2012 Toyota 86 is a sportscar which is much appreciated and awaited and more importantly which now goes on sale. In fact the 86 model is an aim for a grand return to Toyota’s sporting roots. And the brand does this with the world’s only combination of a front-mounted, free-revving, horizontally opposed “boxer” petrol engine and rear-wheel drive!
The car is indeed unique, because it combines a one-of-a-kind powertrain format, compact design, light weight and a low centre of gravity. All this results in the best possible power-to-weight ratio. Of course, this also contributes to a maximum driving pleasure – lively, accessible performance and highly engaging dynamic abilities with minimal electronic intrusion.
2012 Toyota 86 is being offered in two grades – GT and GTS, which are both powered by a 2.0-litre flat-four engine. In addition, Toyota’s D-4S direct-injection technology enhances the throttle response, power and torque over a wide range of engine speeds.
In details, the maximum power the vehicle is 147kW – equivalent to 100hp per litre – and peak torque of 205Nm (151 lb-ft). Additionally, fuel economy is absolutely remarkable for a sports car: it is only 7.8 litres/100km for manual variants – and even better for automatic versions at just 7.1 litres/100km. CO2 emissions are 164 grams/km (auto) and 181 grams/km (manual).
Both engines can be mated to a newly developed six-speed manual gearbox, which offers quick, precise shifting through closely stacked ratios. The other option in terms of gear box is the Lexus IS-F-inspired six-speed automatic transmission, with shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel, combines direct response with an extremely fast shifting speed of only 0.2 seconds.
The 86 includes an aerodynamic and stylish body design built around a low, highly compact chassis for optimum handling and performance. The vehicle also comes equipped with wide array of standard equipment: seven airbags, a five-mode stability control system, traction control, anti-skid brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, air-conditioning, CD sound system, daytime running lamps (DRLs) and a multi-information display.
The 86 GTS runs on 17-inch alloy wheels, and has in its equipment a 6.1-inch display screen, satellite navigation with live traffic updates, auto-levelling HID headlamps, leather-accented front seats, dual-zone climate-control air-conditioning, aluminium pedals, LED DRLs and red stitching highlights.
The unique visual identity of Toyota’s cars is due to the distinct T-mesh pattern in the front grille, door-switch base, instrument panel, meters, triangular rear-centre foglamp and spare-wheel cover. The models in both grades also include numerous exclusive sporting details through both the exterior and interior, including a conrod motif to the HID headlamps, twin exhausts, instrument dials, air vents and gear-lever base.
The 86 piston logo can be see on the car’s front wing and is based on the car’s unique front boxer engine, rear-wheel drive powertrain format. It also is a representation of the vehicle’s tyres sliding in a four-wheel drift, highlighting the perfect on-the-limit balance of the 86.
2012 Toyota 86 Pricing:
|86 GT manual||$29,990|
|86 GT automatic||$32,490|
|86 GTS manual||$35,490|
|86 GTS automatic||$37,990|
2012 Toyota 86 Specifications:
|Engine type||2.0L-Boxer 4|
|Description||Four cylinders, horizontally opposed, 16-valve, DOHC, four valves percylinder and alloy cylinder block|
|Bore x stroke (mm)||86 x 86|
|Max. output||147kW @ 7,000rpm|
|Max. torque||205Nm @ 6,400-6,600rpm|
|Recommended fuel type||98 or more Octane|
|Fuel-tank capacity (L)||50|
|Type||Six-speed manual||Six-speed sequential-shift
automatic (with paddle shift on GTS 86)
|Turning circle||10.8m (tyre), 11.4m (body)|
|Type||Rack and pinion Electric Power Steering (EPS)|
|Front||MacPherson strut with coil springs, gas-filled dampers and rose-jointedstabiliser bar|
|Rear||Double wishbone with coil springs, gas-filled dampers and rose-jointedstabiliser bar|
|Cargo space height||391mm|
|Overall length (mm)||4,240|
|Roof height (mm)||1,285|
|Tracks (mm)||Front: 1,520 Rear: 1,540|
|Front to rear couple distance (mm)||700|
|Front legroom (mm)||1065|
|Rear legroom (mm)||759|
|Wheels and tyres|
|GT||16 x 6.5J alloy with 205/55 R16 tyres|
|GTS||17 x 7J alloy with 215/45 R17 tyres|
|GT||Ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes with anti-lock braking system(ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), brake assist (BA) and vehiclestability control (VSC).
Front disc size: 277mm diameter by 24mm thick
Rear disc size: 286mm by 10mm thick
|GTS||Ventilated front and ventilated rear disc brakes with ABS, EBD, BA andVSC.
Front disc size: 294mm diameter by 24mm thick
Rear disc size: 290mm diameter by 18mm thick
|0-100km/h (s)||7.6 (manual), 8.2 (auto)|
|Max. speed (km/h)||226 (manual), 210 (auto)|
|Coefficient of drag||0.27|
|Fuel consumption (L/100 km)*|
|Combined||7.8 (manual), 7.1 (auto)|
|Urban||10.4 (manual), 9.6 (auto)|
|Extra urban||6.4 (manual), 5.7 (auto)|
|CO2 emissions (g/km)*|
|Combined||181 (manual), 164 (auto)|