Car Spotlight >> Modified Toyota 86

Sitting in the pits at the 86 test drive on Sunday was this lightly tuned version of the car for the press to check out. Sitting on 18-inch BBS wheels it was also wearing a subtle but effective aero package. Up front there are lower bumper add ons at each corner with an air guide around the center opening and a very thin lip spoiler. The car was a left hand drive model, probably European market as it was fitted with the obligatory headlight washers.

The big STI-like wing certainly gives a whole new look to the 86! The stock rear bumper was enhanced with a pair of corner garnishes while the profile of the car lowered thanks to more aggressive side skirts.

Curiously the suspension looked stock, at least the height. The 18-inch BBS wheels were wrapped in…

…brand new Bridgestone RE86 (86…do you get it?) tires. The car I drove was on Michelins so not sure if these will be a performance option or not. We will just have to wait and see when more details are released. Despite the step up to 18-inch wheels the tire width was the same 215 mm as the stock 17s.

Under the hood the EJ remains in stock configuration…

…maybe gaining a little bit of aural presence thanks to the redesigned exhaust.

The car was running some pretty nice bucket seats!

The interior was spiced up with carbon trim and a set of TRD gauges mounted where the audio/navigation would usually be fitted. This is a very small initial glimpse into the tuning side of the 86. I'm sure we will be seeing a few fettled versions of the car tomorrow at the Tokyo Motor Show!

Toyota 86 on Speedhunters

-Dino Dalle Carbonare