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Toyota GT 86

The Toyota GT86 is a brilliant sports car. Here is why


What is it?

The Toyota an almost-identical twin to the Subaru BRZ and the car as on everyday drift hero. a £24,995 price tag, something of a bargain beside an TT or VW Scirocco. but less so when you its performance disparity with far cheaper hot hatchbacks.

Nevertheless, the is that now-rare concoction, a affordable, rear-drive coupe for pure driving amusement being burdened by excessive a sort of faster, sharper MX-5 with marginal seats and a fixed roof a GT86 Convertible arrives in due It uses Subaru-flavoured componentry, a 1998cc flat-four engine and a derived from that of the new Impreza, but the idea of a front and rear-wheel drive is a welcome to what used to work so

Toyota and Subaru’s joint has a wonderful simplicity about it and a set of aims — create a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive car with a normally aspirated engine and it with a chassis that’s big on and adjustability and couldn’t care too about lateral G.


There’s 197bhp at 7000rpm on here, but the fact that the ft torque peak arrives at tells you much about how engine is going to feel; very little low-down or push and you have to rev the engine to get anywhere fast. The noise it in conjunction with this is thrashy, too. Gearbox are a six-speed manual and a six-speed the latter blunts the GT86’s and appeal considerably and should be selected if absolutely necessary.

Suspension is by struts at the front, wishbones at the back, there’s a limited-slip differential and cue flash of the power steering is electric. distribution is slightly rear-biased, weight is 1190kg and the centre of is said to be lower than a Cayman’s.

What’s it like to

The low-slung driving position is and the six-speed manual gearbox is all the more satisfying thanks to positioned pedals. Then the meaty, direct steering and the sense that the centre of is about 6in below the seat

Much has been made of car’s emphasis on fun, and no doubting it’s a malleable and car on road and track. However, the isn’t nice when to the red line, but more critical is the of torque (just 151lb which makes access to one of the car’s big selling points if you all of its hype a high-commitment affair. The Michelin Primacy tyres plenty of sideways fun on track, but they’re not as progressive as a high-performance so you don’t get the grip you need high-speed corners and under braking. And in the wet they slip their limits very Those new to rear-wheel drive to think twice when finger hovers over the ESP off in slimy conditions

Toyota GT 86

That’s frustrating because you can the chassis and engineering behind it is brilliant the structure is really the steering is sharp and accurate, the strong, and the modest mass and low of gravity give it exceptional and agility. With another 50lb ft and a set of Michelin Pilot Sports not only would be quicker, but it would likely be no enjoyable or accessible a car.

Overall, though, the Toyota is a welcome and worthy addition to the market. It might not be quite the hero we were led to expect, but a tactile and satisfying car and while hot make it look overpriced, it an exotic, low-slung driving and a grown-up rear-drive driving that they can’t.

How it compare?

It makes a VW Scirocco synthetic and a Peugeot RCZ anaesthetised, the GT86’s dated looking and comparative lack of luxury and pegs it behind them if merely a good looking, coupe you’re after. On experience alone, the GT86 is compared to a Mazda MX-5 or Fiesta ST. Both are considerably but the Toyota has an appeal of its own that’s helped by its relatively small numbers that ensure exclusivity. The Subaru BRZ which is priced is rarer still,

Anything else I need to

It’s a 2+2, but the rear will only fit small and is better thought of as space for seats for your kids. also the first front-engined, flat-four sports car since the Jowett Jupiter. Tell to your mates at the pub. (On thoughts, don’t.)

While rumours of 250bhp-plus turbocharged further down the line, for now you can another £6500 on the Toyota TRD. with bigger wheels, proper sports a rortier exhaust and a collection of styling and aerodynamic enhancements.

Toyota GT 86
Toyota GT 86
Toyota GT 86
Toyota GT 86

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