Bone-Stock Chrysler Pacifica Smokes 2017 Toyota 86 In Drag Race

Yes, you read that right, the Chrysler Pacifica is actually faster than the facelifted Toyota 86.

Now, we would normally keep the result a surprise, but it’s not often that a bone-stock minivan makes a case for itself on the drag strip, against a sports car, as this was the outcome posted by the folks over at Cars.com.

And to understand what makes the successor of the Town & Country quicker than the Toyota 86, we need to look at the minivan’s specs: the 3.6-liter V6 produces 287hp and 262lb-ft (355Nm) of torque. FCA also offers a detuned version of the same mill, with a 16 kWh battery pack, in the hybrid version of the car.

At the other end, the 2017 Toyota 86, which came to replace the defunct Scion FR-S, uses a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, which pushes out 205hp and 156lb-ft (212Nm) of torque, with a manual gearbox, while the automatic variant is good for 200hp.

There’s obviously a big weight difference between the two, but with the right driver behind the wheel, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is the vehicle to place your bets on, during a drag race.

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  • Dennis Scipio

    Well dang, the Heavier Minivan that’s more powerful accelerated faster off the line than the Sports Coupe.

    • Jay

      Yep, pretty embarrassing to have an 86..

      • Bo Hanan

        Yeah, but did Toyota see the video?

    • Scaticus

      How does a heavier car translate to a faster track time? You mean power-to-weight ratio. A sports coupe should do well on a drag, or else its just not a sports car.

    • Aozora

      yea I know what a surprise

  • Liam Paul

    I always said the toyota gt86 was under power. This proves it in such a sad shameful way lol. A minivan beating Toyota’s halo car. You just can’t make shit this good up lol.

    • Matt

      Everybody said the GT86 was underpowered, not just you.

    • The Watcher

      Toyota USA Halo car is Land Cruiser in case you don’t know.

    • brn

      Maybe the Pacifica is overpowered.

      I kid. My base Taurus will smoke either vehicle. The gt86 doesn’t need a lot more power, but it really should have around 50 more hp and 70 more ft/lb to be taken seriously. Make it an option at least.

  • Chris Zeidler

    And the Toyota Sienna smokes the Pacifica, who cares! Let’s see those vans, or even a Miata handle like the 86!

    • Craig

      How many winding highways are you traveling on?

    • Benjamin B.

      It is AWD. I’d like to see it go against the Pacifica for Toyota.

    • Scaticus

      Actually that is not true, the Sienna is NOT faster.

      • Caelum

        This drag race only proves this: AMERICAN cars still SUCK and Toyota (ASIAN) is still the #1 automaker in the world.
        Ain’t no Chrysler Pacifica changing THAT!

        • brn

          Your logic confuses me.

          • Scaticus

            Yea that made ZERO sense!!

  • Apples and Oranges

    A ridiculous comparison. One is about hauling (a family)—the other about handling. It seems today that people are more impressed with straight line performance versus the actual art of driving.

    • Scaticus

      That was the whole point, the fact that a minivan beat out a “sports” car is very ridiculous!!!

  • Craig

    Give praise where praise is due. Good for you, Pacifica.

    • kachuks

      If we yank out all the seats and the vacuum cleaner, can we call it a Pacifica Demon?

      • Craig

        lol – I bet the Pacifica Demon would get to 60 in 7.5. Maybe 7.4 seconds!!

      • T_Cake

        Please, please don’t give Dodge any ideas about stuffing that engine into something else. I’m sure if they still made them, you’d be hearing about the new Neon Hellcat.

  • Six_Tymes

    “HAHA!”

  • Karl

    Ha ha ha! All show and no go! How embarrassing and pathetic for the Toyota 86.. Go Chrysler!

  • kachuks

    How about a hybrid Pacifica with the Pentastar tuned to all 305 hp plus the electric motors? I’ve said it before, it’s the La Ferrari of minivans.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    “Sports” car.

    • Joshua Selvidge

      The definition doesn’t require fast

      • Tumbi Mtika

        I know.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    This is a head-desk moment for Toyota right now.

  • morphoyle

    Too bad I can’t take the Pacifica to a track or use it for autocross. And it’s a van.

    • brn

      Why can’t you? Just slow waaaaay down for the corners.

  • TheBelltower

    And instead of offering the 86 with more power to spur sales, this year they offered additional decals.

    Way to go geniuses at Toyota.

  • europeon

    inb4 FCA’s quality… sigh…

  • RDS Alphard

    I don’t understand what’s the fuzz about Toyota 86 is lack of power, the AE86 was lack of power too & people seems to fine with it, but 86 being lack of power & people just whine like a supercharger upgrade kit that supposed to be under the bonnet of a 86.

