The 86 had one of the simplest briefs: design a car that delivers maximum fun at minimum cost. And that’s exactly what Chief Design Engineer, Tetsuya Tada, did. In his opinion, unlike many contemporary sports cars that have diluted the essence of driving by bolting on big turbos, big tyres and four-wheel drive, the 86 has kept it simple.
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.