Why You’ll Love Driving the 2017 Toyota 86
Later this fall, expect a facelift for Toyota dealerships across the area. The late Scion FR-S has been reincarnated as the Toyota 86. While the two vehicles have a similar flare, this Toyota sports car is already making a name for itself. See for yourself what makes this race car a force to be reckoned with.
Equipped with a six-speed transmission, the 86 accelerates like a boss and gets good gas mileage at the same time. For those wanting the feel of a manual without having to work the extra pedal, the gear-select lever or steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters will do the trick. A manual version is available also for drivers who love the full body experience. The 2.0-liter, 205-horsepower engine rides low on the body of the vehicle to increase balance and performance. In manual vehicles the engine decreases friction and pumping loss, optimizing the power curve.
The car’s namesake, AE86 Hachi Roku Corolla, was a racing legend on the streets. This new 86 lives up to its heritage, pulling out all the stops to give drivers a run for their money. Light and strong construction of this vehicle makes maneuvering it a cinch and reduces unwanted noise and vibrations. A sport-tuned suspension allows the 86 to make sharp turns easily with increased traction. Vehicle Stability Control Track Mode gives you free reign to test the limits of the automobile before the automated system gently guides you to your intended driving path.
The aerodynamics of this monster bring the drag coefficient to .27. The heavy decline of the hood keeps the front of the vehicle close to the ground to increase stability. Available LED foglights add an extra level of safety in case of inclement weather, and Daytime Running Lights, also LED, give the front end a sporty look. Vortex generators direct turbulent airflow and stabilize the hot rod. Meanwhile, its chrome-tipped exhaust pipes cheer, “Eat my dust!”
The 86 logo flaunts itself over the glove box while the suede-like seats show its stylish side. An ergonomic, leather wrapped steering wheel allows you to slide into curves easily while using the audio controls to select your favorite racing jams. Fold-down 60-40 rear seats allow this car to easily transition from a four passenger auto to a spacious two-seater.
When you drive a sports car, safety ranks high on the priority list. You want precision on the road and protection on the track. Fortunately, the 2017 Toyota 86 comes with an impressive safety package. Hill Start Assist Control comes standard and prevents rollback when accelerating from a stop. The Star Safety System combines six safety features, including Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Brake Assist, and Electronic Brake-Force Distribution. Smart Stop Technology limits engine power if the gas and brake pedals are pressed down simultaneously.
The Toyota name is known for dependability and endurance, which is what most people want in a sports car. This vehicle provides style that will be appreciated on the road and a powertrain that can battle competitors on the race track.