The Toyota 86 – Now even better…
The Toyota 86 sports car has become a halo model and a symbol that demonstrates Toyota’s commitment to ‘waku doki’ – designing and engineering cars that really get your heart pumping. It has gone a long way to help generate excitement in the Toyota brand with an influx of new, younger customers, including first-time buyers, who may never previously have considered a Toyota. And it is still South Africa’s most affordable sports car.
Toyota has dialled up the sheer driving fun and razor-sharp handling of the Toyota 86 by introducing subtle under-the-skin refinements across the range as well as debuting an all-new Limited Edition model. As an affordable sports car that is all about driver involvement, and its chief engineer is passionate about constantly evolving and enhancing this aspect of its appeal. This clever fine-tuning of the universally acclaimed dynamics of the car will ensure its handling responsiveness is even more closely attuned to the driver’s intentions.
Dynamic enhancements Enthusiastic drivers will appreciate the fine-tuning that delivers a more rigid suspension setup for even better handling response and steering feel while also enhancing ride quality.
The car’s global chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, met the often-competing targets for a smoother ride and sharper handling by revising the way suspension components are attached to the chassis. Tada decreased body roll and increased handling stability and response by specifying new suspension mounts and adopting lower-friction oil, oil seals and guide bushings.
He re-tuned the shock absorbers and refined their characteristics, focusing on the initial movement and when the vehicle is operating at its limits or on wet roads.
Aesthetic and aerodynamic upgrades
For the exterior, High and Limited Edition models now come standard with Daytime Running Lights. On the aerodynamic front, a shark fin antenna is standard fitment across the range, replacing the bee-sting aerial. Another aerodynamic aid which is exclusively fitted to High models is the neatly integrated boot spoiler. A much smaller unit than the one fitted to the Limited Edition it nevertheless does an admirable job of reducing drag and improving high-speed stability while enhancing the aesthetics of the 86.
When the Toyota 86 burst onto the local market in 2012 it was widely applauded for its affordability and good levels of standard kit. For 2014 all 86 models have been upgraded to an all-new display audio system with full Bluetooth functionality. Fully integrated SatNav is available as an optional extra.
Toyota has also taken the opportunity to introduce a moulded boot cover to neatly camouflage the full-size spare wheel. Not only is this cosmetically more attractive, but it also means that items can be neatly stowed in the boot without fear of being soiled by the spare tyre.
All-new Limited Edition Appropriately, just 86 examples will be available in South Africa. Creating a new halo model for the 2+2 coupe range, the new Limited Edition will be available exclusively as a six-speed manual in a choice of two colours: Pearl White and 86 Red.
The focus is on sports styling with the aim of amplifying essential performance and handling characteristics. The external package includes deep front and side skirts, a rear bumper spoiler (a very prominent wing) and Limited Edition nomenclature.
The interior décor of the Limited Edition is strikingly punctuated with red accents on the steering wheel, gear lever, hand brake and door panels.
This model also gets striking combination black and red Alcantara leather sports seats.
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