Scion FR-S: My Pick for an AE86
September 3, 2012
At Supercar Sunday recently, I hung out until the end (it ends around 10 am) as I usually do while the various muscle cars, exotics and classic iron rumbled and buzzed out of the mall's massive parking lot. Walking around after things thinned out, I noticed this nice mid-'80s Corolla GT-S (known internally and to its fans as the AE86).
Although this AE86 was modified, it was tastefully done. Rather than a garish paint job festooned with stickers paying homage to every single mod, this GT-S had a sharp two-tone paint scheme sans stickers and sported similarly attractive double-spoke wheels. The polished wheel lips provided enough bling for me. I would've gone with a less massive muffler and kept the stock flip-up headlights, although I can respect the owner's decision to set his ride apart by fitting the JDM Corolla Levin nose with its exposed headlights.
In case you missed it, we compared a modded '85 Corolla GT-S against the Scion FR-S.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor