Toyota 86 review
Toyota 86 is not a malfunction in the matrix, it has made a hole in the texture of space and time. Okay, it’s not very big, but for Toyota, almost nowhere, to produce a new sports car that is not a front-driver with a cool body but does not have much substance … good, great. great. Since GFC, we have only seen a hatchback and an SUV that is worth it when it gets through a long storm. But surprisingly, the fun was back on the menu at Toyota.
Certainly, the Japanese giant needs some encouragement, and that comes in the form of a joint venture with Subaru. Together they created the first proper rear-wheel drive sports car out of Japan since the death of Nissan’s supercapacity, 200SX madcap and Honda’s S2000 banana. And the first affordable sports car since, well, the MX-5.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 7/10
The 86 has looked pretty good from day one, but as a sports car, it attracts ordinary fans and detractors. The lovely long, low bonnet follows courtesy of the ‘horizontal’ opposing engine, which can sit lower in the car, meaning everything can sit near the deck, including you . It was a small car and although I drove a few of them, when I met again, I would always be surprised to be reminded of how small it was.
It’s so small that in the 16s or 17s, it never looked like a wheel, even though the dull 16s have been with us five years since its debut. Perhaps, like the stereo, Toyota expects owners to spend money on wheels and tires elsewhere, so don’t bother to change them. For the MY17 update, the front and rear bumpers are adjusted to give a more organic feel, the badges are moved around and the LED headlights become standard across the range.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
If your only requirement is the ability to hang four wheels and tires in the back with the seats down, you’ve come to the right place. For such a small car, there’s a reasonable space for front-seat passengers, once again our Tim Robson, a tall, fit unit that is quite happy.
The back seat is a completely different story. The back seat is no more than a glorified parcel shelf. You can force small children there and a forward-facing car seat will come in. The opposite ones behind are quite fitting, so the front seats will have to go forward to make room.
Front-seat passengers have a few slots and trays for their odds and ends and a detachable cupholder unit into the center console to hold two cups. Each door will hold a bottle.
The boot contains a space-saving spare tire and with the seat up will hold 237 liters of cargo, neither surprising nor awful, comparable to a small hatchback.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
GT opens the range at $ 30,790 for the manual and $ 33,090 for the car. Prices have increased with the MY17 update, but at the same time, Toyota has thrown a few more bits as a sweetener to ease the admitted soft blow in the range of $ 500 to $ 800. It’s still a bargain, cheaper than the Mazda MX-5 (which itself has become a lot cheaper after several years since its launch in 86) and the sister car Subaru BRZ.
Standard is 16-inch alloys, limited-slip differential, LED headlights and running lights, reversing camera, 6.1-inch screen, power windows and mirrors, six-speaker stereo with Bluetooth and USB, remote Cruise control and fabric decoration.
There is a third specification level in the 86 range, but it requires a bit of acrobatics and some commitment to racing.
The second level of travel range is the GTS, starting at $ 36,490 for the manual (the most common single model) and $ 38,790 for the car. For the base model, you can add bigger wheels at 17 inches, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, dual-zone climate control, convenient new information display in the dashboard, safety glasses security, heated front seats, stereo controls on the steering wheel, no need for entry key and start, Alcantara decorating inserts and sat navigation with SUNA traffic information.
The 6.1-inch screen is a shock – terrible graphics, small goals for both small fingers and when you add sat nav, the clutter is almost unbearable. It’s a lazy choice and from any other carmaker that you say “they’re expecting you to tear it up” but almost every Toyota has such terrible software, the Japanese company resolutely against Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Yes, you can detach it and replace it because it is a dual DIN unit, but still.
You can choose from seven colors in 86 – Storm Black, Gravity Blue, Tornado Gray, Velocity Orange, Ice Silver and White Liquid, all for an additional $ 450. Ignition Red is the only free software.
There is a third specification level in the 86 range, but it requires a bit of acrobatics and some commitment to racing. If you can get an update before MY17 (new, used, statically removed – no need to be fancy) and add $ 25,000, you can get T86RS ready for your own race. Another big twenty-five buys you a spare box from Toyota’s long-standing racing legend, Neal Bates Motorsport.
As always, a 2.0-liter boxer derived from the Subaru four lives under the bonnet.
Seats, carpets and various decorations are clicked, a newly bolted rear spoiler and a safety cage bolted and welded. There’s a new seat, more meaty clutch, bigger brakes, racing straps and a set of 18-inch wheels. The instrument pack is interchangeable for a Wodonga digital MoTec and DMS unit that offers a series of new shocks to enhance the suspension tone.
The powertrain is maintained as long as the manual, with the MoTec computer keeps everything steady and the new exhaust makes everything bigger. Our Tim Robson says you can have a ready car race if you do the conversion yourself for around $ 40,000. Find $ 1500 more per race to join the race sequence (then, you know, get Expedia’s license) and $ 1200 per round for tires, and you’re ready to go.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 7/10
As always, a 2.0-liter boxer derived from the Subaru four lives under the bonnet. In manual form, it produces 152kW and 212Nm, both of which are high in the rev range.
Sadly, the six-speed automatic goes without a bit of power, sticking with the old 148kW / 205Nm adjustment state from its 2012 debut.
86 is all about the drive. The engine is a little husky, especially when it’s cold and there’s no big problem in how to kill the sound.
The power reaches the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual gearbox and limited slip differential, from November 2016 with a shorter ratio of 4.3: 1 for the manual.
There is no common problem with the boxers of 86 and the engine is driven by the time series rather than the timing belt, meaning low servicing costs and long-term ownership. The manual transmission does not seem to suffer from any common complaints or problems, and the automatic transmission seems to be similarly reliable.
How much fuel does it consume? 8/10
Claimed fuel consumption figures have increased from 7.8L / 100km to 8.4L / 100km for the 2017 model.
Recent tests by the CarsGuide team included 8.4 liters / 100km of Malcolm Flynn in manual GT and Tim Robson’s 10.1L / 100km in GTS. 86 likes good things (Premium 98RON unleaded), so it’s nice to see it can come close to its required number (though all bets are off when you join a match).
What does it like to drive? 8/10
86 is all about the drive. The engine is a little husky, especially when it’s cold and there is not much attention in the way of reducing the sound or giving infinite attention to noise, vibration and harshness. You had to adjust the engine (FA20), because all the power and torque increased over 6000 rpm and sometimes bounced back through the shell. However, you will not care because you will have too much fun.
The MY17 update is all about detailed changes. Many spot welds, stiffer rear bodies, new springs and shock absorbers and a revised multi-mode stability and traction control system. That means the ride at the back is a bit softer but because the car itself is stiffer, it still has everything that makes it great. Steering is still a fun filled sensation, letting you know everything about the road and allowing you to slide the car around with great abandon. You can take the time to do that, switch between modes.