As you already know, the Scion brand has been dead for quite some time now; however, not all members of the group went down with the brand. One of the models that survived is the Scion FR-S which has since adopted a new name. Now known as the Toyota 86, the model is the cheapest sports car you can get with a Toyota logo. The 86 shares the same DNA with the Subaru BRZ sports car (the two are a product of a joint venture between the two Japanese automakers). Despite its affordable price tag, the 2018 Toyota 86 offers a smooth drive as well as superb performance. The 86 gives many Toyota enthusiasts a chance to own an affordable sports car. The car comes with a host of modern upgrades and safety features to enhance safety of passengers.
2018 Toyota 86 Exterior
The Toyota 86 retains the all-familiar exterior styling of the FR-S. The 86 still comes with a long engine hood and a short rear deck. Overall, the body looks elegant and is very aerodynamic with a coefficient of drag of 0.29. The front chin spoiler has been revised to include canards that enhance down-force at the front. The headlights integrate LED DRLs which come with a special design that enhance the model’s appearance.
The front bumper has also been revised and is integrated with LED fog lights to help the driver see the road better at night. The rear diffuser has also been revised. The rear features an innovative design of the taillights to give the sports car a cool aura that many young enthusiasts will find interesting. Still, at the rear, you will definitely be awed by the double exhaust tips finished in chrome, I also understand that the exhaust system is made of stainless steel and its designed to enhance the model’s fuel efficiency.
The cabin of the 2018 Toyota 86 has a cool aura; it is designed to satisfy the needs of young buyers. The cabin also looks more elegant courtesy of the new Granlux trim that adds elegant accenting on the door panels, headrests and on the control panel. The seats have a silver contrast stitching that also adds to the premium feel. The model also features aluminum sports pedals. There is also a 7.0-inch infotainment system. Other cool features include a rear camera, Bluetooth connection as well as an impressive sound system.
The model’s steering wheel is wrapped in leather to enhance grip, particularly during spirited maneuvers. The steering wheel has a quick-ratio steering that enables for quicker but stable cornering. Controls of the audio system have been well located to ensure the driver does not remove his eyes from the road when using the controls.
For safety, the front seats are deeply reinforced to securely hold passengers in position. In addition, the 2018 Toyota 86 features the Star Security System as standard. This system features traction control, stability control, brake assist, electronic brake-force circulation and anti-lock brake systems. The sports car also features 6 airbags to enhance the safety of the passengers.
Engine and performance
The 2018 Toyota 86 still retains the engine that used to power it as a Scion; the unit is a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder that produces 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. The engine is also pretty economical which is great for the young buyers who are the main targets. The sports car is EPA rated at 21 mpg in city and 28 mpg on highway drives.
Price and release date
The model is expected to hit dealerships before the end of the year or early next year. As for the price, the model will have an MSRP of around $28,000.
The Chevrolet Camaro, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Subaru BRZ, Fiat 124 Spider and Volkswagen Golf GTI are the main rivals of the 2018 Toyota 86.