  • james pond

    The 86 is a slow car. No one has ever claimed a stock one is anywhere near quick.
    Chrysler minivans have always been able to haul ass.
    I would’ve been more surprised if the Toyota won.

    • Ed Ward

      No Toyota or mazda or Subaru or bmw or ford etc can outrun a chrysler product.

      • james pond

        Well, with the Demon, it’ll be hard to get ahead.

  • SteersUright

    The 86 was always designed and marketed as a “momentum” type of sports car, like a Miata, first gen Elise, and many other small, light sports machines. These cars are tons of fun at the track, but fall on their face on the street where most of us drive on a grid, with the occasional highway acceleration ramp.
    The issue with this car is, it landed in the market at a time when gas became cheap again and big power re-emerged everywhere from any family sedan to, yes, minivans. Suddenly, it was far less appealing at $30k sitting next to much higher powered coupes. Still, Toyota/Subaru should be agile companies able to quickly respond and instill confidence in the marketplace while bolstering their own image and credibility. The market demanded power, they should’ve shown their creative and engineering capability by delivering. Instead, these highly anticipated sports cars became somewhat of a joke, aside from those that actually own/track these. I always hear much love/praise from actual owner/track-day enthusiasts.

    • brn

      It doesn’t need “big power”, but it should get to 60mph in no more than 7 seconds.

      • SteersUright

        I’d say less than 5.5 seconds. Less than 5.5 is sports car territory and not even all that fast actually until you’re in the 4’s.

  • Joseph deVeer

    No kidding. The minivan is much more powerful. The 86 is built for handling, not drag racing. It’s not a muscle car.

    • Scaticus

      A slow car is still no fun if it can’t move through the twisties on its own. Lack of power is no excuse for a “handing” car.

      So with that in mind the faster Pacifica should be about even on the track given its faster times?!

      • Joseph deVeer

        Perhaps. Until the Pacifica wipes out on a curve.

        • Scaticus

          When it has to slow down for curves it makes up for it in speed. Again making it even on the track against this “sports” car.

  • Benjamin B.

    Sorry, Jezza Clarkson, it’s not just about power and speed.

  • Sean Burbank

    Wonder if anyone even watched the video. The GT86 was an auto. Looks like traction control was on and they didn’t hit the gas and preload the torque converter. Definitely not a good professional review.

    • Scaticus

      Really… The van was an auto too, what is your point? And those things you say you “saw” would the Pacifica not have had the same things done. And a car that is as slow as the 86, the traction control did nothing in the way of slowing it down, its just slow on its own.

      Dude you cannot defend a car that is flat out beat by a minivan! But nice try.

  • Adam Wood

    Kind of silly. Nothing wrong with the 86… The car is meant to be fun to drive and it’s incredibly successful at that. Too much emphasis on going in a straight line out there. Many cars will beat the 86 in that competition but you won’t have much fun in most of them when just cruising the back roads. The 86 isnt powerful…It’s powerful enough…

    • Mill0048

      Well put.

  • Ary Wisesa

    Well, instead for arguing, let’s just try to drive both of them. I’ve driven a 86 and I think it’s very fun, especially for twisty road and sliding. I dont know about Chrysler Pasifica, never drive it.

  • Benjamin Orlowski

    Gt86 is automatic

    • Scaticus

      So was the van!!!!

  • Aozora

    And how much does the Chrysler cost?

    • Scaticus

      Go to chrysler.com.

      • Aozora

        that wasn’t the point

        • Scaticus

          So even if you buy the cheapest Pacifica at 28K (same V6 engine in all models) and if you buy the cheapest (26k) or most expensive (29k) 86 it too has the same 4 cyl engine. So again your rhetorical question still does not hold up.

  • Blanka Li

    Maybe NOW the Toyabaru will FINALLY get more horsepower.

  • Mikey Fouts

    You also have to take into account that the 86 featured is an automatic…. Who the hell buys this car in an automatic? Compared to it’s manual sister the car is significantly slower, there’s about a 2 second difference in 0-60 time, they make about the same amount of power but power is power and a slight difference can make all of the difference.

    • brn

      Yes, if you look at a good time for the manual and a bad time for the auto.

      With similar conditions, the typical difference between the two is 0.7 seconds, which is still significant.

  • KidRed

    Another example of how this car fails in the power department.

  • smartalec

    Why would you buy an auto 86?

  • Joshua Selvidge

    It’s really important to note that this is an automatic 86 which both has less power and longer gears. Oh and a longer FD for better economy.
    Let’s see this with the manual

    • Joshua Selvidge

      Also for $1500 worth of you’ve and you’re at about 240bhp with the frs

  • oh how i miss the Opel Zafira OPC..