toyota 86

 

Specs:

  • JDM Engine Option: 0L 4U-GSE / FA20 H4
  • Fuel Consumption:
  • Curb Weight: 1,190 – 1298 kg
  • Size: L 4,240 mm x W  1,775 mm x H 1,285 mm

 The Good 

The successor to the legendary AE86 had very big shoes to fill. Luckily, it does it quite well.  Its very beautiful design first saw the sunlight on January 2012, in the Gunma Area, Japan. One general thing that we loved about the 86 is that even though it’s a modern sports car with ESP and electric power steering, it feels very analog. When you drive it, you feel it comes a bit alive and the roar from the exhaust does nothing more the amplify this feeling.

Weight balance is 53% in the front and 47% in the rear. Because the engine is a boxer unit, this means that it sits lower, giving the car a low center of gravity.

This awesome engine churns out about 200 bhp. Not a particularly high figure, but more than enough to enjoy the Toyota 86 to its max capacity. The engine is a joint venture between Subaru and Toyota, using the boxer design and Toyota’s D-4S injection system.

Regarding the transmission, our personal opinion would be to go for the manual as it is and feels more of a driver’s car, but we’re not saying that there is anything wrong with the automatic version. Actually, it has quite an interesting system because it uses a traditional torque converter and with the help of some software magic it has the response of a dual clutch system.

Brakes are above average for the car, having six pot 355mm front and four pot 345mm in the rear, for the TRD edition.

The interior has a very nice overall look, reminding us a bit of the RX-8. You have a big tachometer in front of you and we must give Toyota bonus points for the GTR-style switches on the center console.

The Bad

The general bad thing for this car is that Toyota fitted Prius-like tires on it, so if you deactivate all the driving aid systems, then the car will have the tendency to oversteer and kick its tail out. Honestly, we don’t consider this as a really bad thing, as you can always buy wider and better tires, but it’s best to be warned if you feel brave.

Because it’s a joint venture car, it means that it has more names and badges. It’s also called Subaru BR-Z and it was used to be called Scion FR-S in the United States. However, because Scion doesn’t exist anymore, it went through a rebranding in August 2016. The good thing is that aside from slight front bumper modifications, the cars don’t suffer changes in the mechanics and electrics department.

The mileage isn’t really exactly what Toyota specifies in the brochure. They say you can get about 6L /100 km mixed, but not even when driving carefully, you won’t see the 86 go under 7.5 l / 100 km.

We aren’t very keen on the design of the rear lights for the pre-facelift model either. They have that clear chrome Lexus look on the, but at the moment we are just nitpicking. Still, the facelifted version corrects this.

 Conclusion

In conclusion, the 86 is a very good drivers’ car. It feels amazing behind the wheel, the seating position is excellent, the noise is good, the power is decent and for a starting price of around $28,900, we can say that it’s fairly priced.

What others say

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/ – “Competitive prices, brilliant handling, accurate steering”
http://www.whatcar.com/ – “A sharp handling sports coupe that’s well worth considering if you plan to do track days in your car.”
http://www.topgear.com/ – “The simplest and most exciting Toyota in years is also a real pleasure to drive”