Toyota 86 Initial D concept unveiled

Toyota 86 Initial D concept unveiled

Given that the modern-day 86 is inspired by the AE86 Corolla of the early-to-mid 1980s, it’s surprising that this is the first Toyota 86 Initial D concept to be officially commissioned by Toyota.

Created by Toyota’s UK arm, the concept is inspired by the car that starred in the Initial D manga comic books, which were published between 1995 and 2013, as well as the related 1998 animated television series.

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Like the AE86 Toyota Sprinter Trueno hatch driven by the series’ protagonist, Takumi Fujiwara, the 86 Initial D concept has a white body. The vinyl black stripe package across the 86’s lower body directly mimics the one fitted to Takumi’s AE86.

More modern elements, such as the concept’s yellow-tinted fog lights, dark-tinted tail-lights, and carbon-fibre bonnet, door handles and mirror caps achieve a similar effect to the original car’s design.

The 86 Initial D concept rides on black 17-inch Watanabe alloy wheels matched with a TRD Sportivo suspension setup and a Cusco Type OS front strut brace.

Other changes include a start button, oil filler cap and radiator cap sourced from TRD. Like the car used in the comics and TV show, the 86 Initial D concept is fitted with mud flaps.

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Although the concept is fitted with an Fujitsubo Authorize S exhaust system, no changes have been made to the 86’s 2.0-litre boxer four-cylinder engine, although the engine cover is painted silver in honour of the 20-valve ‘silver top’ 4A-GE 1.6-litre engine available on domestic market AE86 models.

In addition to creating the concept car, Toyota UK also commissioned British manga artist Sonia Leong to create the comic book-style backgrounds seen here.

The Toyota 86 Initial D concept will tour the UK throughout the northern summer. No word, yet, on whether the car will be used for tofu deliveries.

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