The Toyota GT86 represents the return of something exciting in the Toyota brand’s model range in many years. Not only is it Toyota’s first rear-wheel drive sports coupe since production of the Supra ended in 2002, but it is being marketed as a Corolla Levin (AE86) reincarnation. The AE86 was without doubt one of the best affordable rear-wheel drive sports coupes of the 1980s, and with Japanese race car driver, Keiichi Tsuchiya, performing wonders on the race track and deserted mountain roads with one, the AE86 became a popular choice for enthusiasts, drifters, and tuners. So, if the new GT86 is to be anything like its predecessor, it will have to be affordable, rear-wheel drive, have potential for tuning, be lightweight, and – most importantly – be fun to drive.
With 2012 just days away from ending, we can only hope that 2013 will have as many exciting new cars as this year did. Here is a gallery of 22 cars that made a good first impression. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Subaru UK has released details of a power upgrade for the WRX STI, while at the same time lowering the price tag.
Prices now start at £26,695 for the WRX STI –roughly £6,000 lower. Subaru UK also announced a new financing option which can see customers paying less than £300 a month.
The 2012 Geneva Motor Show is anything but short of exciting new cars. There are far too many cool cars to have them all posted here, but with more than 100 photos, it's more than just a taste of what the show has to offer. Make sure you come back next week for the ultimate standouts of the show.
According to the good people at Autocar.co.uk, Toyota and Subaru have confirmed that they will go back to building their affordable, fun to drive, rear wheel drive coupe.
Toyota president, Akio Toyoda, said Toyota plans to use its experience in the world of racing to create a car that is fun to drive, while remaining affordable. Toyota hopes to attract a new generation of buyers with this new sports model, and also polish up its image. The "Toyobaru" is planned for sales release within the next few years.
A Subaru Impreza WRX comes from the factory with a 2.5l turbocharged engine producing 265hp, which enables it to go from 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds, not exactly a slow car. But when put up against a twin-turbocharged Ford GT pushing around 1000 hp, in a 1 mile drag race, well you will see the difference between a fast car and monster on four wheels.