The Toyota 86 is a sports car everyone has been trying to get their hands on in the last month since its release. The car is developed jointly by Japanese automobile manufacturers Toyota and Subaru. It features a 2+2 seating arangement in a 2-door coupé body style with a front-engined, rear-wheel drive layout.
Below find the most comprehensive review of the Toyota GT86 to date by Nino Karotta, who gives an excellent rundown of the cars driving style and features.
The model is currently sold under three different brands: Toyota (Toyota 86 in Japan and Australia and the Toyota GT-86 in Europe), Subaru (Subaru BRZ) and Scion (Scion FR-S).
“86” (pronounced “eight-six” or Hachi-Roku (ハチロク)) refers to the Toyota Corolla Levin series AE86 and the Toyota Sprinter Trueno series AE86, a particular series of cars sold between 1983 and 1987 (both the Levin and Trueno were available in coupe and hatchback bodystyles). As such, the Toyota 86 has been named as the spiritual successor of the original AE86. The use of a boxer-style engine also refers to a historical Toyota sports car, called the Toyota Sports 800, Toyota’s first sports car. Heritage of the Toyota 86 can also be traced back to the Toyota 2000GT, Toyota’s second front engine, rear-drive sports car with a 2.0 liter engine.