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When the Toyota 86 first burst onto the scene to replace the Scion FR-S two years ago, performance focused drivers were beaming. The machine held steady in 2018, but as the new annum approaches the "86" gets an upgrade and a facelift to make it even more impressive. Now that it's on our Greater Vancouver lot, we can safely say that this vehicle was tailor-made for our region's road hungry drivers. Let's find out why.
Everything Vancouver's High Performance Drivers Need to Know About the 2019 Toyota 86
It's a Sports Car in Every Sense of the Word
A lot of new vehicles on the market today dabble with the concept of being a "catch all", offering a Sport Mode for drivers that want to add a little extra excitement to their experience when the weekend comes. This isn't the Toyota 86. Instead, it is the ultimate sports car through and through, make no bones about it.
The responsive 2 L Boxer engine (w/205 horsepower22 and 156 lb.-ft. of torque) and short-throw 6-speed manual transmission (or available paddle-shifting 6-speed automatic) deliver thrills unlike any other vehicle in its class. This set-up equates both a smooth ride on the open highway while remaining locked and loaded to climb high elevations (i.e. Sea to Sky or the Coquihalla Highway) at a moment's notice thanks to standard Hill Start Assist Control. And when on the track, you'll dig the exclusive Vehicle Stability Control Track Mode which lets you push performance limits into uncharted territory. In the end, we're talking 7200 rpm redline, the maximum engine speed at which an internal combustion engine (or traction motor and its components) are designed to operate without resulting in damage to its components
It's Got a Smokin' Hot Body
What goes on under the hood is important to driving performance, but everything that surrounds it is too. The sport-tuned suspension manufactured 86 is the perfect summation of that statement, as smart design and groundbreaking high-strength materials have been incorporated to usher in a body that is both light and strong, a juxtaposition (so to speak) that boosts efficiency and overall performance. Attention to detail in this capacity is second to none, something that is made evident by the fact that designers placed the 2 liter Boxer engine low to the ground in order to optimize the center of gravity and front/rear weight distribution.
The 86's sculpted shape has been skillfully crafted to offer a wind-cheating drag coefficient of just .29 Cd (the Ferrari LaFerrari has a .30 Cd). The front end spoiler and integrated canards assist in keeping the face of the 86 firmly planted to the road for a sharper turn-in and response while helping to control turbulent airflow. Even features such as the chrome-tipped dual exhaust are for so much more than show, as the high-grade stainless steel exhaust system with mandrel bends creates smoother airflow and contribute to overall optimized performance.
The GT Option
In 2019, Toyota is offering the Toyota 86 GT. Allow us a moment to break from political correctness to state that this rendition is the 86 on steroids!
The GT model delivers an unprecedented driver-centric cabin, complete with a distinctive instrument panel that features toggle-style switches and a Push Button Start. While seated comfortably in your vessel, you'll salivate over the GT's standard yet sexy 4.2-inch TFT Multi-Information Display which allows you to monitor essential (to you) performance data such as lap times, horsepower/torque curves, and a G-force friction circle. That's right, the vehicle is built for the track as much as it the roads and highways surrounding VanCity.
As if to know that you must absolutely look the part when impressing on the roads of the Lower Mainland, the GT comes standard with a rear wing (so much more than a spoiler) that not only figures into the beast's functional aerodynamics, it simply looks awesome. The standard rear wing is complemented by LED fog lights and color-keyed exterior mirrors. Bystanders would be snapping pictures of your 86 GT if you weren't zipping by them so fast.
The TRD Special Edition
As if the GT update wasn't enough for 2019, the engineers at Toyota Racing Development went ahead and dropped the TRD Special Edition on all of the road warriors out there. This machine gives you race-inspired Brembo brakes and an upgraded sport suspension in addition to 4-piston front/2-piston rear brake calipers, coupled with 12.8-inch front and 12.4-inch rear rotors for ramped up stopping power. The SACHS performance dampers help the 86 TRD grip the pavement without adding speed-constraining weight. The vehicle's powerful soundtrack is played via a stainless steel dual cat-back performance exhaust system featuring a wide-diameter. On the outside, the TRD sets an intimidating tone with Raven Black paint and exclusive TRD decals to complete the pronounced aerodynamic lower body kit and special 18-inch machined alloy wheels. The interior also lets all who enter know what the TRD is about, where aggressive red interior accents such as red seat belts, red trim details, and red stitching deliver a devilish twist. Get ready to ride!
The 86 Brings It on the Inside Too
You don't need to roll with the GT or TRD to enjoy a statement making interior, as the standard 86 puts any other brand's special editions to shame.
Sophisticated but daring Granlux trim wraps accents are found on the 86's dash, door panels and upper-seat bolsters, while aluminum sport pedals/gauges with a very big center tachometer further convey the vehicle's replete commitment to performance. The standard tech features within controls conveyed via a large 7-inch touchscreen display are equally impressive, including Bluetooth connectivity, eight speakers, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port with iPhone connectivity and control, voice recognition with voice training, hands-free phone capability, music streaming, and an integrated backup camera.
We may have dedicated over a 1000-words to describe the new 2019 Toyota 86, but even then it's not enough. The only way to appreciate all that this high-performance machine delivers, is to come on down to our Greater Vancouver dealership and give it a test drive. Contact Westminster Toyota today to make it happen.