What the Toyota 86 should've been

2013-03-25 09:32

For years avid Toyota fans eagerly awaited the arrival of the much-anticipated 86. The sports coupe is either loved or hated; while it’s a great car most people thought it needed a little more "oomph."

For fans who are disappointed with the Toyota 86’s lack of power, RGMotorsport has the answer to beef up the "slow coach" for a cool R75 000.

South African enthusiasts were saddened to hear we weren’t going to receive the limited edition TRD models, so this package is more than welcome.


At the time, Toyota SA’s spokesperson Leo Kok said: "The 86 TRD will not be sold in SA but customers can outfit their 86 models at Toyota dealerships. The side skirts, exhaust and all the visual elements featured on the 86 TRD in the UK can be purchased in South Africa."

Toyota Racing Development launched the TRD version in February 2013 with styling and engine tweaks to only 250 limited models.

The two-litre naturally aspirated engine under the 86’s bonnet is not doing the car any justice – according to some lovers and haters of Toyota’s sports coupe. Putting it up against its turbocharged rivals could leave the 86 driver a little embarrassed off the line with its 147kW.

At the Reef, it’s even worse with 20kW less due to the altitude. The Subaru BRZ – the 86’s sister car - will be singing that same sad song too, local deliveries have already taken place.

Don’t get us wrong, the car makes for great handling and drivability and was even a Car of the Year finalist for 2013, but it’s painfully slow. 

According to RGMotorsport, it takes 11 seconds to go from zero to 120km/h, 15.5 seconds in a 400m sprint  and overtakes from 60 to 100km/h in 8.2 seconds while in fourth gear. Top speed is a claimed 223km/h.

RGMotorsport  of Strydom Park, Johannesburg say they can turn this little love muffin to a six-pack beast for just R75 000. They can up the stats by slapping on a supercharger slashing three seconds off the 120km/h sprint and take it to a top speed of 250km/h.

If you want even more, for another R9950 there’s a Techniflow (RGM’s in-house exhaust) cat-free stainless steel exhaust to give the 86 even more grunt.

Owner of RGMotorsport, Rob Green said: “We estimate a conservative 210kW, which is 40% up on the standard figure, and in fact will translate into a real improvement of over 50% up here on the Reef, if the losses for altitude are taken into account.”


Green said the installation is a ‘bolt-on’ which means there aren’t any internal changes made to the engine and it runs the standard 12.5:1 compression ratio. “Thanks to an integrated air-to-air intercooler with all-aluminium tube ducting and an oversized cooler core to provide maximum cooling with minimum pressure loss for better performance.”

The unit used is a V-3 H67BC centrifugal supercharger from Vortech (exclusive RGM brand) designed specifically for the horizontally-opposed FA20 Boxer engine. The kit includes a curvy airbox and an optimised filter housing for additional flow while retaining the factory cold air ram intake, and quick release fasteners for simple access to filter for servicing purposes.

For the rest of your money, a discharge duct connection utilising heat-resistant silicon sleeves and premium quality stainless steel clamps is also included. There’s also CNC machined billet mounting brackets with black anodized finish, as well as a complete ancillary set; including all necessary belts, pulleys and reusable high-flow air filter.

Green further said a Unichip 'piggyback' auxiliary engine management is used with a dynamometer operator to remap ignition, air and fuel requirements of the modified system.

  • Thando Gqabaza - 2013-03-25 10:27

    R75 k is a bit steep

  • riotousr - 2013-03-25 10:38

    Indifferent. I am happy with my 1.6 Chevrolet Aveo, thank you.

  • Duncan Lubbe - 2013-03-25 11:11

    The point of the 86 was never to be a robot-to-robot beast, it was about making the drive fun, hence the use of Prius tires, to get the car more tail-happy. So writing an article moaning about how slow it is is actually pointless, as Toyota themselves said it was never meant to be an overpowered car. I'm not a fan of Toyota, so I don't mind flaming, but please, get your facts right before you post such an ignorant article.

      riotousr - 2013-03-25 11:32

      I am with you, Duncan. But then again we may just suspect that Rob Green Motors paid someone to make this advertising article sound [motoringly] journalistic. Payment does not only take place at the Union Buildings bro. Actually, I would not mind being paid with the original normally aspirated 147 kw 86.

      Kkrutch - 2013-03-25 12:31

      The car was never meant to be high-powered, no. At the same time it wasn't meant to be underpowered. Remember Japan is at sea level, the European countries are at seal level for the most part, here, 6000ft above seal level, this car is just dead. More power is a must. Not silly power, but at least enough to keep the car's performance on par with a modern hot hatch.

      Gerhardus Windpomp - 2013-03-25 22:32

      it is jvst as slow around a track. good brakes to get into a corner but damn it takes forever to exit.

  • Freddie Jones - 2013-03-25 15:55

    "Remember Japan is at sea level" Geography isn't your strong point I see!

  • Trevor Bush - 2013-03-26 07:53

    What a joke....Toyota NEVER developed the 86 to be a high performance car, just look at the tyres they fit for pete's sake...this is just another brain-dead modification to make money that will NEVER work bar on a Dyno.

  • Andley Wu - 2013-03-26 11:49

    Good Marketing for Rob. Nice one ~

  • Biki DaKing - 2013-03-26 15:45

    these guys are idiots.they gooing to give that car so much power and u still have to ork out money to upgrade the wheels. i mean it already too powerful for the o.g wheels. Mr Green cant even through in a set of wheels atleast for the back.Wat kind of person calls him self GREEN and changes the car to red.

  • Dexter Tangocci - 2013-03-27 11:29

    Aaand here come the mods. Ho$ ja

  • Nathi Olifant - 2013-03-28 07:34

    did Toyota approve of this, they are very fussy with their warrants and service plans

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