As a result of a collaborative effort between the two Japanese automaker giants, Subaru and Toyota, the 86 was born. The 86 is Toyota’s version of that collaborative feat, with the BRZ being the alternate Subaru version. Designed as a sports coupe, the 86 layout boasts a superb power-to-weight ratio, adding up to its famed high levels of agility on the road, more so on the track.
Under the hood, it is equipped with a Subaru-derived 2.0L normally-aspirated 4-cylinder 200 hp boxer engine and Toyota’s performance-oriented D4-S fuel injection system. It is then mated to either 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
The 86 definitely made a lasting impression in the Philippines among our fellow Filipino car enthusiasts. The new 86 was tweaked aesthetically, featuring a wider grille, revamped bumper, new fog lamps, and redesigned tail lights. It's also equipped with a capacitive touchscreen head unit with smartphone mirror link via WiFi function.
With the recent disbandment of Scion (Toyota’s marque), not all will be lost particularly its FR-S sports coupe. It will simply emerge as the Toyota 86 we all know locally and will mark its debut come the 2016 New York Auto Show.
Toyota Australia has revealed a station wagon version of the 86 sports car dubbed as the 86 Shooting Brake concept. The prototype was conceived in Melbourne and hand-built in Japan under the direction of the global sports car division.
In the 1980s, Toyota launched the Corolla Trueno – also known as the AE86 – which later starred in the hit Japanese car racing manga Initial D. Its appearance in the comic book further launched the vehicle into fame and gave it a cult following. To honor this, the Japanese brand re-imagined its “spiritual successor”, the GT86, in its famous livery and body kit to match its predecessor.