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Toyota 86 pricing*

86 GT manual $29,990*
86 GT automatic $32,490*
86 GTS manual $35,490*
86 GTS automatic $37,990*

Toyota 86 released

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24th June, 2012

Toyota Australia has dramatically redefined the concept of an affordable sports car with the local arrival of its eagerly anticipated 86 coupe.

Designed to delight driving enthusiasts, the compact and aerodynamic four-seater sports car is priced from an amazingly low $29,990*.

The 86 marks a return to Toyota's sporting past with the world's only combination of a front-mounted, free-revving, horizontally opposed "boxer" petrol engine and rear-wheel drive. This unique powertrain format, combined with a compact design, light weight and a low centre of gravity, produces the best possible power-to-weight ratio. These attributes will reward 86 owners with maximum driving pleasure - lively, accessible performance and highly engaging dynamic abilities with minimal electronic intrusion.

Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Matthew Callachor said Toyota was determined to ensure the great handling and performance of the 86 would not come with a hefty price tag.

"The 86 is meant to be enjoyed by as many driving enthusiasts as possible, and our pricing will extend its appeal to people who never imagined they could afford such a fun car," Mr Callachor said.

"Toyota has created something that people have wanted, but didn't exist - a compact, light, basic sports car with balance and handling rated in the same league as some legendary sports cars," he said.

"The 86 will serve as a halo car for Toyota, expanding the brand into a new dimension of driving performance."

"It is a game-changer, demonstrating Toyota's commitment to 'waku doki' - designing and engineering cars that really get your heart pumping."

The Toyota 86 is the result of a joint development between Toyota and Subaru, bringing together the best of each company's technical know-how and their mutual passion for sports cars.

The stylish four-seater draws on Toyota's sports-car heritage - including the Supra, MR2, Celica GT-Four and the legendary 2000GT - to bring on a modern day connection between driver and car.

Toyota is offering the 86 in two grades - GT and GTS - both powered by a newly developed 2.0-litre flat-four engine that revs freely to 7,450 rpm and has a high compression ratio of 12.5:1. Toyota's D-4S direct-injection technology increases throttle response, power and torque over a wide range of engine speeds without sacrificing fuel efficiency and environmental performance.

Maximum power of 147 kW - equivalent to 100 hp per litre - and peak torque of 205 Nm ensure brisk and engaging performance.

The flat-four engine combines with the lowest driver hip-point of any Toyota production vehicle, 400 mm, to give the 86 an ultra-low centre of gravity of just 460 mm - in the league of cars such as the Porsche Cayman.

Both the powertrain and driving position have been set as low and as far back as possible to optimise balance, giving the car a near-perfect 53:47 weight distribution.

Fuel economy is remarkable for a sports car - 7.8 litres/100 km for manual variants - and even better for automatic versions at just 7.1 litres/100 km (combined cycle). CO2 emissions are, on the combined cycle, 164 grams/km (auto) and 181 grams/km (manual).

Comprehensive weight-saving measures, resulting in a kerb weight of just 1,222 kg, have contributed to handling and economy as well as a power-to-weight ratio of 120 kW/tonne.

The Toyota-designed six-speed manual gearbox offers quick, precise shifting through closely stacked ratios and a tactile "flick-of-the-wrist" short-throw lever.

A new Lexus IS-F-inspired six-speed automatic transmission, with shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel, combines direct response with an extremely fast shifting speed of only 0.2 seconds.

A blipping downshift control automatically revs the engine for extremely smooth and rapid changes down through the gears.

For added driver enjoyment, the smooth-revving engine sound is channelled directly into the cabin via a sound generator - the first system of this type to be used in a Toyota.

Power is distributed to the rear wheels via a Torsen limited-slip differential (except in auto GT), optimising traction and grip under all driving conditions.

The Toyoya 86 features an aerodynamic and stylish body design built around a low, highly compact chassis for optimum handling and performance. It has a well-planted, sporting stance: it is wider than a Toyota Rukus, its overall length and wheelbase are shorter than a Corolla hatch, and its roof height is lower than a three-door Yaris.

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Standard equipment includes seven airbags, a five-mode stability control system, traction control, anti-skid brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, air-conditioning, CD sound system, daytime running lamps (DRLs) and a multi-information display.

