Toyota Seeks to Reclaim Sports Car Crown

No one questions Toyota’s dominance in the auto market. The company consistently vies for honors as the largest and highest quality automaker in the world. Despite all the accolades, something’s been missing in Nagoya, Japan, for the last few decades.

In a word, that something is excitement.

Back to the Glory Days

As late as the mid-1990s, Toyota honored its sporting heritage with the all-powerful Turbo Supra and the frisky, mid-engine MR2. Most would also mention the rear-drive Corolla GTS AE86 as a hallmark of simple, affordable performance. Though none of these cars sold in great numbers, together they gave Toyota an aura of excitement that’s since gone missing. Crossovers, SUVs, and plain Jane sedans might pay the bills, but none give a brand that certain status as an object of desire.

Big News in a Small Package

Toyota plans to right this wrong, and sooner rather than later. In a recent interview in Evo magazine, famed Toyota engineer Tetsuya Tada floated the idea that the brand would soon offer three distinct sports cars, each focused on a separate submarket. “The current FR-S fastback (formerly sold as the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ) will be joined by a new world-beating, hyper-muscular Supra developed in cooperation with Germany’s BMW. The third brother, and the big news, €”is a lightweight, mid-engine successor to the MR2.” Evo surmises it might be based on the Toyota SF-R concept car unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo auto show.

Tada’s word is gold in many circles. He’s the father of the famed Corolla AE86, which went on to stardom in the drifting world. He knows the value of excitement to a brand and is more than well aware of how to deliver it.

The Future of Sport

Tada is known for his embrace of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system. He suggests it’s likely any MR2 successor will feature a hybrid drivetrain. This will be necessary to meet ever-tightening fuel economy and emission standards.

Ready to see what else Toyota has to offer? Stop by our dealership today to test drive some of Tada’s other fantastic creations.

The 2017 Toyota 86 Delivers Thrills and Style

The 2017 Toyota 86 is one of the most exciting additions to the Toyota lineup to appear in a long time. This sport coupe immediately stands out thanks to its sleek style and athletic performance behind the wheel. And in spite of having a very upscale feel overall, it is priced far less than other comparable sport models. If you are looking for an exciting new car to drive, the 2017 Toyota 86 delivers on all fronts.

Performance

Under the hood is a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that produces up to 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. That is enough power to rocket you from 0-60 mph in under 7 seconds. Power travels to the rear wheels from either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic with paddle shifters, and rev-matched downshifts.

Features

Performance is not all that makes this car a joy to drive. It also comes equipped with a generous list of standard features and a few appealing options. Exterior highlights include stylish 17-inch alloy wheels, LED head and taillights, and a limited-slip rear differential for greater agility. Inside the cabin, you will find a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, and a height-adjustable driver’s seat. Standard technologies include a seven-inch touchscreen display with a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and voice controls, along with an eight-speaker stereo that fills the cabin with rich audio. Optional features include keyless entry, dual-zone climate controls, nicer upholstery, and heated seats.

Take a Breathtaking Test Drive

Reading about the 2017 Toyota 86 does not do it justice. To appreciate all that it has to offer, you need to marvel at its singular style and find out how adept it feels on the road.

2017 Toyota 86 Gives More Power to Drivers

The former Scion FR-S has been redubbed for the 2017 model year to maintain the same name as the Japanese market sports car. Scion, you may have heard, is no more and the former Scion FR-S is now, as of the 2017 model year, called the Toyota 86. To accompany its new alias, Toyota has implemented new features, both cosmetically and mechanically, within the 86 that cultivate a thrilling driving experience.

On the exterior, LED headlights and taillights have been installed within the front and rear end bumpers that have experienced their fair share of alterations. The reconstructed spoiler and canards improve the overall adhesion and evasiveness for thrilling agility on the road. Other exterior modifications include a new rear diffuser that augments airflow and minimizes turbulence caused by air exiting from underneath.

With a restyled drivetrain, the 2017 86 rolls off the assembly line additional power and torque. The 86 is equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower at 7000 rpm and provides 151-lb.-ft of torque between 6400 and 6600 rpm. It is sure to be our purest sports car yet with its thrilling driving experience. It has an estimated fuel mileage of *24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway which means you can stay on the highway instead of the gas station. To stay true to the theme of the FR-S, the 2017 86 maintains the nimble coupe’s innate physique. The optional six-speed manual also enables an even more entertaining, hands-on ride for the drivers who prefer to do the gear grabbing themselves.

The interior reflects the sporty styling of the exterior. The all-new Granlux trim accents adorn door panels and the dashboard. Throughout the inside, the silver “86” logos are fastened to the center of the steering wheel and above the passenger-side glove box.

The steering wheel is leather-wrapped for comfort and improved grip for tackling corners with ease. Audio controls are implemented within the wheel, making accessibility more convenient. The standard 60/40 split for the rear seats allows for two more passengers in the back seat, and the foldable rear seating creates ample room for cargo.

The 2017 Toyota 86 is a track-proven street-ready beast that serves as an exciting new take on the legendary FR-S. The 86 has been greatly anticipated by enthusiasts and drivers all throughout the U.S, and it’s sure to be our purest sports car yet. 

*2017 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

2017 Toyota 86 Gives More Power to Drivers

The former Scion FR-S has been redubbed for the 2017 model year to maintain the same name as the Japanese market sports car. Scion, you may have heard, is no more and the former Scion FR-S is now, as of the 2017 model year, called the Toyota 86. To accompany its new alias, Toyota has implemented new features, both cosmetically and mechanically, within the 86 that cultivate a thrilling driving experience

On the exterior, LED headlights and taillights have been installed within the front and rear end bumpers that have experienced their fair share of alterations. The reconstructed spoiler and canards improve the overall adhesion and evasiveness for thrilling agility on the road. Other exterior modifications include a new rear diffuser that augments airflow and minimizes turbulence caused by air exiting from underneath.

With a restyled drivetrain, the 2017 86 rolls off the assembly line additional power and torque. The 86 is equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower at 7000 rpm and provides 151-lb.-ft of torque between 6400 and 6600 rpm. It is sure to be our purest sports car yet with its thrilling driving experience. It has an estimated fuel mileage of *24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway which means you can stay on the highway instead of the gas station. To stay true to the theme of the FR-S, the 2017 86 maintains the nimble coupe’s innate physique. The optional six-speed manual also enables an even more entertaining, hands-on ride for the drivers who prefer to do the gear grabbing themselves.

The interior reflects the sporty styling of the exterior. The all-new Granlux trim accents adorn door panels and the dashboard. Throughout the inside, the silver “86” logos are fastened to the center of the steering wheel and above the passenger-side glove box. 

The steering wheel is leather-wrapped for comfort and improved grip for tackling corners with ease. Audio controls are implemented within the wheel, making accessibility more convenient. The standard 60/40 split for the rear seats allows for two more passengers in the back seat, and the foldable rear seating creates ample room for cargo.

The 2017 Toyota 86 is a track-proven street-ready beast that serves as an exciting new take on the legendary FR-S. The 86 has been greatly anticipated by enthusiasts and drivers all throughout the U.S, and it’s sure to be our purest sports car yet. 

*2017 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.