Review: ８６after 1600km/1000miles
Review of my ８６…
"after 1,600km / 1,000miles"
Finally have crossed the finishing line of the break-in period (from the owner’s manual). For the first 200km-400km I had set the rev limiter to 5,500rpm but under normal driving condition there was no way I’d reach that. So I set it to 4,500rpm (book states not to go pass that), which was reasonable. Anyways not going into detail of the break-in period. I shall start my review from the place where I spent the most … the driver’s seat.
But before continuing on, if you haven’t read the Pre-Review please do, so you have a better understanding where I’m coming from and where my views of this epic car are seen from…
Inside the ８６
That new car smell~
Spending most of my time in the driver’s seat, it was driver’s heaven. Position of instruments, steering wheel, shift, point of view when looking out, it was all for you, no complaints. Everything in terms for driving it was great.
Let’s start with the steering wheel; it is nice and small, which felt solid, no gizmo buttons on the actual steering wheel (which I loved). The paddle shifter felt nice but moved with the steering wheel (but you can get use to it i guess).
Location of the cruise control probably the best from any car that I have been in that has one. Roughly between 4 o’clock 5 o’clock on the steering wheel and no in the way at all. Heck I even forgot I had cruise control.
That clock is straight out of the AE８６. So retro.
Instrumental dash is great, somewhat reminded me of the RX-7, all for the driver (though passenger side can see it clear too). Rev right in the middle which is cool gives it that race car feel (heck even feels super-car-ish) with a shifter light with beep warning sound (can turn on & off), as well as a multi-display. GTS model recieves the digital speedo which was in my opinion much needed, since the speedo increment is small you can easily over speed. No joke. Finally the fuel, temp and VSC, TSC are all on the right. Feels empty when VSC & TSC are all on. Bias opinion. much preferred GTS Rev over BRZ/FR-S and 86 (GT variant), because it’s white and looks better (my POV).
Start-Up logo customised.
The console dash, NAV system (never had one) climate control are nicely places, I always questioned the knobs for the controls. Looking like bolts and slightly tacky, but turning them to set the temp felt nice, just wished it didn’t looked like bolts, but easily grow on me. Don’t mind them now. NAV system is cool but so much safety was put into it where you can’t search while driving etc. I’m just so use to my Garmin. The dash itself is good, doesn’t reflect much sunlight into the windscreen unlike my Toyota Soarer JZZ30, which blinds me sometimes. Stereo works fine for me I don’t need crazy sound system this is better than my Soarer so yeah.
Plenty of drink holders one on each door, and two at the centre. But the lack of interior storage disappoints me. Especially the centre. Hardly can put anything, and where the usual nice storage area infront of the shifter underneath the climate control area. WTF is the small box all. I can’t even fit my iPod fully in there…
Another interior issue I have is that I can’t quickly place a back through the back seats without tilting forward my seat, in the soarer there was enough space to quickly slide pass without changing my seat position (and no I’m not tall at all), so if I want to put something in the back seat I have to tilt it forward. Also the lack of storage on the doors … Speaking of storage, the boot … yeah … but I can deal with it. nice and flat now with the new version boot liner, but … no freaking spare tyre, not even a space saver … only sealant and an air compressor.
The seats are absolutely comfortable for me, they keep me in place. The back seats are nice but definately not for tall people hitting their head on the back window if they down lean forward, it just wouldn’t work.
Another thing that is new to me is the sound from the engine going into the cabin, it confuses me because I associate hearing the engine from the loud muffler. So when I hear it I’m thinking sub-conciously that I have a loud exhaust. But loudness really hits from 4,500rpm all the way to red line.
Now let’s leave the inside and go …
Outside the ８６
Stunning looking car (my opinion) much prefer the front end of the ８６compared to the BRZ or the FR-S. The only thing I disliked in terms of exterior looks is the rear tail-lights I wish they were dark and not chrome/clear - like tail-lights. Not a fan. One day I plan to red tint it. Wish was like the Concept STI BRZ, I’ve seen some black tinted rear tail-light as well as red, they look good.
