As I try to come up with an original intro for this piece I’d realize there’s no getting away from the FT86’s famous lineage, its claim to fame so to speak – the cult status AE86, Initial D, and everything in between. I just could not see the eight-six, as capable a sports car it undoubtedly is, reaching the heights of popularity it currently enjoys, without the glamour and fame of its iconic forebear, which itself came about due to, in no small part, its starring role in Shuichi Shigeno’s Initial D.
Now bear with me for a bit here alright? How might it be should there be a wee bit of change to the Initial D mechanical casts? What if instead of an AE86 or a Toyota Corolla Levin slash Sprinter Trueno Shigeno-san opted for something else altogether? Maybe a stylized Daihatsu Charade or perhaps, just to make the hero way more heroic a tiny little Smart Fortwo (no disrespect to both makes regardless of how I spin it). Could we see an altogether different kind of vibe slash hype? Interesting query is it not?
Perhaps it’d be copacetic if we consider also the original Initial D concept, the essentials therein, meaning the production crew behind the big man Shigeno-san himself. There’s Keiichi Tsuchiya drift maestro, Gallop and Studio Comet animation studios among others, all played their respective behind the scene roles which coalesced into what was and still is Initial D – the hugely successful pop culture sensation that anointed the AE86 to stardom.
Of course the AE86’s subliminal performance inherently justified all that it was written as being capable of; the pseudo talent of the protagonist Takumi Fujiwara notwithstanding. Of course the one major trait of the AE86 that enhanced its capability outside of the production studio et al was its rear wheel drive configuration – a pretty rare feature in its class. This very feature has been one of the compulsory features for the Hachi Roku’s successor – a superlative ‘minimalist’ Toyota sports car that is the spiritual embodiment of its forebear.
The FT86’s superlative traits revolves around its many subsequent features – the 205 horsepower 2 liter flat four engine, 6 speed gearbox with paddle shifts, lightweight body, a stylish evolution of the AE86 exterior design, numerous high tech electronics and Toyota’s panache as an automobile manufacturer par excellence, all these combined in a sports car worthy of being the new Hachi Roku in every way possible.
Now with all that in the ready-made package you tend to see where this aptly named Lady Bunny is coming from. For starters the ‘Bunny’ designation does not refer to anything even remotely randy or raunchy let alone nasty. It refers to the pure unadulterated Rocket Bunny Version 1 body kit that this unique Toyota sportster is sporting. Kei Miura’s Rocket Bunny aero kit is without a doubt one of the most visually stunning, subliminal, sensational and utterly outrageous bodykits this side of Hollywood.
Kei Miura’s Japanese classic car culture background have inspired him to rethink and reinvent the overall image of the 86 sports car with old school design cues, paying careful attention not to ruin key features of the original car’s design, enhancing the overall look of instead. coupled to the Volk Racing TE37 18 inch wheels shod with Toyo R1R tires – 225/40 up front and 255/35 at the back, further imbued with Valenti tail lights make this particular 86 pretty much the coolest looking 86 in the land.
The owner kept the performance as and when it came – completely and utterly stock except for Borla front pipe plus Garage N1 exhaust. Handling upgrades were limited as well – Tein Flex A dampers, plus Cusco strut bars on the front upper and rear.
Car: Toyota 86
Engine: 2 liter Flat-4 Boxer; 205 hp & 156lb.ft. Borla front pipe, Garage N1 exhaust
Transmission: 6 speed with paddle shift
Handling: Tein Flex A, Cusco strut bar upper front & rear
Exterior: Rocket Bunny Ver 1 aero kit, Valenti tail lights
Wheels & Tires: Volk Racing TE37 18 inch wheels, Toyo R1R 225/40-18 front, 255/35-18 rear