• Mar 22, 2007
Our pals at Winding Road just passed along a note that Toyota might be considering re-releasing the driftastic Corolla Sport. The endearingly tossable rear-wheel-drive AE86 platform was known by many names around the world: Corolla Levin, Sprinter Trueno, Corolla GT and of course the Corolla Sport in the States. Particularly in GT-S trim, it was one of the few sporty models to make its way into Toyota dealerships, alongside the Celica and Supra, and eventually the MR2, which essentially replaced it. But it was fun and cheap, and that set it apart. Available from 1983-1987, it was one of the last affordable rear-drive cars that could take a pounding, making it a favorite of budget street racers and the emerging drift scene in the '80s and '90s.

It looks like the suits at Toyota are close to greenlighting a new version. Apparently the idea has been floated several times over the years with mixed reaction, but it seems to be gaining some momentum lately. There is reportedly some disagreement within the corporate ranks over whether or not it would actually sell, but a few officials appear to be backing it strongly. Must be some Initial D fans up in there. A modernized Hachi-Roku would have to find a suitable rwd platform, but would be a blast to see in the lineup again. Of course, we've had access to AE86 in games like Need For Speed for years now, but getting our hands on the real deal would be sweet. We'll keep our fingers crossed on this one.

[Source: Winding Road]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      yes they should bring it back with the same looks but with a more powerful inline 4.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They should make it a retro model of the ae86 levin.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Kal,repeat this..."You're not Takumi Fujiwara!!!"
      • 7 Years Ago
      Toyota, are you reading this? Not a single, SINGLE, negative comment. As long as you don't do something stupid, like price it at $30,000, I don't think you'll have a problem selling them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, HardwareGuy, you summed up my feelings exactly. Couldn't have said it better. I just hope they make it stand out somewhat, visually (other than the current wow factor that Toyota has--"Wow, that's bland.").
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really wish somebody would make a good RWD car with over 200 hp that looks good for around 20 grand.... oh wait thats a mustang, maybe I want a 4 cylinder instead... oh wait thats a mini, maybe a convertable... miata, The only reason these toyotas are sought after today is because they can be bought for a few thousand dollars, really if toyota made something like this again it would probably not be as good a any of the cars mentioned above considering the increasingly bland cars they have made the last few years
      • 7 Years Ago
      im glad i didnt buy that 89 GT-S i was eyeballing ... FF ftl.
      • 7 Years Ago
      BUILD IT. I personally guarantee it will sell. Don't chicken out on this one Toyota, this car will bring your brand respect.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Of course I would buy it. I have two cousins of the old one, a fx16 GTs and a Supercharged MR2. I've always wanted to add an 86 GTs but don't want to pay the Initial D tax that has been added onto their prices for the last few years.

      I hope they do both a coupe and hatch! The new FJ cruiser gives me hope that they can make something that can hold up the the heritage of the old AE86.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Toyota had a great thing going in younger, sportier, RWD cars for many years. I think they lost their way with lame styling in the last versions -- like the juvenile styling that killed the last Celica, and the swoopey mess styling that killed the Solara.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dear Toyota, I am willing to trade in my current 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR for it due to high insurance cost here in San Francisco for my current car. :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      #12 Who said it doesn't have one? Look at the S2000
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