Toyota 86 Overview
The Toyota 86 has long been hailed by petrol heads and purist alike as one of the best driver’s car on the road. Co-developed with fellow Japanese performance car manufacturer Subaru in 2012, Toyota 86 became the spiritual successor to the iconic 1983 Toyota AE86 made popular by the Japanese animation series Initial D in the mid 90s. Assembled alongside its twin sister the Subaru BRZ in Ota city of Gunma Prefecture Japan, they share nearly identical mechanical parts.
Also known as the GT86 to the Europeans and Scion FR-S to the North Americans, the Toyota 86 is a 2.0-Litre, front-engine, lightweight, two-door, fastback coupé with rear wheel drive only. It’s a sportscar recipe straight out of car enthusiast’s cookbook.
Weighing in at just 1,275 kg, it promises accessible performance and superior handling quality. With power sent only to its deliberately skinny rear wheels, the car is easily persuaded into an oversteer when introduced to a corner. Yet the car feels planted and in control at all times thanks largely to its low mounted boxer engine which translate to low centre of gravity.
Priced starting from RM257,502, it is significantly more expensive than the Subaru BRZ which is sold at a much affordable starting price of RM 211,729. Alternatively, the Mazda MX-5 roadster, Mini Cooper S, or the 3rd generation Audi TT coupé make a good case against the Toyota 86.