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Jun 17, 10:35pm - #200739 
Very Interesting

Rookie's Guide- Corolla GTS AE86
Suspension- Front Strut /Solid Rear Axle
Engine- 1600cc 4AGE DOHC
Chassis- Front Engine Rear Wheel Drive
US Production- 1985-1987
Japan- 1983-1987



Introduction
The AE86 was introduced with the uncommon mass production twin cam engine, which was previously only available in high priced exotics. This gave the AE86 a leap in technology over previous corolla models. The AE86 was the only body style to retain a front engine and rear wheel drive configuration, making it last rear wheel drive Corolla. The car was produced with a coupe and hatchback version. The fixed headlight "Levin" was not offered in North American. While it has already been out of production for 15 years, it still enjoys a dedicated following and can still be seen along many mountain sides around the world.

The Car
Although the appearance of the AE86 may seem like that a regular economy car, it's Hood hides a technological achievement for it's time. With 16 Valves, Dual Over Head Cams, and Toyota Variable Induction System (TVIS), it was not the regular economical engine that many expected. The heads were designed by Yamaha with this partnership still surviving today. The engine produced just 97lbs of torque and 112 horsepower. Although not very powerful, the strength of the engine lies in it's responsiveness and willingness to rev well pass 7000 rpm.

The suspension system consists of struts in the front and a solid rear axle in the rear supported by separated springs and shocks. The solid rear axle is very strong, but it's weakness is that the rear wheels cannot move independently of each other. This means that stability over ruff is compromised compared to independent suspension systems.


Driving
Driving the AE86, the first thing that is noticed is the weight of the car, or lack there of. The car is very responsive to steering and throttle inputs. It is very controllable when braking into corners and at times, the steering can be done with the throttle. Because of it's small size it is easy to place it where you want it on the road. The cornering limit is not very high, showing under steer at the limit. The engine is works well in high revs, but the gearing can feel too wide at times.

Opinion
The AE86 is one of the most rewarding cars to drive, new or used. A light weight, rear wheel driven coupe, that can seat 4, and carry a couple of spare tires, it is hard to ask for more than that. It is not the fastest car in a quarter mile, but the engine sure sounds good getting there. It doesn't have the most advanced suspension system, but it sure works well supporting the light weight body.


Most of the AE86s you will find today will need a lot of work. Restoration may cost the more than the vehicle itself. The AE86 is a great platform for learning and is truly deserving of it's popularity.


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Jun 17, 10:36pm - #200740 
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Jun 17, 10:37pm - #200741 
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Jun 17, 10:38pm - #200742 
Initial D all the way baby!! thumbsup


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Jun 17, 10:39pm - #200743 
Originally Posted by OBi3
Initial D all the way baby!! thumbsup

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Jun 17, 10:40pm - #200744 
wish i had one


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Jun 17, 10:41pm - #200745 
toyota has been producing great fun vehicles, since back in the day people!! thumbsup tasty thumbsup


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Jun 17, 10:47pm - #200746 
Originally Posted by gtscelica05
wish i had one


me too


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Jun 18, 2:14am - #200747 
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Jun 18, 6:13am - #200748 
its alright...not very nice sytle wise...but its nice thumbsup

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Jun 18, 11:25am - #200749 
I agree style wise its not much to look at but its fun to drive I bet. Although I have never driven one. It supposedly takes turns really well and what not. (info above)


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Jun 18, 11:27am - #200750 
I like one ... eventually

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Jun 18, 12:33pm - #200751 
Originally Posted by CaLiGTS
toyota has been producing great fun vehicles, since back in the day people!! thumbsup tasty thumbsup

just not here in the states... thumbsdown

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Jun 18, 9:41pm - #200752 
Great for drifting. I saw a couple of them in a JDM drifting video & they were pretty sweet.

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Jun 18, 9:46pm - #200753 
OK first of all pics 1 and 2 are levin's which in the states were produced as the SR5 not the GTS.


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Jun 19, 9:17am - #200754 
I wondered why the cars cost 150k on grand trisumo...

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Jun 19, 9:47am - #200755 
Originally Posted by calidrifter
OK first of all pics 1 and 2 are levin's which in the states were produced as the SR5 not the GTS.


You sound like the fat comicbook guy on the simpsons rofl


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Jun 20, 10:36am - #200756 
lol.. ^^^


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Jun 23, 3:29pm - #200757 
Originally Posted by RacerX225
Originally Posted by calidrifter
OK first of all pics 1 and 2 are levin's which in the states were produced as the SR5 not the GTS.


You sound like the fat comicbook guy on the simpsons rofl

bwahahahahaha if you see him in person he looks like him too rofl rofl rofl rofl j/k serg you have to admit that was funny rofl

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