The much-anticipated Toyota 86 is set for its local debut come July. With a base price of just R298500 (standard model), the two-door 2+2 Toyota 86 will be one of the most affordable sports cars on the market, and will, undoubtedly poach buyers from the hot hatch segment.
The higher specced models will be equipped with the choice of manual or six-speed auto with paddle shifts, exclusive trimming, Smart Start keyless entry, leather/alcantara upholstery, climate control and 17-inch wheels. The 86 High manual will set you back R329400 while the 86 High six-speed auto will cost R346500. All models come with a handy four-year/60 000km service plan as standard.
The heart of the 86 comprises the newly-developed Subaru naturally aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer mill, which is the first horizontally opposed engine configuration Toyota has ever employed. Mated with Toyota’s Direct Injection four-stroke fueling system the humble 2.0-litre cranks out pretty impressive power figures – 147kW @ 7000rpm and 205Nm @ 6600rpm.
Be sure to check out driving impressions and full road test report in our up-coming issues.