Toyota 86 2.0 S Review: Automatic choice

Toyota 86 2.0 S Review: Automatic choice

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
06 Oct 2012
What we like:
pros
Dynamic and agile handling
pros
superb driving position
pros
that 86 nameplate
pros
slick gear change.
What we dislike:
cons
Needs more torque
cons
induction drone can be tiring to listen to
cons
not as affordable as we'd want it to be.

In base model S variant, the 86 is at its most affordable. The S is a noticeable $13k cheaper to buy than the GS but the question here is if it’s really a lesser alternative to the higher spec model or is it better value-for-money than the GS after all? On the outside, the S can immediately b marked out by its smaller 16-inch wheels, wrapped in 205/55 R16 rubber. The resr of the exterior is similar to the GS, right down to the rear diffuser and other design elements. The small 16-inch wheels though, do make the 86 less purposeful and sporty than models fitted with larger alloys.

Inside, the S makes do with a simpler instrument pack with less fanciful dials and without the GS’s digital speedometer within the centrally mounted rev counter. The S also doesn’t come with a push button start so the centre console mounted start button on the GS is no where to be found in here. S models with auto boxes also make do without the GS’s paddle shifters.

On the road, there are only minute differences between the S and GS. The latter feels sharper on turn in and this could be due to its larger and wider tyres. The S’s lack of LSD is hardly noticeable on the road too while ride is marginally better due to the smaller wheels. Most importantly though, the base model 86 still has overall dynamic feel, balance and fun factor as the more expensive models. Moreover, for those who have the intentions to modify and customises their 86s, the lack of standard kit and the small wheels will hardly matter at all.

Credits: Story and photos by Raymond Lai

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