The people at Toyota have allied with their rivals Subaru to create the new affordable Toyota 86 Coupe. The issues that you would have with two companies joining forces, are the same when you mate two dog breeds. You get a mutt.
Now I’m not going to say that this car is far from good, it just depends who the audience is. I’m happy to say this car is for the young ‘P’ plater generation. It is non turbo (so they are allowed to drive it), rear wheel drive (so they can pretend they are Tokyo drifters) and a low centre of gravity ‘boxer’ engine (so they can say it’s practically a Porsche 911).
The difference between a Louis Vuitton bag and a Zara bag is one thing… quality! Though they may look the same, the fit and finish is far from similar. The same goes with the Toyota, thought to be a symbol of quality, this car is fit and finished like a South Korean car manufacturer on strike. Simply simple and cheap-ish.
Again not to say it’s a bad thing, it all goes in making this car affordable to the masses. It’s not as great as the Supra and its definitely not as good as good as the iconic original Toyota 86.
At 147kW and 205Nm of pulling power, the engine is not exactly sporty… but you and I know that there is a turbo charger in this cars future, and I am patiently waiting to write another review and I’m sure it’ll be better than this Toyota 86 Coupe Review. (JY)