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Toyota GT 86: Sweet coupe perfect balance

Forget the 86 gives drivers what really need

Toyota’s GT 96 is, much hype, all it’s up to be. Photo / Ted Baghurst

Carmakers a lot of time figuring out what needs are. This results in radically over-specced with huge option to take it even further generally, a few more cup holders.

But it comes to buyers’ wants, a whole different story. Do you a vehicle that looks a lanky station wagon, can fit the 2.5 kids, piles of luggage and a dog and like it’s more of a appliance than a car? Or need one?

Toyota’s new coupe, the 86, isn’t going to fit Even little Johnny be pushing it to squeeze himself the tiny rear seats, and if you to take it to golf, those will need to be chopped in The 86 is not a hugely practical car. But not the point.

It’s a rear-wheel-drive, modestly-powered, low-slung driver’s It fits into the same box as the of the Lotus Elise, Porsche S and the original MX5. While you can that buyers of the 86 won’t be it for airport runs, you can be equally that they will get out of the every time, with a grin on their dial.

In terms of sheer hype, you already label the Toyota 86 as a success. Resulting from a venture with fellow manufacturer Subaru, which release its BRZ version later year, it is one of the most eagerly-awaited new releases of recent times.

website is racking up huge fan and traffic, its Facebook page has an 3000 likes, online are alive with chatter the new model and a bunch have been pre-sold, with serious expressions of interest to through the first wave of before it’s even

While Toyota is the biggest manufacturer in New Zealand, you can fairly say much of its range is suffering galloping beige — and at a launch of some of its sensible and product, several staff were fizzing at the bung at the of having such an exciting joining the line-up.

It gives the a chance to align the car to its spiritual the iconic Levin AE86, one of the drift cars, and considered a not only in Japan, but around the This explains the nameplate. If you the unformed that you drive a 86, you’re likely to be offered a hot and a tenner, but with a solid shove behind, this leave too many confused.

The good news is, the 86 is all it’s up to be. After waiting for its arrival the concept announcement in 2009, we able to cajole Toyota letting us have a bit of time in the car in advance of its late-August release.

And a couple of days in the mid-spec GT we’re thoroughly looking to checking out the rest of the range, and it with other lightweight cars on the Kiwi market. a striking look, with at other Toyota successes the 2000GT and the Supra, with lines, wide guards and a profile that helps it pumped-up and aggressive from end.

The inside eschews features and confusing arrays of buttons for a very purposeful with deep sports giving a very low seating a very clean, tacho-dominated and a sports steering wheel buttons (incidentally the smallest wheel ever fitted to a The tiny rear seat is, most 2+2s, bordering on

The fact that it isn’t doesn’t mean that the 86 equipped with the necessities there’s a Bluetooth-capable six-speaker system, air conditioning, electric and even heated seats. The console is low — and does two cup holders, in case you can’t do — and is dominated by the gear and pair buttons to disable control and to engage a more state for the stability system.

Toyota GT 86 coupe

powered by a typically Subaru engine — two litres, out a meagre 147kW and stretching to at 6400rpm — with direct port injection, and a 12.5:1 compression ratio. the numbers say, it needs to be to perform, as a car like this The instantly recognisable Subaru is gone — perhaps out — and it has a raspy mid-range that leaves you in doubt the engine is working. The car hasn’t acoustically deadened to get rid of engine and while it’s certainly not it won’t deafen you.

it’s perfectly tractable town, with plenty of courtesy of glass quarter and three-quarter windows, and the turning is fine for tight carparks, not until you head for the country the GT 86 comes into its own.

As soon as the clutch is released in gear, there’s a strong of urgency — and it climbs to its shift-lighted 7200rpm redline reasonably linear power and with each gear you just want to keep it. I found it incredibly hard to not to a heavy right foot, and to push it harder than you if you wanted to get within cooee of the 7.1L/100km consumption. But this is not an in frugality.

Handling is stunningly — with a slightly balance of 53/47 per cent and it drives easily on the throttle, quickly and accurately to even the steering adjustment. Even the traction control in default, mode, there’s enough given by the system that it interrupt the flow and lessen the experience. Turn either of the off, and it’s still easy to handle and feels and stable enough that a panic oversteer situation is to leave it pointing the wrong

It favours open and flowing of corners and tackles them an easy rhythm, making for a drive at pace and an easy when taking a more approach. Into the tight and back roads with surface changes that so heavily in this country, the 86 is a — the LSD comes into its own in situations, and when the tail to wag it can quickly be bought under What it lacks in power, it up for in agility, and while there’s a lot to be for packs of grunt, it’s to use it to the degree that the little 86

The 0-100km/h sprint takes 7.6 in the manual version and 8.2 in the heavier — hardly ground-breaking by any means, but its about driving and grin-factor and the 86 has this in spades. The criticism that can be levelled at it is the package — it’s two-pot front callipers and rears, but felt like it have gone one step as the limited edition range-topping TRD has.


It wasn’t easy this one back to Toyota I even amended my East to CBD commute to go via Kaiaua, a thoroughly extra 160 kms.

The GT 86 tested here, in manual costs $46,986, and $47,986 for the — although why anyone pick an auto version in a car this is beyond us, no matter how the transmission. There’s also a ‘Aero’ version that at $48,586. The base model 86 is and if you’re keen to aim high, a TRD Racing Developments) version comes with four and calipers, bigger wheels and as well as styling touches twin dual exhausts) for

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