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May 26, 2012
 

Report: Toyota 86 already sold out

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Report: Toyota 86 already sold out

According to CarSales.com.au, ’s first sportscar in six years is already a sell-out success in , where more than 400 fans have ensured that demand will exceed initial supplies of the all-new 86 Coupe.

With just over a week to go before the 86 is officially released (next Monday, June 4), Toyota has confirmed the first shipment is already accounted for and that buyers who place a deposit now will have to wait at least two months for delivery.

Spokesman Mike Breen told motoring.com.au that Toyota has secured enough vehicles to initially supply each dealer with at least one 86, with two going to some large metropolitan retailers.

“But given we have about 300 dealers, with more than 400 pre-sold – most of which have deposits against them – all our initial cars are sold,” he said.

“Rough estimates, based on the current rate of enquiry, are that there will be a two-month wait for cars after that. It’s better to have more buyers than cars, rather than the other way round.”

Motoring.com.au understands Toyota dealers have been accepting $1000 deposits for the brand’s first sportscar since the Celica and the first rear-wheel drive Toyota passenger car since the MR2 – both of which were discontinued Down Under in 2006 – since December, making it the most sought-after Toyota since supply-constrained trucks like the FJ Cruiser and HiLux.

We’ve also learned that some local 86 enthusiasts have offered up to $3000 extra to jump the delivery cue, with one example sold to a Perth fan, who was determined to receive the first example delivered in West , some nine months ago – before the final production version, let alone its local price or specification, was revealed.

Speculation about the 86’s Australian price has circulated ever since Toyota and announced it would co-develop an affordable, compact rear-drive coupe – based on the Impreza platform and powered by a flat-four with Toyota D-4S direct-injection – more than four years ago.

Toyota revealed it was targeting a “low-$30,000s” starting price at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, and more recently said it was still striving to lock in a sub-$40,000 entry price with its Japanese HQ.

However, that now appears to have been designed to pave the way for a lower-than-expected admission price for the most anticipated new Toyota in a generation, with motoring.com.au dealer sources confirming the 86 will be priced from the mid-$30,000 region, at about $35,990 for the entry-level 86 GT. Expect the flagship 86 GTS variant to cost about $45,990.

Even more interestingly, our sources insist Subaru ’s single-variant Coupe – which is not expected on sale until August – will be just as affordable as the base 86 GT, or even cheaper.

While Toyota has no sporting model at risk of losing sales to the 86 (a convertible version of which has also been all but confirmed), this positioning would see the rear-drive significantly undercut Subaru’s popular Impreza hero, which competes with a gaggle of small hot-hatch rivals – including the Mazda3 MPS, Lancer Ralliart, Renault Megane RS250 and Golf GTI – at $39,990.

Either way, both the entry-level 86 GT and the sole variant will come standard with seven airbags, electronic stability control, ABS brakes, air-conditioning, front foglights and power windows/mirrors.

Both four-seat coupes will also be powered by a 2.0-litre Subaru boxer engine that delivers 147kW (at 7000rpm) and 205Nm of torque (at 6600rpm) to the rear wheels via a Torsen limited-slip differential and either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles.

The automatic version, which comes with a racy throttle-blip function during downshifts, is likely to cost just $1000 extra.

Staying true to the joint-venture’s original brief, all vehicles will undercut the lightweight 1200kg mark – except for the 86 GTS auto, which will have a kerb weight of 1220kg.

However, we understand the single will ride on 17×7.0-inch alloy wheels, which are reserved for the top-spec 86 GTS, with the base 86 GT to come with 16×6.5-inch alloys.

Providing more clues to the ’s local equipment list, Toyota dealers have confirmed both 86 variants will come standard with a six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth telephony, streaming and AUX and USB inputs, while the premium GTS variant will offer a colour touch-screen with satellite-navigation.

’s 86 – which is known as the GT 86 in Europe and the in the US – will be available in seven exterior paint colours: Pegasus White, Tornado Grey, Fuji Red, Sonic Blue, Thunder Silver, Storm Black and Velocity Orange.

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