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This light, uncomplicated coupé promises so much. Can the Toyota GT86 deliver?

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26 March 2012

The first car in about 10 years that I'm genuinely excited about. Can't wait to try one...

26 March 2012

such a fantastic level of chassis composure... maybe they should sell this to VW and save the VAG 50 billion??

Seems to be an interesting car - as an ex rally driver and 99% of the time using a Toyota, I can relate to this car immediately. An ultra modern rwd Toyota Corolla GTi - more than a Supra (cos that bugger was too heavy). Iy maybe lacking in the top end performance and even the 0-100kph is 2 secs slower than I would have liked, but I think this car will be the "standard" variety and will be followed in a year or so (Toyota are rather slow in follow ups), with a TDR fettled animal which will top out at 160mph and give you a 0-62mph in under 5 secs. THAT will be the car to lust after. The one thing I will enjoy is the throb of the boxer.. takes me back to happy racing days - listening to a distant throat belting through the mountains at full chat

26 March 2012

Autocar not doing the GT86's insurance group any favours with 3 out of 4 of the shots having the 45+ degrees sideways!

26 March 2012

Steve,

Looks like you were driving a European-spec car (LHD): are the chassis settings the same as we will get in the UK?

Where did you drive it?

The pics show the paddles on an auto - did you get to drive that as well as the manual? If so, what was it like? (i.e. should we avoid them like the plague, as I assume?)

jer

26 March 2012

Amazed 151lb ft can get it side ways! But as we all know it won't outsell the competition most will continue to buy TT's second hand Boxsters, Golf GTI's etc, there is no justice in the world.

26 March 2012

I'm glad this apparently drives well. It's a car I'd like to see do well for what it represents, a genuine attempt to try and bring some enjoyment back to driving without being embroiled in some irrelevant power race that renders unusable on the road.

Hats off to Toyota, and Subaru, for taking this stance. Perhaps it's a Japanese thing? Mazda are also embarking this low weight solution, with a focus on dynamics, and shows not everyone has forgotten pleasure can still be had behind the wheel.


26 March 2012

I feel really good about this car.No brand image BS just pure driving machine with an unpretensious badge that also means quality and customer service. Whats not to like?

26 March 2012

Looking forward to picking up one of these in a few years time. Hopefully it will do OK and there will be a few 3 year old examples to pick from.

Used to own a Celica and loved it. So I have high hopes for this. Might be a more interesting choice than the Golf GTI that I was planning on.

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26 March 2012

Well, a pleasingly positive review. I'm still not sold on one though i must admit. I wonder too just how fast you will need to go in order to get the back end out due to the engine's lack of torque, but as i said on another thread this morning, i'm not the most skillful of drivers, so perhaps someone could enlighten me on decent techniques!

I'm also surprised at its slow acceleration times. It is roughly the same weight as a Renault sport clio, has the same power but is proper wheel drive, not wrong wheel drive and yet the clio is almost a second quicker to 60. Could it be that the gearing is very low? perhaps 2nd gear only goes to 55 or so???

26 March 2012

[quote il sole] I wonder too just how fast you will need to go in order to get the back end out due to the engine's lack of torque,[/quote]

Used to manage that quite easily in my old Mk1 MR2 - and that had much less power, as well as the engine in the 'wrong' place. If this new car offers half as much driving enjoyment as the old MR2, I'll be signing up for one!

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