Firstly, my genuine apology to readers out there who have been eager to hear further updates on my 86. Some have poked me a few times via comments on my previous articles and finally gave up, but work life and other commitments held me back from drafting an update.
Here’s the 2019 Toyota 86, with minor updates but no extra power. Instead, Toyota has revealed a limited edition TRD Special Edition trim for the 86 with slightly improved dynamics.
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.
Hello, Toyota 86 fans. Yes, it has been almost a year since I’ve wrote an update on my 86, mainly due to being busy with the work-life routine. It has also been a year since I’ve had the 86. I’m glad to report that it has been a smooth experience when it comes to fun little sports cars that’s also economically lean on the pocket.
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.
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.
Something’s up at the Al Futtaim Toyota dealership in Dubai. These TRD models — made very obvious with the paintjobs — were spotted outside their flagship showroom.
When the Toyota 86 was launch earlier this year, Al Futtaim Motors had also announced their sponsorship of the Emirates Drifting Team, a UAE-based outfit that takes part in regional drifting events. While their main driver, Ahmed Al Amri, was using a Toyota Soarer earlier, he is now switching to this Toyota 86 now, although there isn’t much left of the original car any more.
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