Last year was the first year that the Toyota 86 was available here in North America. Well, that’s not entirely true. It was available before that but under a different name, the Scion FR-S. When the Scion brand was shut down, Toyota absorbed the iconic sports coupe into its own lineup and changed the name to fit its international naming scheme. While vehicles sometimes need changes in their sophomore years, the 2018 Toyota 86 in Palatine IL isn’t one of them.
That means nothing has changed since last year, but it’s still an outstanding sports car with plenty to offer. The best performance car on the Toyota lineup, the 86 makes an excellent option for anyone with a lead foot. Plus, it looks good to boot.
To be a bit more specific, the 2018 Toyota 86 is outfitted with an advanced chassis that was engineered to optimize performance by perfecting its center of gravity and front-to-rear weight balance. It has a rear-wheel drive system inspired by the Hachi Roku racecar, a sport-tuned suspension system, Vehicle Stability Control and even Track Mode all to enhance its performance.
But let’s breach the topic that you really want to hear about, its engine. Beneath the hood of the 2018 Toyota 86 rests a 2.0L flat-four Boxer engine capable of doling out 206 horsepower alongside 156 pound-feet of torque with its 6-speed manual transmission. If you opt for the automatic transmission, it decreases the power to 200 HP & 151 lb-ft., but those are still pretty impressive numbers.
We can only begin to scratch the surface of everything the 2018 Toyota 86 has to offer in written word. You need to try one out for yourself, so go ahead and schedule a test drive right here on our website and come take one for a spin!