I love Japan. I know… Change the record, but it seriously is my most favorite place in the world. As a foreigner, everything about this place astounds me and every corner I turn I find a new surprise. On one recent sunny day while walking through Shibuya in Tokyo, I stumbled upon this Toyota dealership where they were displaying the new 86. While to many, the new 86 is probably old news, seeing it displayed in Japan exemplifies how bland new cars can be in Australia at times. Two particular 86′s were being displayed at the front of this dealership; one of which being this beautiful Pegasus White 86 kitted with every TRD optional extra that is available.
The other, which to many people would be the more desirable of the two, was a Velocity Orange RC model. For those that don’t know about this model, it essentially is the model to purchase if you only intend to build your 86 as a race car. The car comes with the bare minimum; no airbags, no sat nav, no AC or radio and best of all, steel wheels as most would intend to purchase wheels for it anyway. At about 2/3rd’s the cost of the GTS model, these things would be incredibly popular for many people if it were to be available in Australia… Sadly, it’s not.
One other car that I spotted was this rather striking Crown; yet another car that we do not get in Australia, and equally as impressive to spot.
So feast your eyes on these cars, I dare say it will not be very likely for us to see anything like this at a Toyota dealership in Australia anytime soon. But if being in Japan teaches me one thing, it’s that if every single thing that makes automotive culture in Japan amazing was also in Australia, then travelling to this amazing country would quickly lose its appeal. E!CM