Jointly developed with the Subaru BRZ, the rear-wheel-drive 86 (previously named the Scion FR-S) features a 205-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder teamed with a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
Its mere 2,800-pound curb weight and optimal weight distribution give it super-agile handling and balance at its limits.
In corners the car turns in promptly with virtually no body lean.
The steering is well weighted, with decent feedback.
The 86 has a slightly more compliant ride than the BRZ.
Inside, the cabin is relatively plain, with well-bolstered front sport seats, but the stiff ride and elevated noise can be taxing, and the vestigial rear seats are best left for cargo.