Toyota 86 review video

Toyota 86 review (Video)

Score: 7 out of 10 (very unexpected good)

The good:

  • Rear wheel drive
  • Perfect handling
  • Engine: flat 4 boxer unit (resulting low mount and very low center of gravity)
  • No turbo charge: no lag in power delivery
  • Perfect car to learn drifting: you can easily go into controlled drift at 40-50km/h (city speed limit)
  • Mechanical handbrake 

The bad:

  • Don’t fool yourself: you will get tickets
  • Expect to be the first to be pulled over by random police checks: the car is screaming “street racer”
  • Not a track car


The car was clearly engineered with a principle “only essentials”. There is no electric seat adjustment, no steering wheel control buttons, the radio is basic. The only “extras” in this car are aircon, cruise control and USB.

Toyota 86 specs:

  • 200 hp flat 4 boxer engine
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Weight 1’180-1’350kg
  • MSRP from 29’950 US$ (USA)

Top Gear (Jeremy’s take)