• 2015 Toyota GT 86 Primo

    Hey look, a new GT 86... Still the same old 2.0-liter engine though. At least this one's cheaper though.

Although it has yet to introduce a much-needed engine upgrade for the GT 86, you have to give Toyota some credit for rolling out new models and trim levels, and even a rally car for the 2015 model year. The most enticing iteration so far seems to be the 14R60, a lighter and aerodynamically enhanced version of the GT 86, but Toyota is also interested in expanding the coupe’s popularity by adding more affordable models to the lineup. As a result, the GT 86 Primo was created; a more accessible sports car that will sit at the bottom of the range. That’s good news for sports car enthusiasts all over the world, but somewhat of a letdown for anyone not living in the United Kingdom.

You guessed it, the GT 86 Primo is exclusive to the British market and there’s no word on whether or not the Scion FR-S will get a similar version in the United States anytime soon. Keep your fingers crossed for that to happen sooner than later and read on to find out more about the new base model of the GT 86 lineup.

Click past the jump to read more about the Toyota GT 86 Primo.

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Toyota GT 86 Primo in detail

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On the other hand, the Primo misses premium features such as keyless entry, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, HID headlamps, and LED daytime running lights.

Described as the "pure bred" model of the GT 86 lineup, the Primo retains a large number of amenities and accessories coming with the regular sports car, with a couple of goodies on top. Customers will get 17-inch alloy wheels, a limited-slip differential, aluminum pedals, air conditioning, a tire-pressure monitoring system and Toyota’s touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity. On the other hand, the Primo misses premium features such as keyless entry, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, HID headlamps, and LED daytime running lights.

Power is provided by the same 2.0-liter, flat-four rated at 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, but unlike the regular GT 86, the Primo is available with a six-speed manual transmission only. You can see why the Primo is more of a driver’s GT 86 than many of its siblings. Pricing for the Primo is set at £22,995 ($36,884 as of 10/22/2014), which is a £2,500 ($4,010) reduction from the regular GT 86. Early customers will benefit from a £500 ($802) discount that lowers the sticker down to £22,495 ($36,112). British deliveries of the GT 86 Primo commence in January 2015.

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The Toyota GT 86 made its public debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, later being joined by its Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S twins. Developed in conjunction with Subaru, the GT 86 has its design created by Toyota, with the engineering done by Suby.

The much-anticipated sports car was launched with a 2.0-liter, boxer engine under the hood, a feat that remained unchanged since then. The coupe is motivated by 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic routing the oomph to the pavement. When equipped with the former, the GT86 sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds, while the autobox version needs 8.2 seconds to reach the same benchmark.

The GT 86 can be had in the United States with either Subaru or Scion badges. the BRZ is priced from $27,395, while the FR-S is a tad at $25,470.

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Press Release

Toyota’s globally acclaimed GT86 is undergoing its most significant series of changes since launch in 2012. Rest assured, though, that while there’s a new, more extensive range of models on offer, the fundamental performance and handling qualities that define the coupe remain intact: this is still a car that is all about the pure pleasure of driving.

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New model range
To make the special rewards of GT86 accessible to an even wider audience, Toyota has created a new UK model range, with a lower entry price and more choice.

All versions retain the original’s winning combination of a front-mounted normally aspirated 2.0-litre “boxer” engine with rear wheel drive, together with a well-balanced chassis with a low centre of gravity.

Likewise, across the board GT86 comes with a smart new shark fin roof antenna, tyre pressure warning system and carbon fibre-effect finish for the instrument panel.

The new starting point is Primo, a pure-bred GT86 that comes with 17-inch alloys, limited-slip differential, aluminium sports pedals, air conditioning, power-folding door mirrors, front fog lamps, twin tailpipes, the Toyota Touch multimedia system, Bluetooth and a new tyre pressure monitoring system. Available exclusively with manual transmission, the new GT86 Primo is available to order now, with customer deliveries from January.

The official on-the-road price for GT86 Primo is £22,995, cutting the cost of getting behind the wheel of a new GT86 by £2,115. Early-bird customers can take advantage of an additional £500 saving on the model, for a limited period.

The classic GT86 remains at the heart of the range. Additional features (compared to the Primo specification) include a rear spoiler, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, dusk-sensing HID headlights, LED daytime running lights and the option of automatic transmission.

The new GT86 Aero introduces a striking body kit, with large rear spoiler and front, side and rear skirts. The impactful look is topped off with a set of 18-inch OZ Ultraleggera alloy wheels with an anthracite grey finish.

These core models are joined by a new special edition GT86 Giallo which adds extra style with special Giallo Edition black leather seats (heated for the driver and front passenger), a black GT86 side decal, gloss black door mirror housings and vibrant Giallo yellow metallic paintwork. Customers can also add optional single-stripe bonnet, roof and boot decals at no extra cost. Just 86 examples are available for UK customers, each one individually numbered.

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Toyota has created a new Carbon Pack, available for all versions of GT86. It adds carbon-effect door mirror covers and rear bumper protection plate, plus rear parking sensors.

Music quality on board can be pumped up with the addition of a JBL Pack, comprising nine speakers and a 440W DSP amplifier.

The Toyota Touch multimedia system can be upgraded to Toyota Touch with Go to provide satellite navigation, controlled using the centrally mounted 6.1-inch touchscreen display.

The GT86 and GT86 Primo can be specified with black or silver twin-line side, bonnet, roof and boot decals, while combination leather and Alcantara seats with front seat heaters are available for the GT86 and GT86 Aero models. Full leather seat upholstery is also available, for all models apart from Giallo.

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