Before everything became violently quick, before hot hatches were competing against 911s, there was an era where character and experience were the trump cards, where feel and nuance did the talking and not lap times and price tags.
Acceleration is far from head banging, but it’s linear and communicative and you could be fooled into thinking you were driving a car with carburettors and not fuel injection. What I mean by this is that you have to modulate the throttle, and in doing this understand the power band more roundly. The steering is most certainly the highlight, very accurate without feeling twitchy and lightness without numbness. It’s no surprise then that the Toyota 86 has a racing series dedicated to these marvellous little machines that takes place in Australia and Abu Dhabi.
The Toyota 86 is an excellent package. It’s a weekend car that can be used every day and it has more than adequate grunt. What’s more, it has power that you can actually exploit on the road. What would you rather have? A 500kW supercar where you can access and explore around 20-30 percent of the power day-to-day or a 147kW analogue coupe you can get the most out of in everyday driving situations?