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Created to inject back some excitement into its current line-up, Toyota aims to capture the attention of the automotive world with its 86.

03 Aug 2012

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Cover story
The most highly anticipated Toyota
model - also the first sports car in six years
(last was the Celica which
stopped production in 06) - has finally arrived on our shores. It's a car we've been waiting for a long time now. The moment spy shots and concept car, both in photographs and leaked pictures, were revealed, it stirred the emotions of many sports car aficionados and Toyota fans alike.

It was only in October 2009 when the concept car, dubbed the FT-86 (FT stands for 'Future Toyota'), was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, the spiritual successor to the iconic AE86 Sprinter Trueno GT. It was also around that period when Toyota promised that the rear wheel driven sports car coupe would deliver a pure sports car that is driven by feel and intuition rather than lap records and lateral grip levels.

Toyota also did a close collaboration with Subaru on the 86, with the latter brand coming out with the mechanically similar but differently styled BRZ. While Subaru worked on its engine, Toyota took the lead in the car's design and it couldn't have been a better time to have this model inserted into Toyota's current line-up.
Aiming to lure young, fun-loving drivers back to its brand, the 86 will have no qualms drawing eyeballs and turning heads.

Exterior

At first glance, this Japanese stemware could have been mistaken for crystal. Thus, it comes as no surprise that most people will assume this coupe to be far more expensive than it is. The 86 looks the business, taking a design leap from sports cars such as the Supra and the MR-S (both of which are parallel imports in Singapore). The swelled wheel arches, unashamed gaping grille and the 'scientific' 86 badge by the sides will call for a second glance even by the most demanding critique.
Further enhancing the 86's dramatic looks are the chiselled front end that's flanked by piercing headlamps which endow the car's face with a suitably aggressive expression. The swooping roofline extends to the muscular hindquarters where chromed twin tailpipes poke out from under a sculptured rear bumper, making the well-executed design of a car seem like a sprinter when idled at a traffic light.

But it's not just about the visual impact the car has. It's also the sporty and evocative presence the car possesses. In these two aspects alone, the 86 easily trumps both the Nissan 370Z and the Mazda MX-5. It has to be the impossibly low and sleek profile of the car that sets it apart from its peers - a benefit of the low-set flat-four engine
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Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

4-cylinders Boxer 16-valves DOHC

Engine Cap

:

1998cc

Horsepower

:

147kW (197 bhp)

Torque

:

205 Nm

Transmission

:

6-speed (M)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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7.6sec

Top Speed

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226km/h

Fuel consumption

:

12.8 km/L

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