The GTS 17” wheel design … I much preferred the 16” from the GT variant, which some what looked like Watanabe, wish it came in 17”. Then again I grew to like them the GTS 17”. Though one day I’ll change them, into something like 17x8/17x7.5 all rounds with 225 rather than 215.
Exhaust looks good, sounds good no plans to going bigger or louder. But if I were change it, I would go with the HKS Hi-Power Spec-L, I like the sound it produce and its lighter too.
I’m so glad that Australian Toyota 86 models front end for both variants are the same, with only the head light being different. As standards GT & GTS gets fog lights. Also something different the location of the reverse lights. I like it.
Another interesting design are the bumps near the wheel arch in the front bonnet. From the driver’s view it helps point into the corner. I wasn’t use to it when I first drove a demo. I’m so use to not seeing anything else other than the road. Like bonnet scoop would totally distract me, I’d have to get use to it. Now it’s not an issue but rather well welcomed :D I quite like the idea. It reminds me of Super GT cars, like the RX-7 RE.amemiya GT200 onlooking from the driver’s seat.
An option I wish we all had, was to have the option of getting a sunroof… but that is totally impossible due to the design of the roof. Aero dynamics, strength, and light weight played a factor on the shape of the roof. There was one custom made sunroof I saw but how it opened up I hated. The way it opens was never my favourite. It opened like the RX-8 where its goes out and up. I wanted something that hides into the roof like my AE86 and Soarer.
That pretty much covers interior and exterior, now let’s get to the how does it drive~
On the road the ８６
My very own Toyota８６ GTS.
This car gets looked at quite a few times. Heck it even turns heads and little kids, they think it’s a super car. For me its hard to appreciate the look of this car when your in it (haha). But when I gave the keys to my dad so he can drive whilst we followed in the Imprezza. My fiancee and I was like omg the ８６ looks so awesome. If had a dream garage and only two cars were to sit in it. It would be my ８６and a Ferrari 458 Italia in white (and if possible a white Lexus LFA).
This car is possible to drive as a daily, with its 50L fuel tank. Filling it up isn’t a burden in the pockets if you compare it to its’ competition. My soarer pretty much robbed my wallet really good, massive fuel tank as well as 13l/100km (13.9 almost since its old). This … I haven’t driven it too hard yet because I just finished the break-in period, I managed to get an average L/100km of 8.6 and that’s with city driving/suburb. No hwy/fwy at that time.
FA20 BOXER 2.0L N/A
The power in this car for me is adequate, it doesn’t bother me at all. Heck its the spirit of the original ８６. Power isn’t everything~ Though I wish it had just a little bit more torque. If the ８６came out with somewhere 230bhp 25bhp and keeping the within the 2.0L engine. I bet people wouldn’t be complaining bout this so called “lack of power”. But like I said this is good for me. Launches faster than my soarer to the speed limit (without being stupid, and under 3,000rpm) in normal condition road driving, because it doesn’t need to build up boost.
For those who wants more power, turbo kits are already out there. Even supercharger are coming out. For those who didn’t know Toyota set out ８６ to tuner’s in Japan and also around the world for them to play around and start making stuff before the release for the public.
Driving this around, the suspension isn’t too hard but its definately not marshmellow. Speed bump isn’t an issue too which was a suprise considering how low this is. Steering is accurate and had a nice weight to it. It feels nimble and just wants to eat and slides corners. There is hardly any dead steering, unlike my corolla. Gear ratio and ok for normal driving, but I’ve heard that it just off the mark a bit. It’s that fine line between if I gear up I’ll lose power but if I stay on this lower fear i’m stuck on the red-line, that really only applies more on track or if you’re thrashing it about.
The heart of the ８６
A special mention about this car in the engine bay … the location of the oil filter (thumbs up toyota/subaru), if you see it you’ll understand it.
In conclusion the ８６ to me is a second change of getting a brand new hachi-roku which I will be keeping forever with no plan of getting a new car.
If I could change anything about the ８６, perhaps more interior storage room, sunroof option, spare tyre (yeah..) and 230bhp/250bhp with slightly more torque, not overkill but yeah. If I wanted more bhp I’d just slap on the HKS exhaust that would gain maybe 10-20bhp.
