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PostHeaderIcon The 2021 Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 – A New Platform and More Power

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We’ve been preaching news about the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ rather consitently for a while now – everything from the lack of turbo in this generation to the fact that the updated twins are on their way even [what will change with the next-gen models.→art185720] Now, we’re looking at the next-gen models debuting sometime in 2021, if we’re lucky, and there’s a lot of new information to discuss.

PostHeaderIcon Toyota and Subaru Are Now Engaged With Plans for Twins

The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are pretty awesome cars in their own right. They were both built to be driven without a focus on straight-line performance but handling and maneuverability. That was made possible thanks to the collaboration between Subaru and Toyota. Thanks to Subaru’s engine, the 86 was able to have a low center of gravity that it wouldn’t have had if Toyota had but it on its own. And, the Subaru BRZ probably wouldn’t exist at all if Toyota hadn’t been there to share costs. We’ve been wondering just when we’re going to see the twins evolve into the next stage of their life and, while we don’t know that, we know that Toyota and Subaru are partnering up once again. And, it’ll be even better than before. Here’s why.

PostHeaderIcon Toyota and Subaru Are Now Engaged With Plans for Twins

The Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are pretty awesome cars in their own right. They were both built to be driven without a focus on straight-line performance but handling and maneuverability. That was made possible thanks to the collaboration between Subaru and Toyota. Thanks to Subaru’s engine, the 86 was able to have a low center of gravity that it wouldn’t have had if Toyota had but it on its own. And, the Subaru BRZ probably wouldn’t exist at all if Toyota hadn’t been there to share costs. We’ve been wondering just when we’re going to see the twins evolve into the next stage of their life and, while we don’t know that, we know that Toyota and Subaru are partnering up once again. And, it’ll be even better than before. Here’s why.

PostHeaderIcon Sorry Toyota Supra Owners; You Got Played – the New Toyota 86 Will Be Better Than the Supra

Imagine a scenario where the shiny new toy you’ve been waiting years to own finally gets released. Your excitement levels shoot through the roof and you can’t wait for the day when you finally take ownership of that toy. Now, imagine the toymaker releasing the toy of your dreams and then following that up by announcing plans to develop a cheaper toy that will be better than the toy you’ve been waiting for years to own. Bit of a bummer, right?

That’s the predicament prospective owners of the Toyota Supra now face after Toyota’s chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, indicated that Toyota is looking to create a new 86 sports car that could surpass the recently launched Toyota Supra. Just when you thought you’d seen it all, Toyota finds a way to flip the narrative once again.

PostHeaderIcon The Next-Gen Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ Are Coming – Here’s What Will Change (and What Won’t)

A report out of Motoring Australia pretty much confirmed that the rebirth of the 86 and BRZ twins is “well under way,” but we’ve learned precious little since that report went live back in March of 2019. With both companies being hit hard by opinions over the lack of turbocharging (Toyota fanboys) and lack of AWD (Subaru fanboys), you would think that the two Japanese allies would answer calls and prayers. But, that’s not going to be the case, and there’s a good reason behind that. The twins are evolving; there’s no doubt about that. Here’s what you can expect from the Japanese brothers when their evolution is complete.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Toyota 86 Limited Hakone Edition

The Toyota 86 is the epitome of entry-level, affordable sports cars. It was designed around the philosophy of handling over power, and it has excelled quite well in that regard. Of course, there have been plenty of complaints about the fact that it didn’t receive more power – something eventually remedied by the revival of the Toyota Supra – and the fact that it was never offered in this generation with a turbocharged engine. But, for those that were willing to look past these two things, the $27,000 Toyota 86 is a pretty decent little sports car, and it can handle with the best of them. For 2019, Toyota has unleashed a special edition model in a sexy shade of green that pays homage to one of Japan’s most famous highways. And, since the Toyota 86 is getting long in the tooth, this little car was, despite its limited availability, a much-needed addition to the lineup. With that in mind, we thought this limited edition 86 needed some screen time, so we’ve decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. We posted a selection of wallpapers a little further down the page, so go ahead and choose your favorite.

PostHeaderIcon Toyota 86 British Green Limited Edition

The Toyota 86 will remain in our lives for the foreseeable future now that Toyota has confirmed plans to develop a next-generation model. But that isn’t coming until 2021. For now, Toyota is keeping the current-generation 86 fresh in our minds with the new British Green Limited Edition that’s available exclusively in Japan. The newest special edition 86 follows a similar blueprint as all the other special edition 86 models in the past. Most of the upgrades are aesthetic by nature, though there are a few performance bits added to compensate for the lack of an engine upgrade. Unfortunately, for us, at least, the 86 British Green Limited Edition is available only in Japan at a starting price of 3.318 million yen. Not that it matters to us, but that converts to around $30,000 based on current exchange rates.

PostHeaderIcon Blind Driver Gets To Drive Around Top Gear’s Test Track

The story of Amit Patel is as fascinating as it is heartbreaking. But between those two emotions, there’s also a story of courage and resilience from a man who lost his sight in 2013. With the help of Toyota and Top Gear, Patel was able to take a lap around the Top Gear race track in a specially prepared Toyota GT-86. With the help of an instructor, Patel was able to successfully lap the famous track in 1:46, a time that would’ve made him the fastest person to lap the track when you compare his lap time to all the celebrities who raced around the track in a Suzuki Llana. Sure, the car is different, but so is Patel’s circumstance. If you woke up feeling down in the dumps today, this is the video that you should watch.

