The Toyota AE85 is one of the most iconic cars of all times. While the Production stopped over three decades ago, it still remains fresh in auto enthusiasts' minds. Here's a render which updates the AE86 for the 2020s.
Though Toyota is historically known more for making reliable and mass-produced vehicles, and it has produced a legendary few which go into the automotive hall of fame. The Land Cruiser, Supra, 2000 GT, and the Lexus LF-A are some of the greatest ever produced by the carmaker. They are also the most famous of them all but one car that hasn't exactly been in the limelight is the AE86. With that said, even though the AE86 has been out of production for over 30 years now, it is still beloved among auto enthusiasts, especially in Japan. Though the current Toyota GT 86 is the spiritual successor, a reborn AE86 for the 2020s would be something else entirely. Today we came across these renders which dreams of just that.
The pictures have been rendered by Rain Prisk, who says that he created the rendering to preview a potential retro-inspired design for the new 86 carrying the spirit of the Toyota AE86. “The car has almost exactly the same dimensions as the previous GT86, it's just a little bit wider,” he explains. The render stays true to the original AE86 and retains the overall design cues of the original though looks thoroughly modern.
This Toyota AE86 render is painted in the same dual-tone black and white scheme as the original while the alloys have been updated and get a single white-spoke on its otherwise all-black colourway. The overall design of the AE86 render is more rounded and sleek compared to the original’s boxy and straight-edged design. One thing that this render is missing is the classic pop-up headlights of the AE86 Trueno, though these new slim and sharp LED headlights don’t distract from the design. Over to the rear, the taillights are smaller as well, giving it a more modern touch. Overall, this render is beautiful and is a loving homage to the original.
The Toyota AE86 came in two body styles, the Corolla Levin and the Sprinter Trueno, and it is the latter one that has been immortalized in the Initial D anime. It was powered by a 1.6-litre naturally-aspirated four-pot in its home market of Japan, which produced 130 PS and 142 Nm of max power and torque. The engine was mated to a 5-speed manual as standard that sent power to the rear wheels.