Toyota 86 on sale in Australia priced from $29,990

Toyota Australia has announced pricing for the highly anticipated Toyota 86 sports coupe. It will kick off from just $29,990, which places it into the market at a extremely competitive level.

The Toyota 86 is a joint project developed by Toyota and Subaru, if you didn’t already know. The Toyota 86 (GT 86 overseas) and Subaru BRZ both feature the same platform and running gear, however, trimmings and various interior changes distinguish the two.

Power comes from a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre boxer four-cylinder engine developing 147kW of power and 205Nm of torque. It features a high compression ratio of 12.5:1, and is fuelled by a direct injection system.

Two trim levels are available in Australia, the GT and the GTS. Both are available with either a six-speed manual, or six-speed automatic transmission.

The main differences between the GT and GTS are trimmings. The GT features 16-inch alloy wheels while the GTS gets 17s. Inside, the GTS is appointed in leather and gets a 6.1-inch LCD screen interface with climate control air-conditioning, while the GT gets normal air-conditioning. The GTS also gets HID headlights with LEDS, leaving the GT with normal halogen items.

As far as international reviews go, most experts have praised the 86 for being a true driver’s car. It’s rear-wheel drive, and is equipped with a limited-slip differential. The compact four-seat coupe styling also fits right into to the traditional sports car profile.

The biggest surprise of the 86 though is that starting price. This puts it into the market as not only the cheapest rear-drive sports car, it also undercuts some distant rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI (from $38,990), and comes very close to March’s most popular sports car under $80,000, the Hyundai Veloster (from $23,990).

Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing, Matthew Callachor, recently spoke about the introduction of the 86, and its price. He said,

“The 86 is meant to be enjoyed by as many driving enthusiasts as possible, and our pricing will extend its appeal to people who never imagined they could afford such a fun car.

“Toyota has created something that people have wanted, but didn’t exist – a compact, light, basic sports car with balance and handling rated in the same league as some legendary sports cars.

“It is a game-changer, demonstrating Toyota’s commitment to ‘waku doki’ – designing and engineering cars that really get your heart pumping.”

As for performance, Toyota says the manual version will sprint from 0-100km/h in 7.6 seconds, while the automatic covers it in 8.2 seconds. Fuel economy for the 86 has also been rated, with the combined cycle at 7.8L/100km for the manual versions, and 7.1L/100km for the automatic.

Full prices are as follows (excluding on-road costs):

Toyota 86 GT manual $29,990
Toyota 86 GT automatic $32,490
Toyota 86 GTS manual $35,490
Toyota 86 GTS automatic $37,990

Check below for the full 2012 Toyota 86 Australian specifications.

Engine type 2.0L-Boxer 4
Capacity (cm3) 1998
Cylinders/valves Boxer 4/16V
Description Four cylinders, horizontally opposed, 16-valve, DOHC, four valves percylinder and alloy cylinder block
Bore x stroke (mm) 86 x 86
Compression ratio 12:5:1
Max. output 147kW @ 7,000rpm
Max. torque 205Nm @ 6,400-6,600rpm
Recommended fuel type 98 or more Octane
Fuel-tank capacity (L) 50
Type Six-speed manual Six-speed sequential-shift
automatic (with paddle shift on GTS 86)
Ratios: 1st 3.626 3.538
2nd 2.188 2.060
3rd 1.541 1.404
4th 1.213 1.000
5th 1.000 0.713
6th 0.767 0.582
Reverse 3.437 3.168
Final drive 4.100:1 4.100:1
Turning circle 10.8m (tyre), 11.4m (body)
Type Rack and pinion Electric Power Steering (EPS)
Suspension type
Front MacPherson strut with coil springs, gas-filled dampers and rose-jointedstabiliser bar
Rear Double wishbone with coil springs, gas-filled dampers and rose-jointedstabiliser bar
Seating 4
Cargo space height 391mm
Exterior dimensions
Overall length (mm) 4,240
Width (mm) 1,775
Roof height (mm) 1,285
Wheelbase (mm) 2,570
Tracks (mm) Front: 1,520 Rear: 1,540
Interior dimensions
Front to rear couple distance (mm) 700
Front legroom (mm) 1065
Rear legroom (mm) 759
Driven wheels
Wheels and tyres
GT 16 x 6.5J alloy with 205/55 R16 tyres
GTS 17 x 7J alloy with 215/45 R17 tyres
Brake type
GT Ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes with anti-lock braking system(ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), brake assist (BA) and vehiclestability control (VSC).
Front disc size: 277mm diameter by 24mm thick
Rear disc size: 286mm by 10mm thick
GTS Ventilated front and ventilated rear disc brakes with ABS, EBD, BA andVSC.
Front disc size: 294mm diameter by 24mm thick
Rear disc size: 290mm diameter by 18mm thick
0-100km/h (s) 7.6 (manual), 8.2 (auto)
Max. speed (km/h) 226 (manual), 210 (auto)
Coefficient of drag 0.27
Fuel consumption (L/100 km)*
Combined 7.8 (manual), 7.1 (auto)
Urban 10.4 (manual), 9.6 (auto)
Extra urban 6.4 (manual), 5.7 (auto)
CO2 emissions (g/km)*
Combined 181 (manual), 164 (auto)