It’s time to get excited about the latest Toyota 86. Coming September 2016, this Canadian launch has reignited interest in all things 86; the history, the nostalgia and the rising anticipation of the newest version.
This release of the Toyota 86 marks the latest chapter in a story going back more than three decades. If you’re unsure what the excitement is all about, you’re new to the story of the 86, or just keen to get the lowdown on the forthcoming model, here’s everything you need to know.
History of Toyota 86
The first Toyota 86 model was the AE86, introduced as part of the Corolla lineup. As one of the fifth-generation Corolla models, the AE86 was seen as the perfect car for driving enthusiasts. The front engine rear-wheel drive layout, provided them with a fun to drive, affordable sports car that was lightweight, nimble and had the ability to be customized.
This proved a winning design and AE86 fans never stopped loving this model. Across the world, there are still fan clubs that get together to drive and even clean their cars together. The AE86 is where the 86 legend and community began, but it has come a long way since.
As work began on the car that would become the 86, Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada, looked to earlier Toyota models from all over the world from the Sports 800 model, 2000 GT model, to the Toyota AE86. Tada wanted to find a balance between a bold new look and the reliable heritage of Toyota sports cars.
By keeping the most popular traditional models in mind and after collaborating with Subaru, the new 86 was released internationally in 2012.
At the time North America had branded the 86 as the Scion FR-S. However, every FR-S featured an 86 badge – to honour the inspiration of the car and the large community that has stayed true to the brand.
By 2016, however, Toyota saw the opportunity to bring the FR-S in-line not only with international markets but with its 86 heritage. All other countries were selling the model as the Toyota 86, and in doing so, were capitalizing on the nostalgia behind the 86 brand.
In fall of 2016, Toyota will release the long-awaited new Toyota 86 to the public – updated to feature the iconic Toyota branding and refinements to both interior and exterior that still remain faithful to the original.
As the launch date nears, excitement has been building around the anticipated release. Old AE86 fans, FR-S fans, and excited new Toyota 86 supporters are patiently waiting for their already high expectations to be met and even exceeded with the new Toyota model to follow the 86 legend.
Toyota 86 Features
What will the new Toyota 86 bring? More power, for a start. Drivers of the manual transmission version will have a 5 horsepower increase. This model will also have a rear differential ratio of 4.3 rather than 4.1 for improved acceleration.
While the appearance will remain faithful to the sharp looks of the 2013 model, there are key updates to the car’s exterior. The 2016 version will feature new front and rear bumper designs and a new front grille. The redesigned 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels are also new to this version of the 86.
New LED headlamps and rear combination lamps are installed to turn heads day or night. There will be seven colours for drivers to pick from: Asphalt, Ablaze, Raven, Oceanic, Hot Lava, Steel, and Halo. All models, however, will have black interior regardless of exterior colour.
On the inside, updates have been made for improved style, comfort, and convenience, with a change to the seat material, door trim, and instrument panel all changed from the 2013 model.
Overall the updated 86 is designed to meet the high expectations that come with such classic sports car heritage while at the same time delivering the control, comfort and reliability that drivers in 2016 demand.
Whether it’s the design, the drive, or the history, the new Toyota 86 model has something all fans, newcomers, and loyal customers, are looking for: the rebirth of a classic into a new and exciting ride.