If you haven’t heard about the new Toyota 86, where have you been? Since the Scion brand was retired last year, the auto industry has been abuzz with news of the Scion FR-S being rebranded as the Toyota 86 beginning in 2017.
A joint creation with Subaru, the 86 sports car brings new verve to the Toyota lineup at a competitive price. The two-door 2017 86 coupe is offered in seven different body colors, including Ablaze, Raven, Oceanic, and Halo.
Under the hood of the 2017 Toyota 86 rests a rough-and-tumble 2.0-liter four-cylinder, horizontally-opposed engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission (or available automatic, if you prefer).
While its 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque may be expected, what is surprising is the 27 mpg combined city/highway fuel economy the 86 gets with automatic transmission. Its 2,774-pound curb weight keeps it light on its toes, able to soar from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds.
The 86 doesn’t come in a million trim levels like other vehicles that expect you to pay more to get what you want. Instead, this Toyota coupe offers all its standard features in the sole “L” trim—from sport bucket seats and backup camera to eight-speaker sound system and keyless entry.