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.

2012 Toyota 86 GT

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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 GTS

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2012 Toyota 86 Pricing:

Grade Price
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
Capacity (cm3) 1998
Cylinders/valves Boxer 4/16V
Description Four cylinders, horizontally opposed, 16-valve, DOHC, four valves percylinder and alloy cylinder block
Bore x stroke (mm) 86 x 86
Compression ratio 12:5:1
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)
Ratios: 1st 3.626 3.538
2nd 2.188 2.060
3rd 1.541 1.404
4th 1.213 1.000
5th 1.000 0.713
6th 0.767 0.582
Reverse 3.437 3.168
Final drive 4.100:1 4.100:1
Turning circle 10.8m (tyre), 11.4m (body)
Type Rack and pinion Electric Power Steering (EPS)
Suspension type
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
Seating 4
Cargo space height 391mm
Exterior dimensions
Overall length (mm) 4,240
Width (mm) 1,775
Roof height (mm) 1,285
Wheelbase (mm) 2,570
Tracks (mm) Front: 1,520 Rear: 1,540
Interior dimensions
Front to rear couple distance (mm) 700
Front legroom (mm) 1065
Rear legroom (mm) 759
Driven wheels
Wheels and tyres
GT 16 x 6.5J alloy with 205/55 R16 tyres
GTS 17 x 7J alloy with 215/45 R17 tyres
Brake type
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)

Source: Toyota