The 86 GTS has 17-inch alloy wheels, a 6.1-inch display screen, satellite navigation with live traffic updates, auto-levelling HID headlamps, leather-accented front seats, dual-zone climate-control air-conditioning, aluminium pedals, LED DRLs and red stitching highlights. The GTS is priced from $35,490*.

Automatic transmission costs an extra $2,500 on both grades.

Toyota has enhanced the unique identity of its new sports car by making a subtle yet distinct T-mesh pattern in the front grille, door-switch base, instrument panel, meters, triangular rear-centre foglamp and spare-wheel cover.

The 86 also incorporates numerous exclusive sporting details through both the exterior and interior, including a conrod motif to the HID headlamps, twin exhausts, instrument dials, air vents and gear-lever base.

Mounted on the car's front mudguard is the 86 piston logo, based on the car's unique front boxer engine, rear-wheel drive powertrain format.

The 86 is the third all-new addition to the Toyota range this year (as distinct from a replacement model), following the Prius C and Prius V.

Like all new Toyota vehicles, the 86 is covered by the capped-price servicing plan, Toyota Service Advantage, with up to four scheduled services at just $170 each^. Conditions apply. (copyright image)

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Toyota 86 GTS


Toyota 86 has a dynamic, quality interior with features that maximise driver engagement. Designers trimmed unnecessary space to provide a snug, cosseting cabin environment. It has a front-rear couple distance of 700 mm which ensures the minimal amount of space for the rear seats, as befitting a compact 2+2 sports car.

The front seats have a hip point of just 400 mm.

Seat materials were specially chosen for their light weight, strength, durability, breatheability and non-slip qualities to enhance sporty driving.

The high grade GTS has leather-accented front-seats with Alcantara fabric inserts. In addition, the GTS seats are embossed with the signature T-mesh pattern, which also appears on the instrumentation, climate control panel and door switch base. T-mesh evokes Toyota's rich sports car history while providing a dynamic, high-tech appearance.

The main seat and sides of the GT grade seats (including shoulder supports) are trimmed in a soft fabric known as Prosuena. The predominantly black interior features contrasting colours and materials to provide a sense of sportiness and quality craftsmanship.

Switch panels on the door trims are angled towards occupants and easy-to-use door grips enhance cabin operability.

The door handles were also specially positioned to enable fitment of a roll cage for track use.

High grade GTS comes with a knee pad to provide additional support and maintain driver pedal control under high lateral loads.

The centre console height was designed to prevent interference with the driver's arm when shifting gears. An optional removable cup holder can be set in a backward position to prevent drinks from obstructing the driver's arm movement during shifting.

On both grades, the centre console has a VSC (vehicle stability control) off switch, SNOW/SPORT switch (automatic transmission only) and VSC SPORT switch.

Toyota 86 GTS comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate controlled air conditioning.

The centre instrument panel of the 86 GTS also has an engine stop/start switch.

Front seat heater controls are located in the centre console behind the VSC switches.

GT grade comes with manual air conditioning.

THE 12V/120W accessory sockets are located in the centre console and glove box on both grades.

All-new engine

The Toyota 86 sports car engine is all new and combines the leading-edge technologies of Toyota and Subaru.

The two-litre engine is Toyota's first volume-production four-cylinder horizontally opposed engine, helping to give 86 its low centre of gravity. It has the highest specific power output and the highest operating revolutions in the Toyota range.

It delivers 147 kW of power at 7,000 rpm and 205 Nm of torque at 6,400 to 6,600 rpm on 98-RON fuel, with a maximum engine speed of 7,450 rpm.

Toyota chose natural aspiration for 86 to optimise acceleration response - the 'connection' between throttle application and power to the rear wheels.

It has a 'square' bore and stroke relationship of 86mm by 86mm for a combination of optimum balance, high power and torque, high revolutions and optimum fuel economy. The compression ratio is 12.5:1 for maximum performance across the revolution range.

Special features include a system to optimise the engine induction sound heard in the cabin, providing a linear intake sound in response to throttle application. The intake system includes a sound maker and a damper, with a thin rubber tube to carry intake pulsations to the cabin. When the intake pulsations reach the sound maker, the damper resonates at certain frequencies to optimise the intake sound heard within the cabin. Various sound levels are produced, based on the driver's throttle inputs. City driving produces a pleasant, stress-free sound, while wide-open throttle acceleration produces a true sports-car sound.

The engine has a 'boxer' type crank pin arrangement in which the opposing pistons move in and out together. The crank pins are 50mm in diameter for optimum rigidity at high engine speeds.

