Online 86 coupe back to basics
For the price of a pretty average Toyota Corolla, you could be driving an 86 coupe instead. Kyle Cassidy explains.
Toyota’s 86 sportster has been a sales success, according to Toyota NZ at least, because it has exceeded its sales forecast with 274 sold so far.
Most buyers have gone for the $48k GT86, and opted for the auto. That has not deterred Toyota from introducing the manual-only, 86 RC stripper however. The RC, for Race Competition, is an interesting prospect. For a start you can order it only online.
You can have it any colour, as long as it’s white, and it comes with quite a range of optional extras.
The car itself is based on the standard 86 and has the same 147kW/205Nm 2.0 litre boxer but is available only with the six-speed manual gearbox. It has seven air bags and ESP, both of which you can switch off. It gets 16-inch alloys, and dual exhausts and costs $33,986, drive away – $8300 less than the 86. It misses out on air conditioning, and a stereo, neither of which can be optioned back in, and some of the sound deadening has been removed along with the lining in the boot. It is about 20kg lighter, and we are the only RHD country outside Japan to get it.
The RC can be bought as is, or Toyota is offering a range of cosmetic and performance upgrade options, which can be configured online before purchase.
You can add new wheels, paint the bumpers, add body kits, and decals or dip into the expensive range of TRD suspension and brake upgrades. These options all add to the cost, which start to erode the value prospect of the RC.
Once you click the Buy Now button, you need to place a refundable $5000 deposit, and you have three days to head to your preferred dealer to sign the sales and purchase agreement. Options that are selected will be fitted at Toyota’s Thames factory, with delivery taking between five days for a standard car to two weeks for a modified version.
Toyota will ship the finished car to the customer’s preferred dealership for the final hand-over.
Toyota NZ has tried the internet sales route before with the Prius i-Tech, which, with only two sold, can’t be considered a huge success.
But one aspect that we like about this concept is that Toyota NZ say that the internet price is a no-haggle, no-discount figure, a unique thing for Toyota.
And it is a concept that the market leader will look to expand on. It takes the sales aspect away for the salesman to let them concentrate on delivering customer service, which in the end is how you make a buyer a repeat customer.
SPORTSTER: Toyota’s 86 coupe.