The Toyota 86 is going to have the personality of a super sports car, minus the price tag. Designers worked hard on the 86, referring to the 2000GT for hints of inspiration. Toyota is re-introducing the 86 range with subtle upgrades. They are also debuting an all-new Limited Edition model.
Both the High and Limited Edition models come standard with daytime running lights. Also standard is a shark fin antenna.
The steering wheel centre pad will have a hand-stitched, natural grain leather in the place of a metal badge. The 86 interior also features for the first time, a frameless rear view mirror (High and Limited Edition models only).
They have a centre console-mounted engine start button (High and Limited Edition models only), carbon effect trim, a sporting, all-black roof lining, red upholstery stitching, aviation-style switch and lightweight aluminium pedals. Toyota has also incorporated a total of seven airbags.
The Toyota 86 boasts 147 kW of power and a torque figure of 205 Nm.It can sprint from 0-km/h in just 7.6 seconds or 8.2 seconds for the auto. Top speed is pegged 226 km/h for the manual and 210 km/h for the auto. Fuel consumption is surprisingly reasonable at 7.8 litres/100 km for the manual and 7.1 litres/100 km for the auto. A six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox (High model only) will be incorporated.
The 2012 Toyota 86 got minus points for its audio system. The 2014 all 86 models have been upgraded to an all-new display audio system with full Bluetooth functionality. Fully integrated SatNav is optional.
The exterior of the Limited Edition 86 has a few differences, and the interior sports red accents on the steering wheel, gear lever, hand brake and door panels. It also receives striking combination black and red Alcantara leather sports seats.
The Toyota 86 Standard 6-speed Manual will set buyers back by R329 700, the Toyota 86 High 6-speed Manual by R370 700, the Toyota 86 High 6-speed Auto by R389 500 and the Toyota 86 Limited Edition 6-speed Manual by R376 100.
All 86 models come with a four-year/60 000 km Service Plan included in the purchase price (service intervals are every 15 000 km), along with Toyota’s comprehensive three-year/100 000 km warranty. The 86 is supported by the ToyotaCare Roadside Assistance Programme and entitles customers to 24 hour roadside assistance. Only 86 examples will be available in South Africa.