In 1983 Toyota’s flagship car, the Corolla / Sprinter followed other cars and switched to front-wheel drive. Only the sports model of the series, the Toyota Corolla Levin / Sprinter Trueno AE86 remained rear-wheel drive, earning immediate popularity as the last lightweight rear-wheel drive.
The engine is a new 1.6-liter 4A-GEU inline 4-cylinder DOHC, and thanks to some clever technological innovations it delivers 128hp and 109.9 lb-ft of torque. Although the engine is not great in terms of power and torque, it moves through the ranges smoothly and responds sharply.
Maneuverability and stability are not exactly limit-breaking, but it is easier to control and allows you to savor the smooth drive of a rear-wheel drive car. The AE86 Levin / Trueno may look dull from its specifications, but the enjoyment of driving it is something that cannot be expressed in numbers.