A few years back I read on a credible-looking AE86 enthusiast website that when dyno'd new, they tended to come in around 115hp rather than the advertised 125. However I now cannot find said website, nor any other source to back this up.
I had a test drive in the GT86 after signing up in advance on Toyota's mailing list for the car. Given what's been reported I would have thought that by now, at least one nearby dealer would be keen to offer you a drive in one, but maybe I'd be wrong.
My S13 had the SR20, with the boost wound up a bit on the std turbo. If you're used to a car like that, you would need to accept that the GT86 is a totally different experience, nowhere near as urgent when it comes to acceleration.
Hmm, always thought the AE86 was quite spritely so was interested to hear that.
I applied on the online site for a test drive as well, it was all set for a Saturday afternoon after an initial contact from the dealer....but then had a call about 2 hours before saying they needed to re-schedule ( presumably the car or dealer was unavailable ) and they'd ring me back. I never did get a call but managed to have a look/sit in a static car on display at a shopping centre. Seeing the rear legroom made me realise it was going to be no good even for children. I never bothered to chase the dealer up after that as it would have been no good for my car usage. I think there was much more room in the old AE86 from when Flewy gave Jurag and myself a lift on an EVO meet.
Still like to drive one but it won't be a replacement for the Cooper S as I'd hoped.
I wasn't expecting it to have 200SX urgency ( although I've only got experience of the early S14 which had the same PWR on paper ) but hoped it might have a little more useable poke than the old XR4i, Manta GTE 2.4 I owned. Maybe there will be a slightly torquier version in the future.
Nice RX7 by the way - reminds me of Barry's old car which went well when I saw it