After all this time driving the car around, it’s time to go a bit technical and show some of the mechanical features under the hood.
The beautiful thing about the 86 is that it is built to be a very basic car. Even Toyota’s advertising department complained about this as an issue during the 86’s development as there is nothing of the extra ordinary that can be used to create hype about this product. Toyota, along with many Japanese car makers, have always known and believed that advanced technology does not mean a best selling car and the formula seems to be applied here as well.
To make matters even simpler the steering wheel system is simply devoid of all hydraulics, pumps, fluids and hoses; rather an under-dash electrical motor, just like the one used in the LFA, connected to the steering column serves as the power steering unit and it does not ruin the steering feel as we would assume since its electric.
It’s all about the smart implementation and refinement of conventional and existent technologies. The engine bay is infested with sensors, which is not unusual for a modern day car and is cramped, as expected from a boxer engine. Still, everything can be clearly located and traced under the hood.
The front of the car is very low that the radiator had to be placed at a tilted angle. Plus, the exhaust cat is located somewhere under the engine itself. The whole engine sits somewhere at knee level of a standing person next to the car; which is pretty low. The under-body is completely concealed with a series of diffusers. You can see the metal diffuser under the engine bay and the slanted radiator in the picture above.
The battery is located at the passenger side; there were rumours that during development there plans were to shift the battery to the trunk, leaving more space in the engine bay for upgrades such as forced induction. The idea was scrapped as it would make the car more expensive if the battery was to be placed in the trunk.
A rubber boot on the firewall, located on the driver’s side, has been an interesting topic on various 86 & BRZ communities as it serves as easy access for drawing wiring for any aftermarket gauges or such.
Another nice feature, the first one you will ever notice once you open the hood, is the oil filter being located on top, right next to the oil filler cap. This is a lovely feature for those into DIY and it is something common on new Subaru engines.
Nothing unusual about the fuel cap door but the car seems to only run on 98 octane super fuel due to the fact it is equipped with direct injection. As I previously mentioned, there is a 15,000 km service interval to keep the injectors clean and running in top shape so no worries and Tetsuya Tada himself assured us that there is issue whatsoever about any direct injection woes with our local fuel quality.
This is the end of my short encounter with the top range Toyota 86. I have come to the conclusion that it might not be the fastest or most powerful car but the handling and creature comforts will not disappoint anybody whatsoever. Great everyday car, nicely balanced sports car, neat track day machine and a potential base for upgrades and modifications. Those wanting it to be a dedicated race car would consider adding an extra 20+ horsepowers to the engine which is not far fetched seeing how the aftermarket is drooling all over this car. The manual model of course would have a slightly better oomph compared to the automatic but the auto does not ruin the driving experience in anyway.