buying 2022 Toyota 86 embraces sports car evolution with fresh looks, more power
Chevy Corvette remained fastest-selling car in March, Toyota RAV4 Prime not far behind
The Corvette's inventory likely remains in short supply, and ditto for the RAV4 Prime.Still, according to new data from iSeeCars on Wednesday covering the month of March, a Corvette only stuck around at a dealership for 9.4 days on average. The average time to sell a vehicle sits at 47.4 days for all new vehicles, underscoring how quickly a Corvette in stock turns into a sale. While General Motors works to build the sports car as quickly as possible for eager fans, the second-place finisher is pretty surprising.
We saw the last year, and on Sunday, Toyota debuted its version. Welcome the second-generation Toyota 86 sports car to the world, which bows with more power, edgier looks and the same mission as its predecessor: provide affordable fun for the masses.
Toyota revealed the new 86 in Japan with partner Subaru showing off the BRZ for the first time locally. While the two wear different wrappers, the 86 is once again largely an identical car to the BRZ. Behind the Toyota Gazoo Racing grille sits a 2.4-liter flat-four engine, sans turbocharger, that makes 230 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. We'll have to wait for US-spec units to see if the 86 actually makes a couple more horsepower than the BRZ's 228 hp, or if the kilowatts-to-horsepower conversion is generous. Toyota told Roadshow US-specific information will come in the weeks ahead. Like the BRZ, the 2.4-liter engine replaces the 2.0-liter unit with over 20 more hp and nearly 30 additional lb-ft.
High-end branded car audio systems: Are they worth the money?
Here's a closer look at what goes into the creation of these often expensive audio upgrades.Before its partnership with Jeep , McIntosh worked directly with Harley-Davidson, Subaru and Ford on branded audio systems; the latter is exclusive to the 2005-2006 Ford GT. It also offered very high-end aftermarket car audio systems for a while, and has been around as a company since 1949.
Drivers will once again have the option of a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, and both send power to rear tires exclusively, measuring 215/40, just like those on the BRZ. A set of 18-inch wheels are standard. With the manual transmission, a sprint from 0 to 62 mph should take 6.3 seconds -- over 1 second quicker than the outgoing 86 -- and weight only increases by 23 pounds when comparing the new and old cars.
Roadshow understands the 86 was, indeed, to differentiate the new coupe more from the Subaru BRZ, and from the sound of it, engineers' goal was to create an even sportier car. The company said Toyota and Subaru engaged in "friendly rivalry" when both teams developed the cars, with the former working to build something a little more raw. It's not entirely different from how the current 86 and BRZ position themselves, with the Subaru version the more "luxurious" of the two, but it sounds like Toyota worked to heighten the sensation, at least on paper. The automaker promises a "distinct" driving feel from its corporate cousin to satisfy the goal of attainable performance.
Toyota Launches Semi-Autonomous Cars in Japan, Bringing to U.S. This Fall
Japan-market Lexus LS and Toyota Mirai cars made their debut with a Level 2 driver-assist system, which can learn driving conditions and will use over-the-air updates.Advanced Drive features a Level 2 autonomous system, so it helps keep the car in its lane, maintains the distance from other vehicles, and assists with lane changes. In Level 2, the driver is still required to monitor the road, hold the steering wheel most of the time, and be ready to take over control immediately.
Body rigidity is up 50% over the old 86, while the use of aluminum for the roof panels helps keep the low center of gravity a focal point. Aluminum also makes its way to fenders to help keep the curb weight down. New seats and a revised mufflers also contribute to the minimal weight increase. Meanwhile, functional aerodynamic pieces trickle down from motorsport campaigns. The extra weight present likely comes from the fact the new 86 bundles Subaru's EyeSight suite of driver-assist technology. The whole kit and caboodle comes along for the ride this time.
Speaking of kit, the cabin remains a driver-focused area, and like the BRZ, gains a new 7-inch display. The cockpits are identical to my eyes, when comparing the photos, but materials in the outgoing 86 are pretty good for the price, and hopefully, the 2022 86 keeps it up. When drivers climb in, Toyota says a nifty animation sequence fires up with inspiration from the car's boxer engine, too.
2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Manual First Test: Don't Call It Hot
Hot hatchbacks get all the love. Rightfully so; hot hatches such as the venerable Volkswagen Golf GTI and Honda Civic Type R can deliver enthusiasts a driving experience that rivals “proper” sports cars, without sacrificing the usable versatility of a roomy hatchback. The GTI and Type R are excellent vehicles, but plenty of drivers are better served by a less expensive, more efficient hatch that offers both a comfortable ride and a fun driving experience. Enter the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. Not a hot hatch, a warm hatch.
The absolutely embodies the joys of a "slow-car-fast" driving experience, and we're pretty stoked to get behind the wheel of this new one. So far, evolutionary changes seem to carry the 2022 86, but you know what they say, don't fix what isn't broken. The new car goes on sale in Japan this fall, and a US launch shouldn't be too far behind.
Development Autonomous Toyotas with Apex OS - APEX-AI cooperates with Toyota .
APEX-AI develops controls for autonomous vehicles. Now the Germans cooperate with Toyota. © Lexus Apex-AI is located in the California Palo Alto, Berlin and Munich. Chef and with-founder is the German Jan Becker, who has been a lecturer since 2010 for autonomous vehicles and driver assistance at Stanford University in California. As a visiting scientist, he previously worked at the University Artificial Intelligence Lab and was a member of Stanford Racing Team for Darpa Urban Challenge 2007.