You know a true enthusiast’s car when people refer to it by its internal code. Launched in 1983, the AE86 (or Hachi-Roku as it’s colloquially known) was the 1600cc, RWD variant of the MkV Toyota Corolla. You could get it with one of two faces – a Levin (fixed headlights) or Trueno (retractable ones) – and the choice of two bottoms, a hatchback or coupe. But the awesome Etch-A-Sketch lines and pristine proportions weren’t the things that got petrolheads frothing. It was the fact it adhered to a golden yet simple TG equation: RWD + an affordable, lightweight (970kg) chassis = fun.
Lotus wants a little more civility to its sports cars. Plus, of course, electricity