The new GT86 is definitely a facelift rather than a new design but, unlike a lot of facelifts in the 21st century that seem to barely breathe on the exterior of the car, the Toyota’s update has made a noticeable difference. At the front the ‘mouth’ is now much more aggressive, putting more distinction between the GT86 and its Subaru BRZ brother. The grille has widened, swallowing up the area that previously held the fog lights, which have migrated further outboard and now sit behind three strakes just in front of the front wheel arches. The headlights have also stretched, piercing more into the nose of the little Toyota, and giving it a more purposeful look. Whether it’s a better look will be subjective; it’s definitely a more fussy design, but that brings a new aggression, that may have lacked in the original design.
At the rear, the overall look stays the same, but Toyota have pressed the delete button on the small rear wing. We reckon it makes the back look more coherent and, unlike the front, less fussy. The boot lid gently rises from the rear window to complete a curve that begins in the shape of the rear wheel arches. Beyond that, only the lights have noticeably changed, again for the better. Inside the GT86 looks largely the same, but there’s some more alcantara and the addition of digital readouts on the dash, bringing some much-needed mod-cons to an interior that originally lacked tech.