The long-awaited Toyota 86 is now in South Africa.
Based on an entirely new platform, the 86 has a low, highly aerodynamic bodyshell stretched tight over the engineering hard points. According to Toyota, it is the world’s most compact four-seat sports car design.
Rather than a large displacement powertrain for its performance, the 86 returns to Toyota’s sporting roots with the world’s only combination of a compact, front-mounted, naturally aspirated, free-revving, horizontally opposed ‘boxer’ petrol engine and rear-wheel drive.
Seven exterior colours ara available for thr 86: Satin White Pearl, Dark Grey, Crystal Black Silica and Sterling Silver, Lightning Red, Galaxy Blue Silica and a Toyota-unique Metallic Fusion Orange.
Standard models are fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, while the higher-grade models get 17-inch light aluminium wheels.
Powering the 86 is a boxer-engine developed by Subaru, producing 147kW and 205Nm. Toyota claims it will propel the sports car from standstill to 100km/h in 7.6 seconds.
Pricing starts at R298 500 for the Toyota 86 Standard Manual, while the top-specification High model carries a price tag of