Launched: Toyota 86

By Patrick Everett Tadeo

The Launch Pad Philippine Car News - Launched: Toyota 86

The long wait is over. After teasing us for months--with snippets of information being shared here and there and with a motorcade around the metropolis and to Tagaytay over one weekend--Toyota Motor Philippines is finally launching the 86 sports coupe.

The spiritual successor to the Toyota AE86, the all-new 86 shares the same driving dynamics as its predecessor by combining its lightweight design with responsive power and perfect balance.

The new-generation 86 is powered by a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated, flat-four boxer engine with its 200hp and 205Nm of torquebeing transferred to the rear wheels with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic gearbox. Nice piece of trivia: The engine's bore and stroke are 86mm by 86mm. Adding more spice to the car's sporty flavor are the quick and responsive gear-shifting ratios and the short-throw shift knob for the manual transmission, while the automatic slushbox gets functionally aggressive, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The 86 is designed from the ground up as a true sports car, and its lightweight design and short wheelbase allow it to be quick and nimble in and out of every corner. Complemented byfront McPherson struts and rear double wishbonesand a front-to-rear weight distribution ratio of 53:47, and the 86's handling prowess becomes almost telepathic in nature. Then add the impressive drag coefficient of just 0.27 and you have a car that's really a hoot to drive.

If the sleek silhouette and the low stance of the 86 aren't enough to convince you of its sporting intentions, then getting into one should. You don't really step into it but rather drop yourself into the front bucket seat. The large center-mounted tachometer, red shift light indicator, center console-mounted start/stop button and 365mm-diameter steering wheel--the smallest yet fitted to a Toyota--further convey the car's capabilities.

We've had the opportunity to test-drive the 86 well before its launch, and it's safe to say that the car certainly brings the fun back into driving. You will read more about this in our July issue, the exclusive cover of which will showcase the newest rock star in the auto industry.

The new 86 is available in three different variants, with themanual transmission-equipped Standard variantpriced atP1.55 million, theautomatic gearbox-equipped Standard variantatP1.65 million, and the even sportierautomaticAero variantwith its wraparound bodykit pegged atP1.875 million.

There are seven colors available: Satin White Pearl, Sterling Silver Metallic, Lightning Red, Galaxy Blue Silica, Dark Gray Metallic, Crystal Black Silica and the signature Orange Metallic. Both the Standard and Aero variants have 17-inch alloy wheels shod in 215/45 tires.

Inside, the Aero variant hasleather seatswith the front ones being equipped with aheater. The Standard variants make do withfabric seats. The Aero also hasred accentson the steering wheel, the shift knob and the parking brake lever.

And in spite of its very sporting nature, the 86 isn't exactly devoid of practical amenities in the cabin. It has, among other things, a push-start button, cruise control, a digital clock, power door locks and windows, a door pocket that doubles as a bottle holder, a door courtesy lamp, two cupholders, an accessory power socket, dual-zone air-conditioning, and a six-speaker (and rather spartan) audio system with iPod connectivity.

For safety, both the Standard and Aero variants have antilock brakes, an abundance of airbags (dual front, dual side, dual curtains and driver-side knee), vehicle stability control (with the Aero variant having asport/snow switch, proof that its specs list is really designed for western markets), and side-impact door beams.

For more information on the 86, log on to its official website,

In the meantime, watch our Toyota 86 video starring our very own tofu delivery guy, Botchi Santos. There's also a photo gallery below, in case you're still craving for more of the car. See you at the track?

