The top range 86 does have a more cheerful interior compared to the base manual model being offered in the UAE. The basic manual does not come with the leather seats, key-less ignition, colorful gauge cluster, digital speedometer, frame-less rear view mirror or dual zone a/c with the fancy switches, to name a few.
You can spot the differences between the two in the below photos and I have to say there is not much of a massive change.
The curiosity starts when you take a look at the top range interior pictured below, bathed with red leather. This interior is offered in perhaps all markets except ours and you can notice that the insides of the top range 86, in our previous review, being offered here are different. The top range model sold in the UAE comes with black-orange leather seats and lacks any themes similar to the one in the below picture. The question is how come and where did these seats come from?
Other real awkward bits are the lack of a central arm rest, dull base model gauge cluster and the abundance of hard plastics in the interior which could put off the average car buyer but we know that this car is not built for the Average Joe.
Nevertheless, the 86 interior’s ultimate strengths are far less tangible matters such as those supportive seats and the perfect driving position.
Personally, I can tolerate the cost cutting involved in the 86, that reaches utilitarian extents, because that all the money is definitely thrown on such a good chassis but I would not fancy the idea of dumping AED 125K on the 86.
Later I discover that my argument failed miserably seeing that plenty of folks did actually purchase the top range model as much as people bought the base model.