Toy­ota’s Thor­ough­bred

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Motoring -

Toy­ota struck pure mo­tor­ing gold with its re­lease of the 86 coupé in 2012. The Toy­ota 86 was like the birth of a thor­ough­bred colt in the Toy­ota work­horse sta­ble when it was first launched in 2012. This was a bois­ter­ous and play­ful car from the get go, and the newly up­graded model is no dif­fer­ent. Ac­claimed for its Subaru-in­spired (and co-de­vel­oped) front-mounted, nor­mally as­pi­rated boxer en­gine and rear-wheel drive lay­out; low cen­tre of grav­ity and track­in­spired sus­pen­sion set-up; di­rect steer­ing and short gear ra­tios, the 86 was track-ready from day one.

It is even bet­ter now, with a host of cos­metic up­grades on the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior, as well as the sus­pen­sion, which fea­tures re­vised spring rates and damp­ing with a firmer an­tiroll bar at the rear. The re­ward is ev­i­dent as this baby sports coupé hun­kers down on the high-speed straights, while it tucks into corners with great con­trol. Even though the 86 re­mains sans turbo-charg­ing, the en­gine has been tweaked to de­liver 4 kw more power, with max­i­mum torque of 205 Nm de­liv­ered be­tween 6,000 and 6,400 r/min, which makes this high-revving en­gine with its rel­a­tively small power band such fun to ex­ploit. The Standard ver­sion is avail­able only with the short-throw six-speed man­ual, while the High spec­i­fi­ca­tion ver­sion of­fers a six-speed au­to­matic with pad­dle shifters in ad­di­tion to the man­ual. While the au­to­matic adds a cer­tain level of smooth­ness and com­fort, the man­ual gear­box makes for the most en­gag­ing drive.

Now in its fifth year of pro­duc­tion and sec­ond up­grade, the Toy­ota 86 has lost none of its joie de vivre that made it so much fun to drive in the first place. Long live the 86! Pric­ing starts at R449,600

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