Specifications such as the big-end bearing bolt size were reviewed according to the newly designed crank pin to ensure reliability at high revolutions. To raise the revolution limit the connecting rod shape and piston length have been optimised and the piston weight has been minimised.

Toyota 86 is first with dual injection

The two-litre horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine in 86 is the first in the world to combine Subaru's traditional 'boxer' lay out and Toyota's unique D-4S dual injection system.

The new 86 is the first Toyota in Australia with the D-4S system (Direct-injection 4-stroke gasoline engine Superior version), for optimum performance and fuel economy.

The Toyota D-4S system combines high-pressure direct injection into the combustion chamber and port injection into the intake port. It mixes and matches fuel delivery from the two sets of injectors to provide the ideal fuel/air mixture for all engine-load conditions.

The D-4S system boosts performance across the revolution range compared with a port-injection engine, boosting power by up to 10 kW and torque by up to 20 Nm.

The two injection systems have their own fuel supply systems: low pressure for the port injectors and high pressure for the direct injectors. Both systems are used when the engine is running under medium-to-high load at lower engine revolutions. This provides a homogeneous air-fuel mixture to stabilise combustion, improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

In high-load situations the engine uses the direct injection system only, taking advantage of the cooling effect of injecting fuel directly into the combustion chamber, and as a result improving the efficiency of each charge. The precise injection control also allows for a high compression ratio (12.5:1 in Toyota 86) by reducing the chance of pre-ignition or detonation.

When the engine is cold, the injection system uses both sets of injectors to ensure quick warm-up of the catalyst and therefore achieve optimum purification of exhaust emissions.

Transmission choices

Toyota 86 has the choice of two new transmissions developed by Aisin, part of the Toyota group of companies.

The two transmissions are a six-speed manual and a six-speed sequential automatic with highly responsive direct shift and automated throttle blips for down changes when in Sport mode. Both are matched to a performance 4.100:1 final drive ratio.

Toyota 86 GT manual and both 86 GTS models have a Toyota-produced Torsen limited-slip differential.

The 86 GTS automatic has the added feature of steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters.

The six-speed manual transmission is all new and designed for crisp movement and a precise, exhilarating shift feel. It has a short-throw shift lever and triple-cone synchromesh on the first three gears, for smooth shifting and increased durability. The manual transmission has a lightweight alloy bell housing and a smooth yet firm operation feel without unpleasant stiffness when gears engage. The gear-ratio spread combines driving and environmental performance, with ratios of: first, 3.626; second, 2.188; third, 1.541; fourth, 1.213; fifth, 1.000; sixth, 0.767; and reverse, 3.437.

The Toyota 86 automatic transmission provides direct, agile shifting - including IS F-style direct shift. Advanced transmission electronics provide for manual (M mode) shifting, auto-blipping on down changes and flex lock-up to save fuel. Flex lock-up is enabled from low speeds to provide a direct shift feeling with agile driving, while also minimising friction losses for improved fuel economy. Off-throttle flex lock-up has been adopted to expand the fuel-cut range to include lower vehicle speeds, further increasing fuel economy.

Toyota 86 drivers can use the downshift paddle shift in D-mode to increase engine braking.

The 86 automatic transmission has Sport and Snow modes.

It is water-cooled for increased reliability and durability. The ratios were chosen to combine strong acceleration from low speeds with excellent fuel economy when cruising. The ratios are: first, 3.538; second, 2.060; third, 1.404; fourth, 1.000; fifth, 0.713, sixth, 0.582; and reverse, 3.168.

Sport/Snow modes
Sport mode enables torque-converter lock-up from lower speeds, for more direct acceleration and shift feeling. It also heightens gear-change responsiveness and maximises acceleration in each gear. When combined with D-range, it prioritises vehicle response to driver throttle input. In M-range, it provides an even higher level of sporty driving. Snow mode adjusts throttle-valve opening to control acceleration characteristics on low-grip surfaces.

Toyota 86 pricing*

86 GT manual $29,990*
86 GT automatic $32,490*
86 GTS manual $35,490*
86 GTS automatic $37,990*

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.
^ Maximum payable for standard scheduled servicing (normal operating conditions) until first of 3 years or 60,000kms (up to the first 4 services). Excludes Government and Rental vehicles. Conditions apply.


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