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Toyota to Release Special Edition 86 with Notable Improvements

March 13, 2017 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , ,

Toyota put together a special edition of its 86 sports car, known as the Toyota 860. It’s an improved variation with nicer features, performance enhancements and some aesthetic improvements to help it really stand out. Just 860 copies of the sports car will be produced, they’ll be split between orange and white paint jobs, and they’ll be sold throughout the month of April. Below is an overview of what the special car has to offer and why it’s worth the added price tag over the base 86.

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Improved Looks

The car gets quite a few improvements all around, but there were a couple different changes to spice up its look. The first is transformed fascia at the front and rear of the vehicle. There are also restyled vents around the fenders that give a slightly more aggressive look to the front end while still supplying air to help cool the brake system. The 860 also comes with a thin spoiler at the rear, similar that was comes on the European Toyota 86. It also comes with a set of 17 wheels coated in black chrome and some LED fog lights to help modernize the look even more. Overall this special edition looks very similar to the base model, with a few nice improvements that really do stand out.

Sports Information Output

It’s clear that these special editions of the 86 are meant for driving enthusiasts, which is why they come standard with a 4.2″ display showing off sports specs like horsepower, temperatures for coolant and oil, a g-force meter and a stop watch to measure your sprints and lap times. It’s a pretty cool little package that helps the 860 standout.

Improved Comfort

The Toyota 860 comes with heated seats up front, a smaller steering wheel, leather seats, and a leather wrapped shifter and hand brake. There’s also heated mirrors to give you a nice clear view on freezing days, and there is dual-zone climate control to keep everyone comfortable during a ride. There’s also push-button start, giving it a more modern feel within.

Performance Enhancements

All the tech and appearance enhancements are nice, but it wouldn’t be a sports car special edition without at least a few performance enhancements as well. The Toyota 860 comes with a handful of improvements that should help the way that it rides, making it into a more fun and reliable vehicle to take around corners at speed. It comes with an underbody panel to improve aerodynamics. The car has a stiffer chassis that responds to fast direction changes a bit more capably. It’s offered in both manual or automatic transmissions, and both are fitted with a six-speed. The manual transmission adds on 5 horsepower and the automatic comes with paddle shifters and rev management technology to give you a sporty feel when you want it and convenient handling when you don’t. Overall the Toyota 860 is a capable vehicle and it has a lot to offer compared to the stock model.



Highlights of the 2017 Toyota 86

October 3, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , ,

Well the Toyota 86 has been out for awhile, and we’ve taken the time to test out the vehicle. I’m not going to say that it’s a revolutionary vehicle, or that it’s a perfect sports car, but it does have some nice improvements since when it was the Scion FR-S, and it’s a lot of fun to drive around. Here are some highlights of the vehicle experience.


It’s a Whole lot of Fun

The Toyota 86 is great fun when taken on backgrounds with plenty of twists and turns. It’s well-balanced and offers very direct steering. While it performs beautifully out on most roads, the car is pretty much the same as the Scion FR-S. It relies on the same general mechanics, and

The Manual is the Way to Go

One of the biggest perks of the Toyota 86 is that it comes with a manual transmission and it’s a blast to use. This transmission shifts smoothly, the shifter is highly ergonomic in the hand, and the vehicle gets a 5 HP boost to 205 HP, making it slightly more powerful than the automatic transmission option. For any driver that wants to maximize their experience, there’s really no better option than a manual transmission. The automatic does offer a higher fuel economy with 24/32 MPG while the manual only offers 21/28 MPG, but the added entertainment is worth the loss in fuel in my opinion.

More Comfortable Performance

With adjusted spring rates, and damping around the vehicle, and a more robust anti-roll bar, the Toyota 86 feels more grounded and capable than the Scion FR-S. It offers improved handling over major bumps, and is just more stable overall.

A Nice Quality Interior

The Toyota 86 isn’t a luxury car, but it still looks and feels pretty nice inside. Most of the interior surfaces are covered by a suede-like material, and running your hand along any surface feels much better than plastic would. The steering wheel is a bit thinner than in the FR-S, and there are audio controls mounted on it that weren’t present before. Overall the 86 is comfortable and feels sporty up front without being over the top.

The Toyota 86 isn’t a crazy sports car, and it isn’t priced like one either. At around $27,000 it’s quite affordable and a pretty decent little sports car for someone looking for a more engaging ride. Sure it’s not packed with power at right around 200 HP, but it’s not slow either. It’s satisfying to drive around, and a lot of fun when you opt for the manual version.

