2017 Toyota 86 Review …AutoGuide.com
About five years ago, Toyota and Subaru reintroduced the world to the world of affordable, lightweight, rear-wheel drive coupes. The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ were extremely hyped, with enthusiasts believing that sports cars are making a comeback in a world dominated by crossovers.
However, when it hit showrooms, and the test drives were issued, the cars ended up polarizing car fans, rather than uniting them.
There were two camps. Those that truly understood that a lightweight, pure, uncompromised driving experience equals a real sports car. And then there were those that thought that speed, power and torque is what a sports car is truly about. Those in the latter camp were really disappointed by the Toyobaru twins, with just 200 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque, the car was lacking the get-up feeling of bigger coupes like Ford Mustangs, or hot hatches like the VW GTI.
Those in the former camp didn’t care about the specs. The lightweight car was a throwback to sports cars of yesteryear. It was fun, agile and affordable. These enthusiasts bought the car and sales were strong right out of the gate.