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Very Interesting #200739 Jun 17, 9:35pm Jun 17, 9:35pm
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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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Re: Very Interesting [Re: CaLiGTS] #200740 Jun 17, 9:36pm Jun 17, 9:36pm
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Re: Very Interesting [Re: CaLiGTS] #200741 Jun 17, 9:37pm Jun 17, 9:37pm
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Re: Very Interesting [Re: CaLiGTS] #200742 Jun 17, 9:38pm Jun 17, 9:38pm
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Initial D all the way baby!! thumbsup


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Re: Very Interesting [Re: OBi3] #200743 Jun 17, 9:39pm Jun 17, 9:39pm
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Originally Posted by OBi3
Initial D all the way baby!! thumbsup

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Re: Very Interesting [Re: CaLiGTS] #200744 Jun 17, 9:40pm Jun 17, 9:40pm
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wish i had one


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Re: Very Interesting [Re: CaLiGTS] #200745 Jun 17, 9:41pm Jun 17, 9:41pm
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toyota has been producing great fun vehicles, since back in the day people!! thumbsup tasty thumbsup


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Re: Very Interesting [Re: gtscelica05] #200746 Jun 17, 9:47pm Jun 17, 9:47pm
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Originally Posted by gtscelica05
wish i had one


me too


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Re: Very Interesting [Re: CaLiGTS] #200747 Jun 18, 1:14am Jun 18, 1:14am
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Re: Very Interesting [Re: CaLiGTS] #200748 Jun 18, 5:13am Jun 18, 5:13am

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its alright...not very nice sytle wise...but its nice thumbsup

Re: Very Interesting #200749 Jun 18, 10:25am Jun 18, 10:25am
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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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Re: Very Interesting [Re: CaLiGTS] #200750 Jun 18, 10:27am Jun 18, 10:27am
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Re: Very Interesting [Re: CaLiGTS] #200751 Jun 18, 11:33am Jun 18, 11:33am
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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

Re: Very Interesting [Re: ragingpaseo] #200752 Jun 18, 8:41pm Jun 18, 8:41pm
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Great for drifting. I saw a couple of them in a JDM drifting video & they were pretty sweet.

Re: Very Interesting [Re: v3n0m] #200753 Jun 18, 8:46pm Jun 18, 8:46pm
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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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Re: Very Interesting [Re: calidrifter] #200755 Jun 19, 8:47am Jun 19, 8:47am
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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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Re: Very Interesting [Re: RacerX225] #200756 Jun 20, 9:36am Jun 20, 9:36am
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Re: Very Interesting [Re: RacerX225] #200757 Jun 23, 2:29pm Jun 23, 2:29pm
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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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