So we got a 2012 Toyota 86
The Toyota 86 is probably the most overhyped sports car in history, reaching legendary cult status long before it was even launched, theoretically outrunning everything from Porsches to F-16s in the sell-as-much-magazines-as-possible media. Everybody keeps talking about how it marks the return of the Toyota “AE86” or whatever, even though no one even heard of that piece-o-dung 1984 Corolla coupe before it starred in an overblown-but-awesome Japanese cartoon called Initial D in 1999. It’s pretty easy for Toyota to make a better car than that, especially if half the parts are from Subaru. So how good is this car?
Very. When we received the test car, we were initially put off by the pepsi/coffee/poop stains on the centre-console and the popped-out handbrake assembly of our base manual test car, made worse by its occasionally-notchy shifter and the half-worn rear tyres. But then we stretched its legs a bit more. And it was pretty impressive.
But first, a word on practicality. The rear seats are useless. The boot floor has a tyre sticking out of it. And there are two cup-holders just where your elbow would knock your drinks off.
As for the drive, well, we are in the enviable position of owning an honest-to-goodness minty-fresh Honda S2000, the previous decade’s overhyped-sports-car title holder. Comparo, anyone?