New rear-drive sports car comes in below the £28,000 price that had been most recently predicted

The Toyota GT 86 sports car will cost from £24,995 when it goes on sale in the UK in June, Toyota has confirmed. The announcement brings to an end more than two years of speculation, where it was claimed the GT 86 would cost from as low as £15,000 to as much as £30,000.

Order books for the GT 86 are now open, but exact specifications have yet to be revealed. At the heart of the rear-drive 2+2 coupe is a 197bhp, 151lb ft 2.0-litre boxer engine. Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are offered, and a limited-slip differential is standard.

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Top speed for the 1180kg front-engined coupe is likely to be around 155mph, and 0-62mph is tipped to take around 7.0sec. Toyota claims the GT 86’s dimensions of 4240mm in length, 1775mm in width and 1285mm in make it the most compact four-seater car in the world. It has an ultra-low centre of gravity, rated at just 475mm.

The powertrain and driving position have been set as low and as far back as possible to optimise balance, giving the car a 53/47 weight distribution. The GT 86 features MacPherson strut front suspension and rear double wishbone suspension, and will ride on 17in wheels.

Subaru has yet to confirm pricing for its version of the GT 86, the BRZ, but it is expected to command a premium of up to £5000 over the Toyota.

 

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3 February 2012

That's doable! Okay, not as great as the once projected £20,000 but not too bad.

Sadly for Subaru though, I can't see them selling many of their version in the UK if it is going to be £5k more expensive - the brand just doesn't have the loyalty or the kudos to carry it.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

3 February 2012

[quote Autocar]0-62mph is tipped to take around 7.0sec[/quote] a bit like the price was tipped to be around £15,000 then? Sounds like a car that'll leave you asleep at the wheel - much like the rest of Toyota's range.

3 February 2012

So what exactly do you get for an extra £5000 for the Subaru version?

3 February 2012

You either get it or you don't.

3 February 2012

[quote TegTypeR]

That's doable! Okay, not as great as the once projected £20,000 but not too bad.

Sadly for Subaru though, I can't see them selling many of their version in the UK if it is going to be £5k more expensive - the brand just doesn't have the loyalty or the kudos to carry it.

[/quote] I would have thought £23K would have been better?,it's to near other more powerful cars like the new Focus ST for instance?,yes, i know the ST is a four door , but when we are talking performance, handling here,these two are too close in price, no doubt there are a few more comparisons but maybe heart will go over head in this choice.

Peter Cavellini.

3 February 2012

Can''t understand the hype around this car and don't expect it sell. It's completely boring to look at, there's no convertible and no glitzy brand name.

Amazed the Japanese aren't trying to snap up defunct brands like TVR, MG, Austin Healey etc etc. In terms of kudos Honda, Toyota, Subaru etc just can't compete with the Europeans.

3 February 2012

Seems reasonable compared to a tarted-up Mini at £25,830

3 February 2012

£25k isnt as bad as it could have been, but we still dont know the spec. if the Subaru is more expensive i expect it will have a much higher spec to start with. Leather, Satnav etc. Otherwise i cant see them selling more than a handful.

A couple of people i know have mentioned this car as a potential future purchase, At £25k i dont think either will be put off. Now we just need to know how it drives on our roads.

3 February 2012

[quote lonegoose]Can''t understand the hype around this car and don't expect it sell. It's completely boring to look at, there's no convertible and no glitzy brand name.

Amazed the Japanese aren't trying to snap up defunct brands like TVR, MG, Austin Healey etc etc. In terms of kudos Honda, Toyota, Subaru etc just can't compete with the Europeans.[/quote]

Considering Toyota have one of the best reliability records there is, why on earth would they want to snap up an unreliable, non-Japanese brand like the ones suggested?

I agree with you on it looks dull, I don't think the brand is an issue - Toyota have a good market reputation with many people (Supra, ae86, MR2 etc).

And as for a convertible, would ruin the point of a lightweight, cheap sports coupe. (Cheap subjective, reasonable more like)

3 February 2012

As bad_roo says, you either get this car or you don't.

It's a sports car, not a performance car. Everything has been done so that it has the best weight distribution possible, it's a front mid-engined car (look how far back they've put the engine).

You will never be able to get the same kind of handling from any hot hatch or even coupes like the 370Z.

It's a bit like a Mazda RX-8 without the hassles of the rotary engine and 150kg less weight

Of course we have to wait for a true road test, but all the right ingredients are there.

I would definitely buy one if I had the budget.

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