Monthly Archives: May 2013

RunFree Levin Drifting Minami in Ebisu Circuit

 


Happy 30th Birthday AE86!

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Be it Levin, Trueno, Corolla, GT, SR-5 or GT Apex, 30 years ago today our favourite Toyota was ‘born’.

In a period where most manufacturers (and even Toyota themselves) were moving to the more cost-efficient front wheel drive platform, the last RWD Corolla to be built was given a proper send off: A new compact, lively, lightweight chassis paired to Toyota’s new punchy twincam electronic fuel injected engine, the now legendary 4A-GE.

I’ve lived a third of my life now with my AE86 and consequently it’s also been a third of her life too. Good times and great memories driving together.

Whatever you do today, make sure to give your AE86 some special love. Granted, yours may not be an ’83 model, but you can still celebrate your own good times with a special polish, tune up or simply a good old blast through your favourite canyon road.

So Happy Birthday AE86! Here’s to another 30 years!


86RC Comes To New Zealand

Isn’t Australia supposed to be the ‘lucky country‘? So why is it we have been bypassed on the ‘build your own’ version of the ZN6 86, the ‘RC’? Japan has embraced the ‘bare-bones’  model with open arms as almost every tuning house in the land of the rising sun grabbed one and put every combination of aftermarket parts into it.

So now that New Zealand is doing the same AND offering a slew of customisable Gran-Turismo style custom upgrades, I’m left wondering what the hell Toyota Australia is doing snoozing on getting the RC to Australian shores?

If you’re one of our Kiwi readers, check out what you can all walk down to the dealership and get at the official website here. For everyone else here in Australia and over in the US, well just visit it and cry a little I suppose.

[86RC – Toyota New Zealand]