However you want to call it, Toyota 86, GT86 or the concept name it was given as FT86, doesn’t matter. The good news is the legendary Toyota AE86 (made popular by the Japanese anime – Initial D) successor is here. The All-New rear wheel drive Toyota sports coupe – named as Toyota 86 in Malaysia and few other countries as GT 86.
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The Toyota 86 is 2 door, 4 seaters, front engine, rear wheel drive sports coupe. By rear wheel drive coupe, means drifting in some of our mindset. After all, we can’t get a way from the well drifting action done by the Toyota AE86. The front fascia is complete newly design by Toyota. The LED integrated headlights comes with HID with auto leveling function as standard.
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The dashboard is very driver oriented and gives have much visibility and clear view of the gauges & switches. Having said that, the don’t expect much gizmo gadget like the Lexus LFA as this is still an entry level sports car. Gear stick and handbrakes are easily reachable, standing by for the driver to use them to do some actions.
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From the rear and the window line we can see the design was also inspired by the legendary Toyota 2000GT (Toyota sports coupe in 1960’s). The LED rear lights gave the Toyota 86 a sportier finish. Not to be missed would be the dual 86mm exhaust waiting to be warm up with high revs.
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Customers will have 2 variant to choose from, a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed auto transmission with pedal shifters on the steering wheel. Also included it’s the aluminium sports pedal to encourage driver to floor the pedal to get most out from the 2.0L boxer engine. The engine coded as D-4S is a joint development with Subaru. It produces 200hp and 205Nm torque.
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The Toyota 86 is given a sets of 17″ rims, specifically design only for the Toyota 86.Specially fine-tuned for the chassis and suspension of the Toyota 86. The Toyota 86 is designed with low centre of gravity and optimize for best front and rear weight distribution. All these contribute to better handling.
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Fitted with Alcantara leather material to semi bucket seats to give the driver more support to take on the G-Force when cornering. The keyless entry with push-start button is also included with the car.
Toyota 86 priced from RM243,000 for the manual transmission & RM249,000 for the auto transmission with paddle shifters. Which in our opinion, it is a high price tag to pay for this car. In the United States, the Toyota 86 is sold around the same price tag as a Mazda 3 MPS. Logically, a Toyota 86 should be sold around RM180,000 which is about the price of a Mazda 3 MPS. This leaves us a doubt on why the Toyota 86 are priced are much higher in Malaysia market. In Australia, Toyota 86 is selling about $30,000 AUD. However, UMW Toyota has brought in a bunch of colours for you to choose from, White Pearl, Crystal Black Silica, Lighting Red, Orange Metallic, Galaxy Blue Silica & Sterling Silver Metallic. We love this car, but we think the price tag it’s on the high side.
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