Toyota GT 86 Comes Face-to-Face with its 1980s AE86 Predecessor

The Toyota GT 86 and its Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ siblings are all the talk these days with video comparisons popping left and right every week, sometimes even more often.

While Chris Harris recently tested the GT 86 against the closely priced Nissan 370Z and a used Porsche Cayman S, Autoexpress magazine’s Owen Mildenhall took a different approach by comparing the rear-wheel drive sports coupe against its forefather and the car that inspired its creation, the Corolla Levin AE86 from the 1980s.

In UK trim at least, a 123bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine pushing power to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox motivates the AE86 that’s featured in the video.

The newer Toyota model makes use of a Subaru-sourced 2.0-liter flat-four that’s good for 198bhp or 200PS. A six-speed stick shift directs power to the rear axle.

The magazine quotes a zero to 62mph sprint times of 7.6 seconds for the GT86 and 8.3 seconds for its predecessor.

To see how the AE86 measures up against the GT 86, hop over the break for the video.


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