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The name "Hachi-Roku" (literally "8-6"), is kinda slang for the AE86 Toyota Corolla Levin GT-APEX and the Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-APEX, the two top-of-the-range sports models of Toyota's Corolla/Sprinter range of the 1983-1987 generation (for those not acquainted with the Sprinters, they are basically the same cars as Corollas - just with a bit more sporty styling. The hatchback Sprinters have often been sold in Europe re-badged as Corollas). I don't know about their situation in North America, but they were sold in Europe as the Corolla GT Coupe (Corolla Levin) and Corolla SR Coupe (Sprinter Trueno). These cars were possibly the last small family-based cars made in Japan using a FR (front engine, rear-wheel drive) configuration. Despite their rather uninteresting 1.6 litre engine, the rear-wheel drive and light weight gave them pretty nice handling compared to other similar cars of their time which had all moved to FF (front engine, front-wheel drive) systems which are very prone to understeering. These are very sought-after cars in the British Isles' "boy racer" scene (there they are often referred to as the "Corolla Twin-Cam"), as used Japanese imports are easy to get and very cheap, and mod's are plentiful for Japanese sports cars. Like similar 80s/90s Japanese models were there are two or more models which only really differ by their body panels (e.g. Nissan Silvia/180SX, Toyota Corona/Carina/Caldina, etc.), parts are often exchanged between the Corolla Levin and Sprinter Trueno to make (aesthetically) totally unique cars! Then again, besides the lights (the Trueno had pop-up lights, and the Levin had normal lame-o ones), there wasn't really all *that* much difference between these two cars. Among other games, these cars are featured in Polyphony's Gran Turismo series (PS/PS2).
In Polyphony's Gran Turismo 4, the Initial D Treuno, "Toyota Sprinter Trueno T-APEX (AE86) Shuuichi Shigeno Version," is available to drive and race.
Shigeno's 86 was first introduced to the Gran Turismo series in its third iteration, GT3.
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