The car will be officially known as the 86 or GT 86, depending on which market it is being sold. The 86 is Toyota’s first sports car produced in the last 10 years. The last sports cars from Toyota were the T23 Celica and the MR-S.
Toyoda’s name was proudly announced when he stepped out of the car. Many international journalists and photographers were there to capture the exciting moment. During the event, Toyoda was heard mentioning that every automobile lover is waiting for this car. And he also thanked everyone for their patience as they will get to enjoy the compact sports car very soon.
For the past 10 years, Akio Toyoda has been involved with the 86’s development and he also said that it really felt like his new baby has already arrived.
The 86’s name hails from the AE86 Corolla from the 1980s and it was especially popular among those who are into drifting. But this time the car is joint developed by Toyota and Subaru. The most obvious influence by Subaru is the 2.0 litre boxer engine used in the car. Since many people know that the boxer engine is not that fuel efficient, Toyota has mated some of its technology into it to increase efficiency and also performance.
The unveiling of the 86 will be Toyota’s first sports car since the demise of the Celica, MR-s and Supra in the last decade. And many people I know are a little disappointed that these old model names are not resurrected. But one thing I am sure of that this will not be Toyota’s last or only sports car currently because Toyota recently has successfully applied for a trademark to use the Supra model name again. We have to wait and see what they will come up with in the near future.
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