Toyota 86 review long-term – update 6
Broken 86. Fixed 86.
Wheel change and back again
Last time the 86 was at Phillip Island I ran two sets of tyres; the normal Michelin Primacys, which yielded a laptime of 2.00.4. Well, I say normal but my car is GT spec so it should run Prius-level Yokohamas, but I pretend it is a GTS and run the Primacys.
Then I switched to a set of Nitto Invos, borrowed from a kind friend, which came on spiffy Subaru wheels…
Don’t mind the gold and red at all, although the plate would be better off gold too.
…and instantly chopped three seconds off that time for a 1.57.3, not bad for a budget tyre available for around $175 each from the likes of Import Monster. Just shows how little grip the originals have, but at least they’re cheap. And to be honest, lots of grip is fast, but also boring. That’s why dirt road driving in the 86 is so much fun.
But now, look at what I’ve got on test from Toyo Tires:
Yes, Toyo R1Rs. There will be an update shortly on their road performance, and how they go at Phillip Island and Sandown, but in the meantime you can read about how to select a tyre here.