the moment, and if you were to go the whole hog and book in all five levels it would set you back the equivalent of $4500.