PostHeaderIcon Rumors Say the Next-Gen Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 Are Cancelled, But Does That Open the Door for a New Toyota MR2?

These days, Toyota is in complete command of the Japanese sports coupe spotlight thanks to the debut of the new 2020 Toyota Supra. Rumor has it the brand might be looking to lock that position down with a new MR2 sometime in the near future, but in order to do so, the Toyota 86 might have to bite the dust.

PostHeaderIcon A Japanese-Rooted Automobile College Has Combined Lamborghini and Toyota DNA to Create the Urus 86 Pickup for the Tokyo Auto Salon

We’ve been dreaming about a pickup truck version of the Lamborghini Urus ever since the luxury SUV broke cover, but we’re pretty sure the Italians won’t make one. Fortunately, the folks over at Nihon Automobile College in Japan created one for the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon. There’s a catch though, – it’s not exactly a Urus.

PostHeaderIcon The Toyota 86 TRD is in Los Angeles and it Tickled our Fast and Furious Spirit

The Toyota 86 is a clever way of getting in the two-door sports car club without breaking the bank and with the certainty that buckets of fun await you when you get hold of the keys. However, the nifty little runabout was never praised for its power output which is why we’ve been asking for years for more power. Toyota, finally, got up from its sleeping bag and offered the TRD Special Edition. What is its selling point? Improved handling.

Yes, the 86 TRD Special Edition didn’t really answer our prayers, but it builds on the car’s core strengths. The TRD package contains some of the goodies you can find on the European Performance Package that became available with the Club Series Blue Edition model as well as some other things, like a new exhaust, that is unique to this version

PostHeaderIcon Here Are the Cars Toyota Might Kill Off

Like every automaker that’s worth its salt, Toyota’s bottom line is the most important thing the company has to take care of. And, with the U.S. car market experiencing a shift in demand the likes of which we haven’t seen in a long time, the Japanese automaker is in the process of reviewing its entire U.S. lineup with the possibility of dumping nameplates or models that have become sales anchors on the market. A final decision isn’t expected to happen soon, but with the U.S. auto market getting dominated by SUVs and pickup trucks, Toyota’s model lineup could experience a dramatic shake-up in the near future.

PostHeaderIcon 10 Most Affordable New Sports Cars for 2018

Although it’s easy to get lost in the deluge of noise surrounding fully self-driving, electron-powered commuter bubbles, there’s still a strong number of gas-powered sports machines out there to enjoy. And we aren’t talking about six-figure unobtanium supercars either – nope, we’re talking about loads of driving goodness to be had in the far more reasonable $20k to $30k price range. As such, we put together the following list of the 10 Most Affordable Sports Cars on the market today.

Looking over the list, some of you out there will undoubtedly point out how several entries aren’t your typical “sports car,” whether it’s the body style, drivetrain layout, or both. Regardless, every single one of these models comes packed with maximum smiles per miles, and for a lightweight price tag to boot. As such, we’ve included a few hot hatchbacks, a rally car, and a few others that fall outside the traditional sports car spectrum. Of course, there’s plenty of RWD coupes in there as well, so fear not and read on.

Continue reading for the full list.

PostHeaderIcon Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition

The Toyota 86 is lovely little machine, offering the simple pleasure of a small, lightweight RWD coupe that’s still relatively affordable for the masses. We said as much in our Driving Impression review a few years back, and our opinion hasn’t changed – we’re still duly impressed by this car’s tossability and fun-loving attitude. Now, Toyota is offering a new limited-run TRD Special Edition, and it promises even sharper handling chops mated with an aggressive and unique aesthetic. And no – it doesn’t come with any extra power. So don’t ask.

Continue reading to learn more about Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition.

PostHeaderIcon Toyota 860 Special Edition

Ever since it arrived in 2012, the Toyota 86 has always been the sports car that had enough, but still left a lot of people wanting more. It’s the equivalent of a solid basketball team that’s one player away from being a true contender. Toyota knows all about this, but the measures by which it has addressed the issues of the 86 – never got more than an extra five horsepower in its life – has left the sports car in a continued state of just being “good enough.” Apparently, for the Japanese automaker, improvements come in the form of special edition models of the 86 and in the five years that it’s been around, it has had its fair share of SEs, including but not limited to the Blackline, the Yellow Limited, the Primo, and the Style CB. Now, we have the 860, the latest in a long line of special edition 86s that counts special trim and upgraded equipment as its two biggest selling points.

Say what you will about Toyota’s hesitance in ratcheting up the 86’s power and performance capabilities, but you can’t deny that the company isn’t trying to create plenty of differentiation for the sports car.

So what exactly can we expect from the 86 “860” Special Edition? Well, if you’re a fan of cosmetic upgrades and a spruced up interior that carries a long list of shiny new equipment, then you might want to stick around and see what Toyota has with its latest special edition 86. Remember, even without the extra power that we’ve long craved for, the 86 is still a good option for an entry-level sports car, provided of course that you get a trim that suits your style. With the 860 Special Edition, you’re going to get your fill of new additions. The only question is whether these additions are enough to make you want to pay extra for the chance to own the newest special edition 86 to come out of Toyota.

I’ll be honest; it’s hit or miss. But if somebody ends up liking, we’re not going to stop them from making that dive.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Toyota 86 “860 Special Edition”


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