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Toyota GT 86 coupe


Paul Gover the new Toyota 86 coupe

Toyota 86 4.5

is as boring as Canberra on a cold, winter Sunday afternoon. there is the Toyota Camry. But now we the anti-Camry and the car that Toyota is the antidote to boring, the all-new 86

The impact is immediate as I roll out in a red 86 for a bit of Sunday fun running and immediately the sort of attention you don’t see in the capital. People smile and a couple stop and ask about the looker — not me — and a Supra driver does a U-turn to check out a car with back to his go-faster coupe.

the 86 is not tied to the Supra. Or the Camry. an all-new effort to put some fun into motoring at the one-time sales leader, with a bit actually, a lot — of help Subaru. which provided the pack.

Cynics might the 86 is just a shiny new toy for Akio grandson of the Toyota founder, who now has access to the biscuit barrel and the 86 project hard from the

But Toyoda knows Toyota has to a point of difference against opposition from Korea and since bulletproof Toyota and brilliant aircon is no longer Fun could be the thing.

He is also that some positive and good news on the car front, is for Toyota to rebound from the threats and recalls of recent as well as the crushing natural last year in Japan and

Against that background, has done a totally brilliant job the 86. It has created a car that’s fun, and has the potential for easy upgrades by buyers. It shares nothing the sports car crew of the past Celica. MR2 and Supra — were underdone and over-hyped.

The 86 Australia with more than a new iPad and more than a politician, but is already a with a waiting list is going to stretch for more six months. It’s not perfect, but it way closer than anything has worn a Toyota badge at any in the past.

It’s impossible to against a starting price of The 86 was widely predicted to have stickers from $35,000, but the of the Aussie dollar and the importance of the car the bean counters at T-central to go and produce a stunning starter.

There are two models of the 86, GT and GTS, but the basic car gets the right car stuff: allows, six-speed sports seats, seven smart ABS and ESP. The GTS picks up wheels and brakes, LED daytime lamps, satnav and more but the price jumps to $35,490.

A automatic is $2000 extra, and you get flappy paddles in the GTS, but will be a huge range of accessories — including a giant rear wing in coming months.

To put the 86 into a Hyundai Veloster starts $23,990 and a Mazda MX-5 while Toyota expects the new to be shopped against a deep of rivals including the BMW 125, Megane and even the Nissan .

Sometimes you get lucky in this says Toyota’s marketing Matt Callachor, announcing the in Canberra this week. But often said that the you work the luckier you get.

The 86 is old-fashioned on the tech front. The is in the front and the power goes to the wheels. But, and it’s a big it’s a thoroughly modern on the package with a Subaru engine set low and back from the a limited-slip gearbox in the tail, and ESP offers a range of driving from nanny to nah-nah donuts.

Toyoda is a part-time driver and was in direct touch project leader Tetsuya throughout the car’s development to him focusses on everything from the weight distribution to relatively tyres — shared, in a with the Prius hybrid to ensure the car would slide and not under-powered.

The engine itself is a 2.0-litre that, thanks to fuel injection that was originally reluctant to share Subaru, makes 147 kiloWatts and 205

There is nothing special the rest of the deal — no radar or automatic braking or a sunroof — to ensure the 86 as the focussed sports car to hit Carsguide the original Mazda MX-5 in

The 86 looks just right. not too plain, not too aggressive, with the to turn heads without the predictable scorn you get in a Subaru STi or Evo. For us, it’s not as edgy as the BRZ. but that’s typical of And there will be plenty of chances soon.

Inside, the car plays safe a driver-focussed layout that brilliant seats and all the stuff you But, and it’s a big one, the quality is not what we expect Toyota — some fits, low-grade plastics and a cheapness — even for a car such a sharp price. The is strictly 2+2 as you’d expect but the is reasonably sized for a cavity holds a full-sized alloy

Toyota GT 86 coupe

Toyota promises a five-star rating and a strong focus on protection, as you’d expect. are seven airbags, including one for the knees, and a safety shell special emphasis on protection higher-riding vehicles in the SUV stable.

The safety card, and something is sadly impossible to measure, is a ability which means an 86 will have far more of avoiding a potential threat it becomes a crash.

Wow. the best word to describe the way the 86 It’s the most impressive car since the first MX-5 in thanks to a chassis that hard to give the driver they need and a bunch of they probably didn’t believe was possible.

On a favourite driving road Canberra, the 86 has the best balance and feel of any car I’ve driven. And includes Porsche. It does what you want, when you That could be braking, or through a tightening curve, or flicking up through the slick-shifting

The engine is strong but not as responsible as I with a flatness below revs that could with more kilometres the wheels. Subaru engines are like that.

One of the nicest especially after the flat exhaust note at start-up, is a inlet roar that into the cabin through a from the engine room. It you, not that it’s that you’re having

The seats are great, the car is easy to and the 86 — in Toyota style just gets the job done. in the locked-off safety of closed Toyota encourages the press to go crazy with the 86. So we slide and and generally push it to the limits, and further. And the smiles get bigger and

The 86 is a potential game changing car for provided its driving DNA can be successfully into cars like the Right now, and for the money, simply unbeatable.

Nothing in the garage gets five but the 86 gets close. It’s a

Price: from $29,990 and $35,490 (GTS)

Warranty: 3

Resale: No previous model

Toyota GT 86 coupe
Toyota GT 86 coupe
Toyota GT 86 coupe


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