Options that I’ve never exprienced until now are:
- dual climate control zones
- heated seats
- pedal shift
- sequential shift
- satnav (built in)
- keyless/smart entry
- engine start button
- day-time driving lights
- rev limiter and shift lights
- and the awesome seats
The only issue I’v had when I got this car was … nothing to do with the car but the prep-work for collection. Stickers that is plastered all over the car to protect it was removed (of course), but the sticky edges of the stickers were still on the car …
I’ve picked up three brand new cars and this was the worst prep’d up car for collection. Sad thing is my ８６was the most expensive out of the three.
It was also had some orange spots that were annoying to get rid of.
One of the best thing about this car, because its for the Australian Domestic Market, it is taken by all insurance company, as well as cheaper insurance because it is a non-turbo and a 2.0L engine with 4 cylinder. GT & GTS model cosmetic look similar and both gets fog lights, that’s a plus in my option. Though the biggest negative would be ADM 86 no spare tyre option …
「My hunt is over …」
Last year I was an my local anime convention (WAI-con). I found this Full Coloured Hard Cover, Highschool of the Dead (HOTD) in one of the vendors there (Empire Toy’s a local anime/manga/misc store). There were plenty of it and decided to get it later because it was a heavy book and I didn’t want to carry it around and accidentally damage it, waited later to get it…
But went I went back to get it when I was ready to lug it around … All of the copies that were there (there were at least 4-6 of them sitting there), all of them GONE … sold out and no where to be found … I hunted on local stores, none of them had it or were even getting it. I was tempted to get it online but shipping and waiting and possible damage, I couldn’t be bothered … so i waited and hunted in local stores and asked Empire Toy’s if they were getting it …
After almost a year later … I went to Empire Toy’s and by random … they had two sitting on their shelves … no second thoughts I grabbed it …
HOTD : FULL COLOR EDITION
(学園黙示録 HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD, Gakuen Mokushiroku Haisukūru obu za Deddo)
smc P-DA 18-55 WR AL
「my new year’s resolution」
My new year resolutions for this year will consist of ones that did not get completed last year and of course some new ones, and maintaing ones too.
- Continue saving more money
- Go to the Philippines
- Draw more (and catch up on pageview thank you art, that’s 11 ”still” left to do)
- Finish off the PHP2010 video (didn’t get completed last year)
- Photography (Shoot more planned sessions)
- Do some filming with the GoPro
- Read my manga that I haven’t started reading (still wrapped)
- Watch Ghost in the Shell:Stand Alone Complex (DVD)
- Continue to eat more (more junk food? no …) healthier stuff
- Compete in 24hr Le Mans in Gran Turismo (x2)
- Minimise eating at McDonald’s
- Drink less Coca-cola (oh gawd tough one)
- Plan Wedding (Item specifics, Venue specifics)
- Continue Excersing more
- Relax more at home
- Tidy up more often
- Play more PS3 games (that haven’t finished)
- Play DSi & 3DS pokemon (haven’t played PKMN W2/B2 since release D= )
PS. 11 Days late posting it~
My last year’s resolution
Purpose: Background of myself before reviewing the 86.
By now everyone knows the 86 is a great car as a whole package, not too much power, great balance etc, overall a great value for money in the sports car categlory. You can read all about it if you search via google … I’m not here to review it like that or review it like professional car reviewers. I’m reviewing from my personal aspect, my point of view, my personal exprience. But before that I want to tell you where I base all my exprience so you have some sort of understanding where my comments about the 86 came from~
History of Cars driven …
I’ve owned two cars in my time, but I’m not the that kind of person that buys a car and sell it and buy another or keep it sitting thing. Though the two cars I have ever bought truly wished I never let go and that it stayed with me, but times changes and can’t just keep them there sitting. So let me tell you what those two cars are and I wished I still have.
The very first car I ever bought with my own money was … Toyota Trueno ‘85 (AE86) Zenki which later I converted the front to a Levin, because I love the Levin more. =D
This car wasn’t stock, it was a daily/track day car.
