The Scion FR-S is dead, long live the 2017 Toyota 86. Claiming a new badge and assuming the same name as the affordable coupe already sported outside of the US, the refreshed version of the 2-liter two-seater sticks with its winning formula. In the process, it underscores a lesson many more expensive sports cars could do worse than learn.
I had bad luck with the FR-S. Last time I was handed the keys to one, within 45 minutes a truck had driven into the side of it. That’s a shame, because it’s still one of the better designs out of Toyota’s studios in recent years. For the transition from FR-S to 86, Toyota scattered some nameplate badging around both the exterior and interior, but otherwise the main changes are shared in the mid-cycle refresh with its Subaru BRZ cousin.
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