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Toyota 86 2.0 Std MT
Toyota 86 2.0 High MT
Toyota 86 2.0 High AT
Every now and then a car comes along that resets the bar… the Toyota 86 is exactly that kind of car.
In the words of Kerry Roodt, General Manager of Marketing Communications for Toyota SA Motors, “the 86 has become a halo model that demonstrates the company’s commitment to ‘waku doki’ – designing and engineering cars that really get your heart pumping.
“Without a doubt the 86 has helped generate excitement in the brand with an influx of new, younger customers, including first-time buyers, who may never previously have considered a Toyota.”
This is clearly reflected in the 86’s sales performance: since its debut in 2012 more than 1600 units have been retailed (from July 2012 to June 2014).
And, as Roodt points out, “the passion inside the company that led to the 86 is also resulting in more emotional styling and greater driving enjoyment in other Toyota vehicles such as the latest generations of RAV4, Corolla and the soon-to-be-launched, face-lifted Yaris.”
Throughout thousands of man-hours spent overcoming hundreds of development challenges, Tada fought tooth and nail for three key elements in the 86: a rear-wheel drive format, no turbocharging and ordinary tyres.
The results are nothing short of astounding. Shunning a heavy, large displacement powertrain for its performance, the 86 returns to Toyota’s sporting roots with the world’s only combination of a compact, front-mounted, naturally aspirated, free-revving, horizontally opposed ‘boxer’ petrol engine and, of course, rear-wheel drive.
You’d have to fork out vast sums of money to get something to rival the handling prowess of the 86, and then you would have to be going at twice the speed to feel the incredible adjustability of the chassis. Instead, for a little over R300 000, you can get behind the wheel of the Toyota 86, a car that is re-defining how we view the bona fide sports car. Conceived to focus specifically on the purity of the classic sports car experience, the 86 inherits the spirit of former Toyota sports cars to reward drivers with pure, unadulterated fun.