With a collaboration project theme with the Subaru, the Toyota introduced the BRZ as the 86 in the year 2012. The 86 is a rear wheel drive sports car which is very much close to a capable and true sportscar. It is balanced, convincing and goes wild with higher revs. The tallness and the other dimensions are maintained so well that the driver won't feel any trouble in driving as well as having fun with it. Inside the cabin is a blend of a sedan and a sports vehicle; it has healthy storage gaps and the material quality is also premium. Toyota concentrated more over the performance which led to the practicality suffering with the fussiness inside the cabin.
The Subaru brought Boxer engine under the hood which is a great performer and has a lot to do with the action. Issues concerning power lag and stability will start appearing after 4000 rpm, but before the alleged count, the 86 is extremely fun to drive. The reliability of Toyota is bullet proof and cost of ownership along with the maintenance are extremely low. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder 16 valve DOHC D-4S Boxer engine churns 197 hp of horsepower at 6800 rpm with 205 Nm of torque at 6600 rpm. The 6 speed automatic gearbox is mated to the engine which delivers its best to the rear wheels. The acceleration from zero to 100 kmph is approachable in 8 seconds, which is pretty normal for the category, however it can go upto the top speed of 210 kmph with the average mileage bearing 11 kmpl.
Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ are one and the same, and they bear the same design offset from the face to the base. It puts on a proper sportscar shape with similar tactics followed at places; the lights are designed in a small pattern with bi-xenon and LED lamps while the lower profile is simple and not so enthusiastic. At the rear, the design is clever with a sense of lifted up nature and the black sporty inserts making it feel better. It counts its dimensions with 4240 mm of length, 1775 mm of width and 1285 mm of height. The wheelbase is 2570 mm long, but most of its value is been eaten up by the engine compartment. The 17-inch alloy wheels are cloaked over with 215/45 R17 tyres.
The generosity of space can be seen at the first row of the car. The Toyota 86 has got one of the finest seats and they behave well to keep the driver fixed on corners. The positioning of equipments is also ergonomic on the dashboard where one can access each ad every switch gear with a feel of quality and austereness. The audio system has a touch screen display along with the input support from the USB, Aux and satellite radio. Steering however doesn't carry any of the control buttons and it looks quite basic as well, but its angle with respect to the driver's positioning is just great. The rear seats are not comfortable and you can use them to keep small luggage if you have already used up the 243 liters of cargo area.
The standard equipment of this car comprises of anti lock braking systems, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, 7 multiple airbags, vehicle dynamic control and engine immobilizer. The global crash tests have crowned this car with 4 stars of safety which is not bad either. The stability is as firm as the brand's image and the drive is just remarkable. Pushing it hard could arise some controlling issues as the tyres go out of the way due to less grip, but the brakes are strong enough to cope up with those circumstances. The double wishbone suspension at the rear and McPherson strut at the front dissolves most of the bounces.
Subaru has managed to inject its racing DNA inside this Toyota. This sports car can charm you with its looks and performance, but takes a back seat when it comes to comfort and handling.