2018 Toyota 86 Brings Back The RWD Sportscar

Looking at the Toyota 86, you may be forgiven if you think that you’ve seen it somewhere else; it’s also known as the Subaru BRZ and the Scion FR-S, although of course, the Scion is no longer with us.

This next generation model was unveiled to the crowds of the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK – an event that has steadily built a worldwide reputation for both the events taking place (F1 cars, Pike’s Peak cars, hypercars etc all taking on the famous Goodwood hill) and the brands or cars that exhibit there.

Release date and Price Information

Some information has been released by Toyota regarding the 2018 Toyota 86, but the release date isn’t part of that. However, we do know that Toyota intend to release the 86 in time for the 2018 model year, so expect to see it in the showrooms late 2017.

Despite being in a relatively non-competitive market, we believe that the Toyota / Subaru model will be priced on the lower side, considering the dynamics of the car … expect to pay in the region of $27,000 for the base model.

What Design Changes Could We Expect?

First up, we should see a small increase in power from the flat-four 2.0 liter motor – around 205 BHP. While that doesn’t sound like it will really light a fire under you, it must be remembered that this is a naturally aspirated motor, so 100+ BHP per liter is good. Power will be sent to the rear wheels via a 6-speed semi-auto transmission with well-designed shift paddles behind the steering wheel.

The 2018 Toyota 86 Will Be Well Equipped

The base model comes pretty well equipped, the only real thing that it lacks is leather upholstery, although of course, that is an option. Standard equipment includes cruise control, LED lighting (front and rear), heated mirrors, alloy pedals, hill start control, Bluetooth, DAB radio and keyless GO. The higher spec models get heated seats, leather & alcantara and navigation with a 4.2” screen.

Outside, the 86 has received a few updates also, including completely restyled bumpers, larger front grille, LED lighting all round, revised rear spoiler and front splitter. There have also been a few mechanical upgrades including updated suspension and steering, giving the car a better feel and improving the ride quality as well as road holding.

The combination of Toyota and Subaru have brought together some great engineering, resulting in a car that although it’s well priced, feels solidly engineered and something that will go on for a long time.

2017-05-23 by Luke Widmeyer