Sporty Toyota to stun at Tokyo

2011-11-28 10:51

It’s officially official! Toyota is stepping back into the dark side with the world debut of the racy 86. (Yes, it at last has a name too, although it will go by GT 86 in European markets.)

Described as being “entirely driver-focused”, the sporty Toyota enthusiasts have been requesting is finally being prepared for its world debut at the Tokyo auto show on November 30, 2011. And yes, it's coming to South Africa.

The car was unveiled at Tokyo’s Fuji Speedway on November 27, 2011 by company president Akio Toyoda, a part-time racer, who used the opportunity to blitz down the main straight.

Toyota 86

COMPACT SPORTS: The Toyota 86 had a screaming debut at the Fuji Speedway at the hands of company president Akio Toyoda.

The four-seater sports coupe uses a compact two-litre flat-four boxer engine and rear-wheel drive, said to hark back to Toyota’s strong sports-car heritage. The boxer engine, developed alongside Subaru, delivers a useful 147kW at 7000rpm while the peak torque of 205Nm is available at 6600rpm.

The engine uses Toyota’s D-4S injection technology that uses separate twin injectors for both direct and port injection and a high 12.5:1 compression ratio.


The flat-four drives through a short-throw six-speed manual or auto transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts.

A limited-slip differential at the rear axle provides the best traction in various conditions, while anti-lock brakes and vehicle stability control systems that have been tuned to meet the GT 86’s dynamic demands are able to step in should proceedings step “out of line”.

Toyota 86

LIGHT CONTROL: The cabin is fitted with weight saving carbon-fibre trim and aluminium pedals.

The GT 86 is compact, with dimensions of 4.24m long, 1.28m high and 2.57m wide, but conveying its intentions are a rear spoiler, twin exhausts and the “86” logo.

The steering wheel has a 365mm diameter – the smallest yet fitted to a Toyota, the automaker says. Faux carbon-fibre trim, an all-black roof lining, contrasting red stitching on the upholstery and aluminium pedals all add to the GT 86’s athletic prowess.

Speaking at the unveiling, Toyoda said the new sports car was all about "waku doki" - a car that creates excitement and gets your heart racing.

Toyodo said: "I'm very proud of this car. Thank you for the patience of car-lovers. They are going to enjoy this car."

Toyota SA confirmed the car will be called 86 in South Africa and will be made available here in the second half of 2012.

  • Joao - 2011-11-28 11:56

    Finally, a desirable Toyota!!

  • christidv - 2011-11-28 12:07

    I agree Finally a desirable Toyota!!! Now if Toyota SA can only get the pricing right don't hold your breath!!!

  • Leon - 2011-11-28 12:17

    i cant wait , finally a driver focused car , i will DEF get one , if the price is right ;-) ... here is the press release form toyota for those who would like to watch ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbJQdPuhlrU&feature=player_embedded

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  • Michelle - 2011-11-28 12:54

    Desirable, sexy, wanted....hmmmmmmmm

  • ayoub.banderker - 2011-11-28 13:50

    Nice, kinda like ainfant 458 italia...lol...but lets hope pricing under r300k...as CAR mag says.....interior a bit disappointing though...torque low...but Boxster engine sounds good.....makes one beg Honda to bring out another S2000...'cos that makes the Honda way ahead of its time....

      Nitro - 2011-11-28 14:46

      Toyota has hinted that this will cost 28K pounds in GB, so after adding our mandatory duty taxes expect to pay in the region of 380 - 410K Zar for this. It is going to try and compete with the MX5's and ex S2000 of this world. Will be really surprised if it is anything under 350K.

      freek.vn - 2011-11-28 20:02

      Hi, ayoub.banderker, please note the vehicle is equipped with a boxer engine and NOT a Boxster engine. The word "Boxster" refers to the type of body shell of a specific Porche model, while the word "boxer" denotes the type of engine, namely a horizontally opposed flat four cylinder engine, the same type of engine used in many Porche models and also in the trusty VW Beetle. A similar type of engine, but in six cylinder guise, was used many years ago in the Chevrolet Corvair.

      ayoub.banderker - 2011-11-29 00:04

      to freek.vn, thanks for the info, it was a typo from my part...i did mean boxer engine...which is what makes it appealing...spoke to Toyoat sales manager today and they expecting two spec levels and manual and auto and looking in region of R320k....though i will wait and see. Looks promising....the S2000 was between R3-400k...so if TMSA can bring this in for under 320k...they may have a winner...the drive will tell though

      Schalk - 2011-11-29 11:13

      The new Auris TRD is allready R300 000 plus, expect to pay R400 to R450, and more.

  • ayo.mkize - 2011-11-28 14:29

    I will test Drive first both BRZ and GT86

  • Stuart - 2011-11-28 16:13

    Great!! Going back to the original Twin Cam 16Valve Corolla GT Coupe launced in 1986 (or the Corolla Levin), pricing will probably be first world which means the car won't sell adequately in SA as the over 50's won't buy it.

  • raynoj - 2011-11-28 17:12

    Finally....a Toyota that I really like....although I am not holding up my breath for the pricing.

  • lumifi - 2011-11-28 23:42

    Simply wonderful!!!!! Better than a 1994 Supra. Toyota at its best. As desirable as a Porsche 911!!!

  • Jango - 2011-11-29 11:56

    Too soft for my liking, a BMW 125i will run circles around it, never mind a 135i! Another show where's there's no go! Honda were delivering 177Kw from a 2L in 1999 with the S2000. Opel's new Corsa OPC 1.6 will deliver 150Kw - or near as dammit. At least Nissan have done something proper with the 370Z offering a meaty V6... this 86 is going to be a poser trolley, nothing more.

  • lehlohonolo.nkalai - 2011-11-29 12:13

    Looks sexy enough for a Toyota! But I think it could use some oomphy (probably Forced induction) motor. Imagine not being able to outran most or all of traditional hot hatches in this babe. What a waste!

  • Timothy - 2011-11-29 13:07

    Yummy, Toyota has finally done it! This is what it's all about! Good looking car & funny, it does not actually look like a Toyota except for the badge!!:) Welldone, Toyota.

  • Dumisani - 2011-12-01 11:35

    nice, but the cabin could be improved

  • Lennert - 2011-12-06 14:27

    Wow!!! Nice one.

  • Nathanael - 2011-12-09 20:36

    well done they should bring back a limited number of 20v rsi corollas that eat 125i bmw

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