For the last few years there’s been something missing from the Toyota stable, and that’s been a really good road car. Toyota 4x4s are, and probably always will be some of the best off-roaders in the world, but for the last few years Toyota has been missing that vehicle which reignites South Africa’s love for one of its most famous brands. The Toyota 86 is the Cupid’s arrow.

In a partnership between two Japanese super powers, Toyota and Subaru, Toyota have managed to create a car that is both fun to drive and great to look at. We have always been a fan of Subaru at Afropolitan, because they worry more about the drive than they do about looking good and Toyota have been leading the way in motoring for decades now, so this partnership seems a match made in heaven.

For the last few years there’s been something missing from the Toyota stable, and that’s been a really good road car. The Toyota 86 is the Cupid’s arrow.

The interior of the 86 is basic, almost million rand sports car in its design, but when you first slide into the 86’s bucket seats, there is no doubt what the car is made for and why you are behind the wheel. This is a car made for speed and fun, and you are there to drive the roof off it. The two litre engine delivers good power, great acceleration and surprisingly good fuel economy, and because of the Subaru influence, the Boxer engine, which lies on its side, delivers a punch well above its weight.

Ranging from around R300 000 upwards, the 86 would be an investment in your sanity, by driving something completely insane on a whole new scale of awesome. Yes it’s impractical with no real rear seats and a boot as big as a shoe box, but it turns head and will blow your mind.