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Time Machine Tuesday: April 10, 2018

People often say “don’t forget where you came from”. Although we’re focused on every new car, every last detail here at CarAdvice, we have an extensive back-catalogue of news stories, lifestyle yarns and reviews. Here’s a look at what happened on the week of April 10 in years past...

Toyota, Subaru joining forces for new BRZ/86 - report

Fans of rear-drive sports cars rejoice... maybe. If reports out of Japan are to be believed, a new Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 pair is on the way with more power, more technology and sharper handling. A report quoting unnamed sources in the Japan Times says the second-generation sports car collaboration is set for a 2021 debut...

CarAdvice podcast 97: LIVE from the hot hatch mega test at Winton! 

This week, we're broadcasting from our hot hatch mega test at Winton Motor Raceway with Mandy Turner, Curt Dupriez, and Kez Casey. In car news, the 2019 Ford Focus has been teased ahead of its April 10 reveal, a manual is on the cards for the Genesis G70 in right-hand drive markets, and the Toyota 86 Racing Series gets extended until 2020...

Toyota 86 Racing Series extended until 2020

The popular Toyota 86 Racing Series has seen its original three-year commitment extended by two years, as it grows in popularity and becomes a more established stepping stone for aspiring drivers. Minor changes (like tyres) have been made to 2018 series cars, which held its official launch at Sydney Motorsport Park today, showcasing a larger prize pool of $150,000 (+$20,000) and a new six round, 18 race format...

Toyota 86: Turbocharging would require new platform

Turbocharging the Toyota 86 would require a great deal of work, making it incredibly unlikely to happen in the current generation. Speaking to CarAdvice in Geneva, Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer for the 86 and Supra, explained why the current 86 won't see a forced-induction powertrain...

Owner Reviews: Best of January, 2018

We love Owner Reviews at CarAdvice. After all, the people who slapped down their hard-earned money on a car are, arguably, best qualified to tell the world what they're like! Here are our five favourites from January, along with the story that inspired the most comments...

2018 Toyota 86 pricing and specs

Toyota has announced a handful of updates for its 86 sports car, including the availability of a new 'performance kit' package. The entire 86 range will now include satellite navigation as standard, with all models picking up an updated app-connected infotainment system...

Eight reasons you should've gone to World Time Attack 2017

Simply, the World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) is awesome. For the uninitiated, WTAC – formerly known as Superlap – is a fast-paced, high-action motorsport event, held at Sydney Motorsport Park every year since 2010. In short, WTAC is a local nod to similar types of events run in Japan for decades, focussing on the fastest tuned and modified cars, setting the fastest lap possible around a given circuit...

Toyota 86: Plans for next-gen car still secret, but local arm keen as ever

Go back to December 2015 – just before the Ford Mustang launched in Australia – and the top-selling sports car in the segment was the Toyota 86. These days, sales of the rear-drive two-door are down almost 22 per cent on 2016, and down more than 41 per cent on 2015. Despite this, Toyota Australia says it's still as keen as ever to have the model in the local line-up...

CarAdvice podcast 69: Aussie wins holy grail of historic racing

With most of the team is in Germany getting ready for next week's Frankfurt motor mhow, it's Mandy Turner and Dave Zalstein in the studio this week. Speaking of Frankfurt, the Mercedes-Benz EQ A concept and AMG Project One hypercar have been previewed, along with the 2018 Seat Leon Cupra R. Mike Stevens is in Tokyo and files a report on the reveal of the 2018 Nissan Leaf...

2017 Toyota 86 limited edition arrives in Australia from $41,490

The 2017 Toyota 86 limited edition has been revealed, bringing a bright new orange exterior paint, upgraded mechanicals and new interior trims. Limited to just 60 units in Australia, the special 86 is based on the top spec GTS manual - yes, it's manual only - and is priced from $41,490 before on-road costs, representing an increase of $4550 over the base car...