While t’d be nice to be able to say the word hachiroku in reference to an official Toyota RWD compact, this is only one of several names that may appear on the rump of the Big T’s 2011 sport coupe. Toyota has also registered “FT-86” and “FR-S” as well. And as much as I personally love the AE86, I’m voting against it.
The reason? Because it’ll create a googling nightmare. It’s hard enough finding relevant information, parts, and actual cars for sale when searching for “1985-87 Corolla.” You’ve got the AE82 chassis, including the five-door hatchback and the FX, muddling things up. “GT-S” works sometimes, when the author decides to include that tidbit, but it’s often mistakenly written as “GTS,” if at all. AE86 is the only definitive signifier, so the last thing original hachiroku heads need is yet another “Toyota 86” clogging our search results.
So what should Toyota call this car?