2.5 inch exorst hollow cat with hks muffler over diff system
5spd manual T50
Light Flywheel 4.1kg
Puck Clutch 4 puck xtreme
Cusco Front strut brace
Rebuilt Steering Rack
Stock Wheels with bald tyres
T series locked differential
My issue was the locked differential and no power steering for daily side of things, pretty much = shit for a daily drive but great for track days, not to mention the exhaust note from the 2.5, fuck that was loud. No seriously … in no time I’d get pulled over from the cops just from idling.
My next car, after a couple of years, I bought myself a Toyota Soarer GT-T ‘91 (JZZ30). This was a fun car, it was pretty much stock only changes it had was lowered springs and 18’ rims what sat on 235/40Z R18 (front) & 255/40Z R18 (rear). Drove this everyday and everywhere. I loved it, my fiancee even loved it. She wished that I didn’t sell it. But I had to let it go. Maintance on these era of cars, not forget also turbo was expensive. Fuel was extremely expensive, 80L tank with 13L/100km (but it was mostly likely 13.9L/100km or so). But regardless that it was just a fun and comfortable ride (when I don’t hit bumps, lol).
Things I loved about the …
AE86: Everything about the car is awesome, I even had the sun roof option with it. The sound, the look, the parcticality of the car (well not mine). The spirit of it.
JZZ30: The surpisingly spacious side, compared to its brother, the Supra. The trouble-less compared to some sports cars I have seen. I had never had an engine problem. The only thing I had to get fixed was that anything serious was just the speed-gear for speedo to work because it was worn down (wtf why did Toyota make it in some sort of plastic). Once again I had a sun roof with this, a duck-tail type spoiler (loved it), front end spoiler (loved it) F235 R255 tyres (loved it but hated replacing it). Cruise Control (that’s cool, never had a car that had that). Everything again … I loved it. I got use to parking this limo too.
Things I disliked or even hated about the …
AE86: It had to go to the pits again, which meant … it wasn’t going to pass with abit of serious elbow grease work. Something was causing the battery to deplete and not charge even though getting a new alternator didn’t solve it. Would’ve had to remove some parts for it to pass … over all headache …
JZZ30: Fuel cost, insurance cost, maintence cost (not comparing to other car) just in general, parts cost. Hard ride when hitting bumps, going over speed bumps. Brake fade, dark smoke on hard acceleration, white smoke. Due for the 200,000km major service ($$$).
Despite the dislikes I still wished I owned them, oh well I guess they will now be forever in my Gran Turismo garage forever.
The car the I drove the most, clocked the most mileage is a Toyota Corolla 1999 (AE101R) in red. This car is the pinacle of your basic, economical car. All round good work horse. It maybe slow, or boring to some (me I enjoyed it and still have). This isn’t my car it is my parents car I’ve been driving it ever sence highschool. After they sold my very first car they lent me. Which was a Mitsubishi Magna Station Wagon (my group’s APC, haha), which they sold along again and I’m glad. Still to this day, that little red Toyota Corolla still sits and runs around for everyone, almost reaching 200,000km which is 6,000km or so away. No serious problems with it too. Just an epic car, definately can say; “They don’t make car like they use too these days.”
Lastly other cars I have driven …
My younger brother’s Toyota Supra 1994 (MKIV) Aero-Top, Non-Turbo. 2JZ-GE. Which he then sold to get this most cherished one, Toyota Supra 1997 RZ (MKIV), Twin Turbo. 2JZ-GTE. During this time I had the Soarer. So yeah, imagine that, Soarer and Supra, cruising on the hwy. After a few years he sold his Supra RZ, to get a Chrysler 300C.
Another car I have driven around is my mother’s Subaru Impreza 2011 AWD, I’ve never driven an AWD before quite a different exprience. Perhaps one day I’d take a spin on a Subaru WRX (preferably a GC8 or 22B). Finally my father’s Nissan X-Trail 2012. One of the easiest cars I’ve jumped on and driven home, adapted to it so quickly, which has never happened to me.
Test drove the Toyota 86 GT, but wasn’t enough to give any of review, because I just enjoyed it. (I’ll take more about it on my actual review of the 86).
So there you have it; my background history of where my comments and exprience will come from when I do my review of the 86. I’m sure you have noticed that so far my family has owned majority Toyota cars :)