Toyota Gt-86


We first drove Toyota’s GT 86 on a racetrack in Japan, but that was inconclusive, aswe never got out of third gear. Now we have a better picture, a picture that extends all the way to fourth, fifth and even sixth gears. Lucky us.
And we’re closer to home now as well, at the Jarama racetrack near Madrid. Still aclosed circuit though, so still no real road driving impressions which is frustrating, but if this thing disappoints on the road I’m prepared to munch on important bits of my own anatomy. Because it’s really, really good.
So how different is it to its twin sister, the Subaru BRZ? I spent a whole day in the BRZ at Subaru’s test track late last year , so this is where you expect me to say no, to say there are small but definable differences between the Subaru and Toyota. Possibly while scratching my chin and looking thoughtful. But there aren’t.
Well, there are supposed to be. Toyota’s chief engineer on the GT 86, Tetsuya Tada-san tells me there are tiny changes in the spring and damper settings, and in a chin-scratching phase while on track I thought the GT felt marginally softer. But that could simply have been down to the fact the tyres and brakes were cooked after some Swiss hotfoot hadbeen pummelling it five minutes earlier.
In essence they’re identical, and identically excellent. TheGT 86 is light on its feet, notdainty exactly, but super accurate and so well balanced. I know it’s not especially relevant, but the ease with which this thing lets go at the back end is sorefreshing, and even when not arsing about it’s just a joyful thing.
Tada-san told me there were three key elements to the car for him, things he (together with his opposite number at Subaru, Toshio Masuda) had to fight for tooth and nail. One was to steer clear of turbocharging,the second was that it should be rear-wheel drive and the final one was to use narrow tyres. I love that. And it’s not just that the 215/45 R17’s aren’t oversized, it’s that they’re not a sports tyre either. They’re Michelin Primacys forheaven’s sake – as fitted to the Prius.
So they flex a bit, squeal a lot and aren’t too grippy. Tada-san is emphatic that lap times don’t matter here, what matters is if the driver gets out with a smile on his face. I am in complete agreement. Yes, it’s nice to boast to your mates that your car beats theirs aroundthe ‘Ring, but wouldn’t you rather drive a road car that’s actually been set-up to drive properly on the road, not the track? I would.
Toyota is maintaining the façade that these are still prototypes, but Tada-san told me that just applies to the interior fixtures and fittings and that the dynamics are finalised. Great, because off the top ofmy head I can’t think of any car that handles more sweetly than this. And it’s not slow either. On the main straight at Jarama it hit an indicated 125mph and that flat four engine, red-lined at7,500rpm, pulls with gusto atthe top end. Bit limp lower down, but that’s a small priceto pay. Great gearbox and lovely, lovely brakes, too.
The price isn’t yet finalised due to the yen exchange rate, but Toyota is homing inon £25,000 as the target. Rivals are cited as the Scirocco and Peugeot RCZ, but in truth neither can hold a candle to the GT 86 on the road. Enjoy driving? Then this contest boils down to a battle between this and the Subaru – and you’ll make your choice on grounds of badge, dealer location, price and visual tweakery. Me? I’d have the Subaru – the brandis that wee bit cooler – but honestly, this goes down as the best Toyota I’ve ever driven, and one of the best driving sports cars of the last decade. It’s here in June.You know what to do.
Ollie Marriage
The numbers:
1998cc, Flat four, 200bhp, 151lb ft, c160g/km, c42mpg, c6.8secs, c145mph, 1220kg
The cost:
£25,000
The Verdict:
We love the Subaru BRZ. Now we love the Toyota GT 86. One of the very best sports cars around today.
Gt 86Toyota Gt 86Toyota Gt 86

Advertisements

45 thoughts on “Toyota Gt-86

  1. Pingback: Arrondir Ses Fins De Mois

  2. Pingback: How to make money online with clickbank

  3. Pingback: Buy likes

  4. Pingback: Aldelo Touch

  5. Pingback: Swim Spa

  6. Pingback: Indianapolis roofing

  7. Pingback: Hack clash of clans

  8. Pingback: How To Unlock Samsung Galaxy Note 3

  9. Pingback: Make money from a blog

  10. Pingback: Knoxville Car Wreck

  11. Pingback: medical professional

  12. Pingback: top Restaurants Chicago

  13. Pingback: Healthy Diet Recipes

  14. Pingback: Trust Jacker Bonus

  15. Pingback: Liposuction Glendale Az

  16. Pingback: Dieting

  17. Pingback: perth timber flooring

  18. Pingback: MS Project

  19. Pingback: Direct Line

  20. First of all I would like to say great blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I’ve had trouble clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there. I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or hints? Many thanks!|
    http://coworkingsingapore.com/ http://coworkingsingapore.com/

    Like

  21. Pingback: MLSP review

  22. Pingback: frontrowsports

  23. Pingback: Paleo Diet Food

  24. Pingback: First Date Tips

  25. Pingback: Print from iPad

  26. Pingback: Guys Dating Tips

  27. Pingback: sell my car

  28. Pingback: Quality mattresses

  29. Pingback: how to buy your first home or investment property with no down payment

  30. Pingback: selfpublish

  31. Pingback: Internship hong kong

  32. Pingback: chatroul

  33. Pingback: Handheld POS

  34. Pingback: Jewelry

  35. Pingback: Caliplus

  36. Pingback: Windows 8 Professional Key

  37. Pingback: obtain youtube views

  38. Pingback: www

  39. Pingback: Dui Attorney Fort Myers

  40. Pingback: zobacz wiecej

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s