The new 2019 Toyota 86 is here with grand power and grand sports soul. The Japanese carmaker has managed to cross the limits of sophistication, and the new 86 now has an ever so slightly powerful engine. You also get sporty interiors, making it a very desirable at an affordable price range.
The car is inspired by the legendary car ‘Hachi-Roku’ Corolla from the year 1986. We will discuss the ins and outs of the car and try to establish a relationship between the legend and the new 86.
Starting from performance Toyota has definitely built it without any compromise remembering its legacy since ’86. A compact 2-liter naturally aspirated boxer 4-cylinder flat engine sit at the heart of the 86. It churns out a healthy 205 horsepower and 156 lb.-ft of torque. For such high- numbers from such a small engine, Toyota (in collaboration with Subaru) have developed state-of-the-art components like a red aluminum intake manifold.
The Toyota 86 powerful engine is accompanied by a high-precision 6-speed transmission system, which is able to achieve sweet acceleration times when working hard, and delivers impressive fuel economy when relaxed. Manual-shift mode lets you take charge of shifting via the paddle shifters integrated on to the steering wheel of the car.
You also get a rear wheel drive format, which incorporates differential gears with a 4.3:1 ratio designed for instant response, in order to get a drift ready machine. The rear differential helps in keeping the performance well inside the sweet spot and also enhances cornering abilities of the car. With the Vehicle Stability Control, you can have complete liberty to take on the car in tracks and experience every last drop of performance offered by the all-new Toyota 86.
The exceptional handling and braking performance of the 86 is achieved by the best-in-class components and intelligent mechanisms. the new Toyota 86 has everything a sports car needs from curvy body structure to sports-tuned suspension. The rear-wheel drive system plays a significant role in enhancing handling. The sport-tuned suspension features multi-link rear suspension with stabilizer bars both in the rear and the front. The MSRP for 2019 Toyota 86 starts from $26,505 and goes upwards to $32,470 for the special TRD edition.
The exterior looks of the car have an element of chauvinism. The embellishment added to the car is unique and has the Toyota badge all over it. The car features a long hood and short rear deck, like a proper sports coupe (which the 86 is, technically speaking). The aggressively styled curves galloping throughout the body help in lending a sporty stance. A large chin spoiler further adds a sporty vibe, along with LED DRLs that complement the 86’s overall design. Fender trims and Chrome-tipped dual exhaust shows off the performance nature of the car.
With awesome features and best in class exteriors, the 86 deserves genteel interiors as well. Thankfully, Toyota has done a great job with the interiors. You can feel a premium vibe when inside the cabin. The Granlux trim featuring suede-like material perfectly embossed over the ‘86’ logo giving it a sophisticated side. Also, now you have full control over the audio systems and the mechanical systems as well via controls on the leather-wrapped sports steering wheel. Sports seats with premium silver stitching give the interiors a contrasting look and add some side of luxury to the sports car. A high-resolution 7-inch display works with the Navigation system and Audio Apps like ‘Aha Radio’, which gets over 100,000 stations. In addition to this, you get a premium 6-speaker sound system and iPod connectivity in the new 86.
Advanced safety features like Hill Start Assist Control, Smart Stop Technology developed by Toyota, Star safety system and a six airbags package ensure complete dynamic safety of the passengers.
Toyota has yet again proved itself to be a major player in the sports segment as well. Most of the design features of the 86 are inspired by the legendary car of 1986, filling the long gap between ’86 and 2019. The moderate power figure lends itself very well to accessible levels of performance, and the skinny tires along with excellent handling make this a brilliant budget performance machine, much like the older car. If you are a fan of the original, you will feel the nostalgia every time you take a glimpse of the new Toyota 86.