Photos by Mikko David

Video camera: Sony Alpha 77

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  • RODEL220 Jun 17 2012 @ 09:39am
    pwede bng pumunta sa launching? balita k sa subic dw?
  • jayzeter19 Jun 17 2012 @ 09:43am
    w/c means the 86 will be on the market next week right?
  • bongski Jun 17 2012 @ 10:02am
    Are the units available already for orders or have to for 6 months???
  • aeronTGco Jun 17 2012 @ 10:03am
    Toyota 86, I'm craving for one!!!
  • isaac3654 Jun 17 2012 @ 10:26am
    The wait is certainly over!! Wew! Funny thought though, does anyone notice there's a SNOW mode? Hahahaha!
    • the 8th Jun 17 2012 @ 11:01am
      That feature was mentioned in the article above.
    • Allain Jun 17 2012 @ 02:17pm Dec. pa pala ang dating ng stocks nila.
    • isaac3654 Jun 17 2012 @ 10:21pm
      yeah it was mentioned but still natatawa parin ako may snow mode =))) guess it's one for all, all for one!
  • TJPewter Jun 17 2012 @ 11:59am If you just can't wait to enter the 86/BRZ just watch this helpful tour! :)
  • Kyoichi Sudo Jun 17 2012 @ 12:24pm
    Cool design w/ boring entertainment features. Better wait the BR-Z....
    • GotToRead Jun 17 2012 @ 12:38pm
      You got a point but BRZ will be launched sometime next year or if we are lucky late 2012, and the starting price will be between 1.8-1.9 but I think it's worth the wait, but in terms of performance 86 is ok and I can get over with the entertainment system.
      • jayzeter19 Jun 17 2012 @ 12:40pm
        right. just bought a new head unit w/ orange lights then your ready to go :D
        i really think the 86 is a tuners car thats why toyota didn't think to much to up the performance because it will be tuned by the buyers anyway.
      • Adrian Jun 18 2012 @ 07:54pm
        Bakit yung engine ng 86 may name na subaru? sino bumili ng engine toyota?
        • markdejesus76 Jun 18 2012 @ 08:00pm
          Collaborated yun. Yung Boxer design, sa Subaru. Yung direct injection tech, sa Toyota.
    • elxdv Jun 18 2012 @ 05:44pm
      I think toyota is catching up on hyundai now. good job toyota and hyundai
  • carwiki Jun 17 2012 @ 01:10pm
    Is the 86 still there? I need an answer because we're now here in Subic. Going to the launch.
  • mts Jun 17 2012 @ 01:29pm
    the 215 looks rather slim. :)
    • njb1216 Jun 17 2012 @ 03:58pm
      It is! Haha. That's how it gets good fuel consumption. Makes it easier to drift too.
  • one.edchelle Jun 17 2012 @ 01:43pm
    nice shot there.., but mr. Bochi, im just curious of how will you drive that huge forklift? ahehehe....
  • ako_si_bigotilyo Jun 17 2012 @ 02:43pm
    So it's launched now, what's next? No units so no sales as well, start selling the accessories first, then by the time you have complete the TRD accessories that's the time they will have stocks. Nice Marketing Ploy!
    • markdejesus76 Jun 17 2012 @ 04:57pm
      TMp will have their units. Why would they import accessories without a car to be installed? You mad bro?
      • ako_si_bigotilyo Jun 17 2012 @ 10:29pm
        When kaya? Sana pag launch pwede na bumili. May point ka , why bring in accessories kung walang unit pagkakabitan, pero yun ang reality , may scarcity talaga ng unit.
        • markdejesus76 Jun 18 2012 @ 07:15am
          Scarcity? Marketing, economics, etc. Nag-aral yang mga yan. Pinag-aralan nila kung mabebenta dito yan kasi kung tutuusin, magiging kapresyo ng 86 yung Genesis. Which would affect their competition. Di naman nila kayang tapatan Genesis 2.0T eh. Features, Power, lahat ng madaling mabasa, talo 86. Pano na lang kung konti bumili tapos andami nilang dinala? Edi loss yan sa kanila. Kaya may pre-launch, tska launch para malaman nila kung gaano kataas yung possibility na mabenta. Di naman yan parang Altis na pagka-launce, pwede mo ng bilhin at iuwi. Subaru nagmamanufacture nyan eh. Mas maliit yun ng di hamak kaysa sa Manufacturing plang ng Toyota. Wala ding assembly line ng 86 sa Pilipinas.
          • ako_si_bigotilyo Jun 18 2012 @ 10:39am
            Alam naman natin na maaring mas maliit ang planta ng Subaru, sapagkat di naman kasing laki ng Toyota ang volume nila. Totoo yung sinabi mo , talo ang 86 when it comes to features comparing sa Genesis, pero ganun talaga, pag magbebenta ka dapat may mabibili , paano na lang yan, kung mga interested buyers mawalan ng gana?? Lalo na ngayon na may mga balitang lumalabas na next year pa magkakastock. Ngayon daw ang launch date, pero wala naman unit mabenta. Before I forgot, iba pala ang launch date sa release date. Kaya lusot pa rin sila sa katwiran.
            • jayzeter19 Jun 18 2012 @ 08:03pm
              to stop you guys from quarreling. I have to agree w/ bigatilyo. 2 weeks from now. Units will arrive in toyota outlets and is LIMITED in numbers. Toyota otis said its not even sure if they'll have the 3 units that will be lend to them while Toyota Kal and north edsa promises 2 units ea. w/c by all means FEW UNITS of GT 86 will arrive and will only be sold to CASH PAYERS AT ONCE when the release of the unit next week comes.

