When it came time to upgrade my daily driver and AV-DC showcase car, I’d spent five years in a big 5.7 litre V8 Commodore. The car I had in mind was almost the complete opposite, and quite an unlikely contender at that, but for good reasons.
So… A Toyota 86.
I’d really only considered a Toyota 86 since I rented one during a visit to Brisbane in 2014. I spent a week and 800km in an automatic GTS model and was more than surprised at how usable, comfortable and capable it was on the highway, in the suburbs and at the summit of Mount Nebo:
The Toyota 86 is a real driver’s car, and my daily drive through the Adelaide hills is more than enough excuse for one!
…But What About The Sound System?
I feel the Toyota 86 also offers some unique opportunities to create a fantastic sound system. For starters, it’s a well engineered car. The way it’s put together makes sense to me – inside and out. Like many Toyotas, I feel it’ll be easy to disassemble and reassemble. There’s good space for running wiring and installing gear. There’s no rear legroom. I don’t mean a small amount; in my driving position the front seat rests against the back seat. This is a good thing. It means the back seat area will be far more useful for sound system than passengers! Believe it or not, the boot is also laid out well. There’s great potential to fit equipment and keep a reasonable amount of usable space at the same time. I could probably just fill it up, but using space wisely is also a display of skill.
That ‘New Car’ Feel
Coming from the very familiar Commodore platform, the idea of sinking my teeth into a new, unfamiliar vehicle really excites me. There’s no way to know what does and doesn’t work yet. Anything might as well be possible – no idea or concept has any proof to the contrary – yet!
So that’s the background info, and my thoughts. My next post will be about the particular 86 I’ve found for AV-DC. Stay tuned.