First the specification of this vehicle
Chassis code: AE86
Horsepower: 112 hp (84 kW) @ 6600 rpm* Torque: 97 ft·lbf (132 N·m) @ 4800 rpm*
Weight: approximately 2200 lb (998 kg) to 2400 lb (1089 kg)
Engine: 4A-GE, 1587 cc
Engine type: DOHC 16-valve Inline-4 AFM Multiport Fuel Injection w/T-VIS
Transmission: T50, 8-bolt flywheel
Injector size: approx. 180 cc, low impedance
Differential: 6.7″ Open (T282) with 4.30:1 Ratio, 2-pinion
Wheels/tires: 14×5.5″ +27 mm Offset Rims with 185/60R14 82H Tires (195/60R14 85H for 86+ models)
First 7 characters of VIN: JT2AE88
I personally bought my own Toyota Corolla 86 reconditioned in 1998 it was 1.6 GLi SE Limited Edition but it was not EFi instead it was carburetor, 5 speed manual transmission front wheel drive, I called this babe ” The Dragon Fly ” it is one of the fastest car I’ve ever driven on, DOHC engine with 16 Valve, 4 cylinders, I seriously had no idea before, but when I took it on the highway, I still remember the performance and how intact it was simply ” flying in the blue dreams ” here in Pakistan specially on that time we did not had many options of sports cars, this was not sports model but it ripped off many custom modified cars easily on the drag racing, after minor changes I did like Oil, Plugs, Tyres and tunning. The first car on which I learn’t how to drift without using handbrake, just because it had the power to keep the wheel spinning i practiced my ass off to get the logic lowering the acceleration and just touching the brake back again giving throttle. This is the 2nd car on which I have touched 200 kmph right after this the rival of corolla 86 is Civic 95 Dolphin Model ” Bullet on the road “.
The Body shape is not completely dynamic but it is best for keep you stick on the road, the suspension and the brake horsepower is outclass. normally people drift the vehicle with handbrake or emergency brakes but tell you honestly it’s a little tricky but there is no need to use the emergency brakes. The overhead camshaft ( Twin Cam ) was introduced by Toyota in this vehicle in 1983, Only the Special Edition and Limited Edition I prefer in this model later Toyota Splinter came on the scene with a little sporty shape and the most insane 1300 cc engine I ever got to know.
affording the fuel cost specially nowadays is hell but still those of you who are insanely in love with driving and cars, I would recommend you to drive this one only if you find the TC 86 in original form. The Cabin seats are comfortable and the steering wheel is something I fell in love, completely power power, There’s also version known as DX also in market which is 1300 cc, but it is no where closer to GLi, later Toyota came up with Corolla 95 here in Pakistan Indus Model but being very honest 86 rocked my world, even today I see it somewhere, i get the same feelings and it brings smile on my face because I say ” Nothing Compares to you ” . All thou had 220 kmph on Civic 95 but the sensation and the thrill which corolla 86 had is unbeatable.
I know every driver has their one favorite rides some may not agree with me but this Dragon Fly changed my view about Toyota, It was one of the Most wanted getto vehicle in 90’s.
Faree 24th march 2012