              Reservations are not even entertained just yet. Sorry to say we will need to wait for more units months from now.

              now stop quarreling. this info came from Toyota Otis and North Edsa Agents. When we enquired today.

              • jayzeter19 Jun 18 2012 @ 08:10pm
                and i admit i'm just so disappointed by this news. I know this limited 1st wave units will be bought instantly by hardcore car enthusiast and tuners CASH.

                so reservations are futile.
              • njb1216 Jun 19 2012 @ 11:16pm
                Maaaannn believe me, even cash buyers aren't prioritized. 100% cold hard cash payment ako but walang maipangako na unit sakin, even ETA. To think that a month ago pa reservation ko and may "goodwill" yung agent namin to us since we just recently released an LC120 from him.

                What can we do when people like SMC's Ramon Ang makes an order(or probably two) for this car. Rumors are, the incoming units are already allocated for Metrobank and George Ty VIPs. Even if you had an early reservation with supposedly cash payment, you'll still have a hard time securing an order. Sorry nalang tayong mga "regular citizens".
          • Adrian Jun 18 2012 @ 07:58pm
            ganun so binili pala ng toyota ang design, engine sa subaru oh my!

            I think matatalo ng toyota ang genesis dahil astig talag ng features!

            MARAMI na ang naghihintay sa GT 86 na yan! BEBENTA yan!
            • jayzeter19 Jun 18 2012 @ 08:08pm
              sorry to dissapoint you. the Genesis outwins the 86 in features. V6 & Turbo GDI engines, Reackaro LeatherBuckets seats, High Tech Head unit, Brembo Breaks, & GPS(NAVI SYSTEM). w/ the price of 1.7~1.8m for Turbo and 1.8~2.1m for V6 top line.
              • jayzeter19 Jun 18 2012 @ 08:11pm
                and oh this new GenCoupes will also arrive by july. as HARI rumored.
  • Kim John Jun 17 2012 @ 05:35pm
    bagong bago galing pang pier! LOL!
  • mindkinetic Jun 17 2012 @ 05:37pm
    that is one heaven of an engine 2.0 naturally aspirated boxer engine that can deliver 200 horses . let the fun begin!
  • carwiki Jun 17 2012 @ 06:36pm
    We've already been there earlier. We also saw the LFA in the metal :D My problem with the 86 is pag-upo mo pa lang sa likod, ang liit. Konti lang ang headroom parang pag isang humps mauuntog ka na. The engine sound is also nice. The SNOW feature is only available in the automatic variant.
    • tugata24 Jun 17 2012 @ 07:35pm
      The seat is just there, but you're not supposed to use it. :D
      • carwiki Jun 23 2012 @ 08:49pm
        How about the kids/ teens that are 5.5" in height like me?
        • njb1216 Jun 23 2012 @ 11:21pm
          It might work, but certainly won't be comfortable. I've seen a photo of some Japanese dudes jamming their butts in the rear seats of 86.
  • njb1216 Jun 17 2012 @ 07:28pm
    "The wait is finally over" and now, another set of months for waiting LOL.