The FR-S Lives on as the Toyota 86

August 24, 2016 lacarguy FR-S, Scion, Toyota Tags: , , , , ,

Well the Scion FR-S is no more. I know it’s a sad day for auto enthusiasts, but there’s no reason to cry. The model will live on under another badge, the Toyota 86! That’s right, Toyota is nearing the launch of a 2017 performance model under the badge of Toyota 86, and it looks to be an improved version of the FR-S that drivers are really going to enjoy. Sure it’ll set you back a bit more than the FR-S would have, but you’ll also get more for your money than Scion buyers did.

A Bump in Cost

While making the transformation from the Scion FR-S to the Toyota 86, the car became more expensive. The standard model will be about $950 more than it was as the Scion FRs and the Automatic model will cost around $570 more than the automatic FR-S did in 2016.


While making the transformation from the Scion FR-S to the Toyota 86, the car is receiving quite a few enhancements that are worth taking note of. It’s getting more aggressive styling, it will receive a few handling enhancements to make it more exciting to drive around and the car is even getting a bit more power during the transformation. Between all those changes the Toyota 86 should be worth taking a look at and really considering if you were a fan of the FR-S.

The vehicle comes with a new set of shocks and tune-adjusted springs that should perform better during aggressive driving. It comes standard with a Hill Start Assist Control mode, and will be offered in both manual and automatic variations, which is excellent for all you manual enthusiasts out there.

Overall the Toyota 86 is an exciting vehicle that offers many of the same benefits and features that the Scion FR-S had going for it. Sure it’s rebadged and it has a new name, but it’s the same reliable and high-performance vehicle. If you’re interested in a high-powered Toyota coupe, the 86 is probably the best that you are going to get, and it’s pretty darned good. It’s hard to say if the name change is good or bad for the sports car, but it will be pretty cool to own the first of a new line of cars, and that’s exactly what buyers of the 2017 Toyota 86 will be seen as.

The 2017 Toyota 86 Shows Itself

July 6, 2016 lacarguy Uncategorized Tags: , , ,

The all-new Toyota 86 just recently made its appearance to the public, and Toyota Racing Development is already showing off an extensive body kit for interested buyers looking for an even edgier appearance. The body kit helps bring the sporty coupe to the next level with some very sharp features that are hard to ignore.

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The Kit

The front end of the 86 comes with an even more extended front splitter dressed up in black. The group also added on a set of daytime running LEDs to help dress up the car. The rear of the vehicle is enhanced by a lip spoiler that wraps around the back edge of the boot. The bumper has a whole new set of creases and bends designed to give it a more complex look than the standard 86 backend. The final standard item that comes with the set is a pair of quad exhaust pipes that go onto the back of the 86. They’re similar to an optional set that you can get from Toyota for the 86 right now, but they’re dressed up in chrome.

Additional Goodies

If all those changes aren’t enough for you, there are a bunch of additional items that you can add on to the 86 as well. You can choose between 18-inch aluminum wheels or between two 17-inch options, one from SARD and the other from TOM’s. There’s also a massive carbon fiber wing that you can add on to the car if you really want to give it that hardcore racecar look.

Functional Enhancements

While most of the above features are just for looks, other than the daytime lights and the spoilers, there are several functional improvements that you can add to the 86 as well. There is a set of adjustable coilovers you can use to change the way the suspension performs. There are also a bunch of underbody brace options to help stiffen up the ride even more, and a front tower brace that you can add as well.

For the moment this body kit is only an option through Japanese car dealerships, but it’s very likely that the option is going to spread to other countries in the near future, giving you the ability to really customize your ride.

Toyota Shows off the New 86

March 28, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , ,

What was once known as the Scion FRS has now become the Toyota 86 and it’s an exciting new take on the vehicle with quite a few enhancements over the 2016 FRS. Toyota brought the vehicle with them to the 2016 NY Auto Show and showed it off to the world in all its glory.

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More Power

Toyota enhanced the vehicle’s horsepower by 5 bringing it to 205 HP and improved on its torque as well. While the vehicle won’t feel significantly more powerful because of these two enhancements it’s nice to see the power curve moving in the right direction rather than regressing like some new vehicles do.

Edgy Exterior

Adding to the power wasn’t enough for the transformation to the Toyota 86 though, the automaker also redid the exterior to make it more aggressive. The automaker added on LED headlights and a changed up front bumper giving it an angry frown. It still carries the high class look of the Scion FRS, but looks more menacing overall.

Improved Interior

Climbing inside, one of the biggest improvements to the 86 was the addition of audio controls to the steering wheel. Scion FRS fans will rejoice when test-driving the vehicle when they notice the convenient new controls that were non-existent in older models. The seats have been improved with new seat fabric as well to give them a more sporty look overall.

If you’re in the market for a classy, and yet affordable rear-wheel drive sports vehicle, the Toyota 86 could be just the thing for you. It’s still built on that reliable and powerful Scion FRS framework, but with some nice improvements.