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2022 Subaru BRZ debuts with more power

2022 Subaru BRZ debuts with more power

The Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 twins were revered as a common person’s fix for affordable performance when it was launched, though it didn’t have as much power as other similarly priced coupes. The four-cylinder boxer engine, rear-wheel-drive and manual gearbox made it popular among “new” enthusiasts. And now eight years into its life, there is a new and more powerful 2022 Subaru BRZ.

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Toyota's top sports cars before new Supra comes in 2019

Toyota’s top sports cars before new Supra comes in 2019

In recent times, Toyota is a name that is synonymous with econoboxes and workhorse vehicles that can run for a million miles with no hassles whatsoever. But this boring existence of the iconic Japanese brand once had an exciting past. There were Toyotas that set the pulses of enthusiasts racing once they hear its name. Remember the scene in the original Fast and Furious movie in which the late Paul Walker shows up with a totaled Supra and his garage junkie/techie kid goes “2JZ? No s***!”. That’s the sort of respect these Japanese rockets got from the petrolhead lot in those early times.

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Long-term intro: Shijil's 2013 Toyota 86

Long-term intro: Shijil’s 2013 Toyota 86

When time came to replace my daily driver, a 2008 Volvo S40, I wanted something that’s fun and involving to drive. Soon a list was formed which included V8 Mustangs, Nissan 350Z’s, Hyundai Genesis Coupes and VW Golf R’s. As with all my car purchases that start from one thing and end up at something else entirely, I randomly checked the Toyota 86 listings online and bingo! There was a base-model 2013 model Toyota 86 automatic within my reach.

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2017 Toyota 86 facelift revealed, with more power

2017 Toyota 86 facelift revealed, with more power

In this day and age, when cars are inundated with high-end electronic driving aids, the Toyota GT 86 harks back to the old age of motoring. With a low-mounted boxer engine, manual gearbox and rear wheel drive, the masses loved it in all its guises — the 86 in Asia, the GT 86 in Europe, the Scion FRS in America, or the Subaru BRZ everywhere. Now for 2017, Toyota have given it a refresh, right after killing off their America-specific Scion brand.

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