    It's been a month since my reservation (May 16, down payment with receipt of course) and there's been no feedback from my SA since. I badly need my daily beater ASAP!
    • jayzeter19 Jun 17 2012 @ 08:50pm
      how come did you have your reservations when some of the toyota outlets didn't even entertain reservations from april~may?? O_o

      us did try to reserve in Toyota Otis and North Edsa but they said its not available for reservations yet! enlighten me plsss..
      • njb1216 Jun 18 2012 @ 08:09pm
        Well I was also turned down by some casas in May, particularly Otis and Pasong Tamo. There was one casa though that was very near my area that accepted my reservation. :)

        BTW I'm having a hard time understanding your English.
        • jayzeter19 Jun 18 2012 @ 08:17pm
          sorry if it's kinda deep and not well punctuated. Btw thanks for your reply :)
          i'll try to make it more understandable next time :)
    • eX-Driver Jun 21 2012 @ 11:27pm
      your not alone my friend, the day i inquired for a reservation they said i was only the second to reserve. pagbayad ko nalaman ko 4th na ako, potek may mga sumingit na ahente bwiset. this is gonna be a darn long wait... hope its gonna be worth it
  • tugata24 Jun 17 2012 @ 07:34pm
    Oh shit, it's a boxer engine! Now, I don't mind the audio head similar to an Innova.
  • Feeter Silverster Jun 17 2012 @ 10:45pm
    Sir Botchi how would you compare 86 vs the Supra?
    • Adrian Jun 18 2012 @ 08:00pm
      hahahaha supra pa rin me!
  • eX-Driver Jun 17 2012 @ 11:45pm
    waiting for mine to land :)
  • zerate Jun 18 2012 @ 11:25am
    • isaac3654 Jun 18 2012 @ 03:19pm
      Nice man! May kaparehas pala ako dito eh na nanonood ng mga reviews ng Carbuyer!! :D
  • Adrian Jun 18 2012 @ 08:03pm
    The wait is over! The all new 2012 Toyota GT 86!
    run until you finish!

    MARAMI na ang naghihintay sa GT 86 na yan! BEBENTA yan!

    Marami stuck nyan maghintay lang kayo! kaya nga pinaghintay yung mga customer ei!
    Astig din ang TRD or toyota racing development nya kaso may kamahalan yun I think nasa P2.2 M yun!
    • njb1216 Jun 18 2012 @ 08:12pm
      The wait isn't over dahil wala silang stocks. :)) No ETA for my unit even 'til January as per my Agent. I'm actually thinking about getting a gray market GC, or just wait for the BRZ.
      • jayzeter19 Jun 18 2012 @ 08:27pm
        i advice you not to get Gray market GC units. Because HARI(official distributor of Hyundai) will Bring the new GenCoupe this july. Waiting for the BRZ isn't also bad, because it brings more exclusivity than the 86 :)

        • GotToRead Jun 18 2012 @ 10:33pm
          Sure ba yung 2013 na Hyundai GC sa July? Kasi dudurugin sila ng HARI kung magkataon lalo na kung ang specs eh same as in Korea and North America.
          • njb1216 Jun 19 2012 @ 07:24am
            Bro it's not a sure thing na dudurugin sila ng HARI since IMO the Japanese still has the brand advantage. Other than that, many consider the 86 the holy grail in the affordable sports coupe segment, while Hyundai's GC may be labeled as "getting there". But I do agree that some people would see the 2013 GC as a better value for money.
            • eX-Driver Jun 21 2012 @ 11:30pm
              you get more car for the low price (as in literal na mas malaki) and a few more horses then the 86... kaso medyo manhid daw imaneho sabi ng mga GC forums. that plant at Gunma should churn out more units seriously
              • njb1216 Jun 23 2012 @ 11:34pm
                "Few"? Thats around 75 more horsepower dude. If I won't take it to the track, or don't have the opportunity to attack some long and winding roads, the GC'13 is a no brainer against the 86.

                The GC would also be the wiser choice for the not so young. It seems like the more comfy car to take, with vastly better interior. I'm in my early 20's though so I won't mind the 86' lack of space and amenities.

                And BTW, the GC(2.0T) surprisingly has better power to weight ratio compared to the 86, so kung highway driving, the GC should feel faster, and should actually be faster because of the HP and torque difference.

