AE86s are cheap enough that any kid can buy one if they can find one that hasn't been crashed into a tree by now. You're looking at the car with which thousands and thousands of drivers have learned how to go sideways, how to run a racing team, how to have fun with cars. … [Read more...] about Three Cheers For The Great AE86
Larry Chen at Speedhunters recently uncovered the unbelievable "brand new" 25 year old AE86 Toyota Corolla seen here on a trip to Belgium. If you've ever wondered what a perfectly optioned AE86 would have looked like fresh from the dealer's lot, wonder no more. … [Read more...] about This is what a “brand new” 25 year old AE86 Toyota Corolla looks like
What they discovered is that the similarities are more than just marketing hype. "The GT 86 really does have the genes of the AE86, and that's what makes it so great," reviewer Owen Mildenhall tells us. In addition, the Reagan-era hatchback still has decent chops on the track, owing more to its balance and 2,100-pound curb weight than its 123-horsepower engine. … [Read more...] about Watch The AE86 Face Off Against The GT 86 On A Track
There was some grumbling over the choices in our last Choose Your Eternity challenge (which was won by the '77 Levis Edition AMC Hornet AMX by a healthy margin), ostensibly because they were too easy… but we know the real reason: being reminded of the Malaise Era brings up the uncomfortable parallels between the hard economic times then and those now. Of course, there are differences; sure, the current war is more expensive- in dollar terms- than was Vietnam, but inflation isn't the raging beast it was back then (though the bill for our 15-year debt binge looks to be just as painful as 20% inflation was). What we need is a flashback to Morning In America! The 80s, when the Evil Empire was crumbling and Toyota still built cars that didn't hit you like a triple Valium with cough syrup chaser; yes, it's Corolla Time!there? Send those guys to Europe for a crash course in complexity, then to Detroit for some lessons in bean-counter-driven corner-cutting! But it's still possible to get … [Read more...] about Project Car Hell, Screamin’ Corolla Edition: AE86 or FX16?
The Toyota FT-86 concept is the fruit of cooperation between Toyota Motor Company and Subaru, and as such will wear a common chassis and some degree of engine commonality, at the least a 2.0 liter, four cylinder boxer engine dubbed the "C-45 Boxer" and making between 200 and 250 HP will power the rear wheels through a manual six speed transmission, and get this — no hybrid system. Saints be praised. … [Read more...] about Toyota FT-86 Concept: Behold, The New AE86