“Whatever it takes to keep interesting cars on the road” is how I approach the question of whether or not it’s okay to do electric conversions for older cars. Some purists hate it, and it’s true it’s never really the same as an internal combustion engine, but it gets the job done. And electrification has its…
If you own a stock Toyota AE86, Mazda RX-7, Datsun 280ZX, or any of the many legendary sports cars Japan produced in the ’70s and ’80s, first of all: you’re a lucky bastard. Second of all, if you’re having a hell of a time finding little 13-inch or 14-inch tires that actually look “right” on your car, there’s good…
Everyone knows the Toyota AE86 the corner-carving drift-toy of Initial D fanboys everywhere, but it advertised a top speed of 201 kph (125 mph). That sounds reasonable, but owner banpei wanted to know if it could it still go that fast after 34 years of use, and took his the Autobahn to see.
It’s pretty remarkable how context and nostalgia can make almost anything tolerable. I’m sure if you grew up with a parent slapping you with a dead sturgeon every night before you went to sleep, you’d be pretty okay with an occasional fish-slap today. That’s the only way I can explain the appeal of the Japanese-market…
Man, forget NASCAR and its participation trophy stage racing. Forget Formula One and how even the drivers don’t give a shit this year. The only racing I want to watch is Australia’s Improved Production Car Championship, and this wacky Honda Civic vs. Toyota AE86 battle is the best thing I’ve seen on track in forever.
The Toyobaru twins were always seen as throwbacks to the days of old AE86s and the drifting manga that made them famous. Now Toyota of the UK is completing the circle with an Initial D-tribute concept car.
“I’m just kind of the victim of a good deal.” Owning and driving two Toyota AE86’s can be a good deal, indeed.
The great old AE86 Corolla is a wonderful, light, and durable platform for any rear-wheel-drive mischief. What happens when you stick a V8 in one?
In New Zealand, motorsport runs as deep through the country as sheep-herding, fishing, and Hobbits. Practically every weekend of the year, you can find a hillclimb, street sprint, or track day somewhere in the country. So we went to the track with the Hutt Valley Motorsport Club, and hopped in president Jared Rush's…
"No car is as hyped up as the AE86," Mr. Regular says in the latest Regular Car Reviews test of a rather legendary vehicle. But can that vehicle really live up to its legend? Will it make your wildest touge drift dreams come true, or is it just a Corolla that happens to be rear-wheel drive?
This is a Toyota 1UZ V8 with individual throttle bodies. Does it sound good? No. It sounds perfect.
Finally warm enough to wash cars, an amusing picture opportunity presented itself.
Archer is usually pretty awesome with its car casting, and this week's episode was no exception. However, the scene above had a little error that bothered me. If it were almost any other small Japanese car, it wouldn't be so glaring, but a large part of the AE86's popularity and reputation is due to its rear-wheel…
By now you might be elbows deep in Christmas ham or grease from installing that turbo kit that was exactly what you wanted this year. But if you decided that you or someone you love should have gotten an affordable classic rear-wheel drive hatchback instead, consider this AE86 up for grabs on eBay.
Today is 8/6 day, so we shall honor the great Hachi Roku by sacrificing as many of them as we can find to the rear wheel drive gods.
Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe AE86 is proof positive that the Toyota Corolla hasn't always been as dull as a kiss from your sister, but will this one's price dull your ardor?
In America's backwards calendar days, it is 8/6/12, a perfect day to honor the trusty steed of the budget racer, rally driver, and drifter for the past few decades. In three videos, let us celebrate its drifty goodness.