                The GC is just the more practical in the local setting, where not a lot of people do track days. The 86 personally is my preferred car (for track day), but what the local Toyota management has been doing is breaking the deal for me in favor of the GC.
        • njb1216 Jun 19 2012 @ 07:26am
          I need a daily driver ASAP, and those 3 are the only ones considered. Maybe it will come down to which will be available soonest.
        • Stephmeister101 Jun 20 2012 @ 06:29pm
          I think mas mgnda gray market GC kasi mas mura and mas mrming specs, usually kasi pag local dealers nagbebenta kulang sa specs and features para bumaba ung cost pero check mo nlng kung saan mas mura, alam ko kasi meron na dun sa west ave na nagbebenta ng 2013 GC
  • ako_si_bigotilyo Jun 18 2012 @ 08:25pm
    JAYZETER19.... nasaan ang sinasabi mong units na I'll be surprised on June 18th 2012????? Ang hirap sa TMP mga sigurista, hindi pa nag undergo ng training ang mga agent, kaya di alam ang mga pinagsasabi. Sabi sa akin ng isang ahente, kailangan magbayad ng reservation fee na 50k, kasi raw customized built daw ang 86.. TMP, do your part, train niyo muna mga sundalo niyo bago isabak sa gera. Tama nga mga sinasbi ko , accessories muna, then next year na yung kotse, kasi ganito ang True Marketing Ploy!
    • jayzeter19 Jun 18 2012 @ 08:32pm
      well that's the surprise. There are no actual unit. -_-
      except they said it will just arrive 2 weeks from now and Limited in numbers. -_-

      i'am so disappointed when we enquired(again for the 4th time) today.

      kudos. your right all along.
      • ako_si_bigotilyo Jun 18 2012 @ 08:48pm
        hindi ka ba agent ng Toyota Otis group? kasi kung magsalita ka parang you represent a Toyota dealer.
        • jayzeter19 Jun 18 2012 @ 08:58pm
          no i'm not. we are just ordinary buyers who also just fell for their marketing strategy. It got us excited when we thought that the 86 will be arriving and agents told us that they will have enough available units. But to our dismay, this units are limited. -_-

          I don't represent any dealership.
  • GotToRead Jun 18 2012 @ 10:37pm
    Nakaka-disappoint kayo TMP! Walang actual units tapos pag dumating limited pa? Totoo bang dadating yung Hyundai GC 2013 sa July?
    • jayzeter19 Jun 19 2012 @ 10:27pm
      as far as some news from trusted agents from HARI and rumors from the web. Yes, but don't get your hopes up.
      • GotToRead Jun 19 2012 @ 11:36pm
        Thanks dude, pero di makikinig sakin tatay ko di bibili kelan man ng korean car yun haha.
        • Stephmeister101 Jun 20 2012 @ 06:24pm
          same here haha dahil sa sobrang tagal ng dating ng stocks prng mas mgnda mag Gen Coupe since mas malakas pa ung engine kaso un nga korean car haha
          • GotToRead Jun 20 2012 @ 11:00pm
            in terms of paper ika nga maganda yung specs ng hyundai kahit sa reviews eh ang downside lang eh mejo sabit sa interior at turbo lag, but that's Ok for me, a 2.0 engine that can rev up 274 HP, it's not bad, but we really struck me is when my dad told me that: Yes, in paper Hyundai is really good the exterior is a headturner, I myself is impressed but after a year or so can this car still go just like what the paper says? Di na lang ako nagsalita kasi pera niya naman haha but for me either of the 2 GC or GT 86 is a good worth for your money, nasa perspective na lang ng buyer kung ano mas type nya.
            • GotToRead Jun 20 2012 @ 11:00pm
            • njb1216 Jun 21 2012 @ 12:37pm
              Actually what sways me to the Hyundai is it seats 4 people COMFORTABLY. Plus, parang hindi nirerespeto ng TMP mga buyers nila. Nakapag pareserve na nga ng maaga tapos biglang boom naubusan na agad. Discrimination! Get up early but still miss the bus dahil sa mga nag cut in line.

              Pa-issue issue pa ng receipt, ibibigay rin pala sa VIP.

