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The 86, Toyota's most passionate car

Toyota produces boring sedans, hybrids and minivans, all very practical. But then there is the 86, a surprising bundle of compact sport craziness.

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The 86, a joint project between Subaru and Toyota, was originally introduced in the US as the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ. Other areas of the world knew this car as the Toyota GT 86 and Toyota 86. With the demise of the Scion brand, Toyota took this sports car under its wing and applied its global 86 name.

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Although the 86 doesn't see major updates for its introduction into the Toyota lineup, there have been a number of tweaks and updates. Note the larger air intake up front.

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Toyota stiffened the 86's suspension to make it handle even better, yet the ride remains comfortable.

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LED headlights add a modern edge.

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The two-liter, flat-four engine receives five extra horsepower, up to 205, on manual transmission models.

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Although not terribly powerful, the 86 shows excellent handling, letting you milk it for all it's worth on public roads.

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LED parking lights add a visible night-time accent.

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Creases in the roof guide air flow, and create a little headroom for helmeted occupants.

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The 86 is a pure coupe, with only two doors and a very limited back seat.

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The front engine, rear-wheel-drive format is a classic among sports cars.

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Toyota offers a number of easy upgrades from its Toyota Racing Division (TRD) group, including lowering springs and custom wheels.

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The 86 badge sits on the fender and in other strategic places around the car.

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The trunk, at 9.6 cubic feet, doesn't offer a whole lot of room.

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A rear diffusor helps high-speed handling.

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Although small, the trunk opens wide for easy access.

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LED taillights should last the life of the car.

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