Toyota Australia has dramatically redefined the concept of an affordable sports car, with the arrival of its eagerly awaited 86 coupe.
Designed to delight driving enthusiasts, the compact and aerodynamic four-seater sports car is priced from an amazingly low $29,990.
The 86 marks a return to Toyota’s sporting roots, with the world’s only combination of a front-mounted, free-revving, horizontally opposed ‘boxer’ petrol engine and rear-wheel drive.
This unique powertrain format, combined with a compact design, light weight and a low centre of gravity, produces the best possible power-to-weight ratio.
These attributes will reward 86 owners with maximum driving pleasure – lively, accessible performance and highly engaging dynamic abilities with minimal electronic intrusion.
Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Matthew Callachor said, “The 86 is meant to be enjoyed by as many driving enthusiasts as possible, and our pricing will extend its appeal to people who never imagined they could afford such a fun car.
“Toyota has created a compact, light, basic sports car with balance and handling rated in the same league as some legendary sports cars. It is a game-changer.”
The 86 is a joint development between Toyota and Subaru, bringing together the best of each company’s technical know-how and their mutual passion for sports cars.
Toyota is offering the 86 in two grades – GT and GTS – both powered by a newly developed 2.0-litre flat-four engine that revs freely to 7,450rpm and has a high compression ratio of 12.5:1.
Toyota’s D-4S direct-injection technology increases throttle response, power and torque over a wide range of engine speeds, without sacrificing fuel efficiency and environmental performance.
Maximum power of 147kW – equivalent to 100hp per litre – and peak torque of 205Nm ensure brisk and engaging performance.
The flat-four engine combines with the lowest driver hip-point of any Toyota production vehicle, 400mm, to give the 86 an ultra-low centre of gravity of just 460mm.
Both the powertrain and driving position have been set as low and as far back as possible to optimise balance, giving the car a near-perfect 53:47 weight distribution.
Fuel economy is remarkable for a sports car – 7.8 litres/100km for manual variants – and even better for automatic versions at just 7.1 litres/100km.
CO2 emissions are 164 grams/km (auto) and 181grams/km (manual).
Comprehensive weight-saving measures, resulting in a kerb weight of just 1,222kg, have contributed to handling and economy, as well as a power-to-weight ratio of 120kW/tonne.
The Toyota-designed six-speed manual gearbox offers quick, precise shifting through closely stacked ratios and a tactile ‘flick-of-the-wrist’ short-throw lever.
A new Lexus IS-F-inspired six-speed automatic transmission, with shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel, combines direct response with an extremely fast shifting speed of only 0.2 seconds.
A blipping downshift control automatically revs the engine for extremely smooth and rapid changes down through the gears. Power is distributed to the rear wheels via a Torsen limited-slip differential (except in auto GT), optimising traction and grip under all driving conditions.
The 86 features an aerodynamic and stylish body design built around a low, highly compact chassis for optimum handling and performance.
It has a sporting stance: it is wider than a Toyota Rukus, its overall length and wheelbase are shorter than a Corolla hatch, and its roof height is lower than a three-door Yaris.
Standard equipment includes seven airbags, a five-mode stability control system, traction control, anti-skid brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, air-conditioning, CD sound system, daytime running lamps (DRLs) and a multi-information display.
The 86 GTS has 17-inch alloy wheels, a 6.1-inch display screen, satellite navigation with live traffic updates, auto-levelling HID headlamps, leather-accented front seats, dual-zone climate-control air-conditioning, aluminium pedals, LED DRLs and red stitching highlights.
The GTS is priced from $35,490. Automatic transmission costs an extra $2,500 on both grades. Toyota has enhanced the unique identity of its new sports car by creating a distinct T-mesh pattern in the front grille, door-switch base, instrument panel, meters, triangular rear-centre foglamp and spare-wheel cover.
The 86 also incorporates numerous exclusive sporting details, including a conrod motif to the HID headlamps, twin exhausts, instrument dials, air vents, gear-lever base and front wing.
To find out more or to test drive this exciting new vehicle, contact Coffs Harbour Toyota.
This story was published in issue 22 of the Coffs Coast Focus