              The 2013GC is no slouch. Laki ng improvement nyo from the previous model, downside lang for me is yung front fascia. Not my taste.
              • GotToRead Jun 21 2012 @ 12:53pm
                Well maybe I'm in the minority who likes the La Veloster front fascia haha anyway, yes, there is a big improvement from the previous version a whopping 274 HP but I'm concern in the turbo lag, kahit naka twin turbo scrolls yun ramdam pa din daw ayun sa mga reviews, and yes a big improvement in their interior but reviewers said it again, hyundai "misses" the spot. I think they can't do the right mix in GC. But it's not a bad value for your money, nasa sa inyo na lang yan.
    • dsobreo Jun 19 2012 @ 11:44pm
      Yep, according mismo kay Ms. Rich Manalad
  • bravo26 Jun 19 2012 @ 07:31pm
    Funny they mentioned nice specs and features except the heart-the boxer engine.
    • jayzeter19 Jun 19 2012 @ 10:19pm
      Toyota isn't proud on the so called boxer engine because its from SUBARU :)
      • Giovchan Jun 19 2012 @ 11:32pm
        they collaborated with subaru just because of the boxer engine:)) but this is pure toyota project
        • markdejesus76 Jun 20 2012 @ 06:51am
          I think no. Subaru also designed the Chassis, Suspension, Gearbox, and almost 80% of the car. The Toyota is on marketing and designed the styling. Fiddled a bit with the suspension and gearbox, but that's it.
          • njb1216 Jun 21 2012 @ 12:40pm
            The chassis is derived from the Impreza guys! Toyota initated the joint project though, with a dowry of buying the company shares of Fuji Heavy Industries.

            It's industry practice guys. If Samsung outsources their LCD panels from Chimei, is it a Chimei product? That's a big difference from a rebrand.
  • Giovchan Jun 19 2012 @ 11:31pm
    Umm.. guys i think you should also consider that this is also a global car which means it is on sale around the world.. that means that supply maybe a big problem. Read this, the supply might not be really enough :)
    • eX-Driver Jun 21 2012 @ 11:32pm
      at kung iniintay niyo yung brz... its from the same freakin assembly line may ilang parts lang na iba ang ikinakabit so both ways...magiintay talaga kayo
  • Stephen Garcia Jun 20 2012 @ 06:20pm
    walang available na unit, does anyone now kung kelan na mkakabili?? Sorry for the word pero ang st*p*d nung ibang agents pati sila di nila alam binebenta nila ung iba sabi wala pa daw dumadating sa Pinas nun eh ni launch na nga. Has anyone tried na mag pareserve and kung gaano katagal bago dadating ung order??
    • Stephmeister101 Jun 20 2012 @ 06:22pm
      FYI saw a Scion FR-S being sold on the Grey market pero 2.3M sya tpos automatic pero hndi pa sya ung Aero variant
    • jayzeter19 Jun 20 2012 @ 06:47pm
      Toyota isn't entertaining any reservations as of now. We just enquired last monday
    • njb1216 Jun 21 2012 @ 12:46pm
      Next year ETA for new inquiries. They're actually refunding the reservation fees. (Lokohan since ang tagal na naka stuck sa kanila yung pera tapos refund? Eh di nawala ka lalo sa pila!)

      The agents are actually stuck in a rut here if they had a reservation transaction because of the distribution of (probably) the top management to their VIPs. May units naman talaga in the first place (around 80) pero they sold in favor to their VIPs. Nasagasaan tuloy mga early reservations.
      • jayzeter19 Jun 21 2012 @ 04:10pm
        F*CK all those VIP's they will have their 86! but in the end we will have are High end BRZ's and GC's!! lets show them whose the real VIP on the High Way's!!
  • jayzeter19 Jun 21 2012 @ 04:11pm
    F*CK all those VIP's, they will have their 86! but in the end we will have our High end BRZ's and GC's!! lets show them whose the real VIP on the High Way's!!

    By the end of the day, karma will strike those line cutters and st*pid TMP agents and their damn management!
  • SpeedRazor Jun 23 2012 @ 11:28pm
    it's a Lean mean drifting Machine! with the combination of a 200 bhp engine in a manual transmission with rear wheel drive is a deadly combination! Suweeet! Smokin' Hot!
  • SpeedRazor Jun 23 2012 @ 11:31pm
    it's the Son of the Legendary AE86! the best Drifting machine of all time! it's a classic!
  • carwiki Jun 24 2012 @ 10:48am
    That's the color we've tried in the launch (red) but the manual variant. Yun kasi yung preferred namin.
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