Driving test Toyota GT86: A speedster should drive away Toyota’s boredom

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Driving test Toyota GT86: A speedster should drive away Toyota's boredom-test

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It’s hard to believe: This is what the cockpit of the Toyota GT86 looks like. Only sports cars are designed that way.

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Driving test Toyota GT86: A speedster should drive away Toyota's boredom-test

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Long hood and short overhangs: Here too, Toyota follows the laws of sports cars.

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From the side, the GT86 has the typical coupe shape. The angle and shape of the windshield is similar to that of a Porsche 911.

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The Toyota GT86 from behind with a large tailpipe on each side of the rear.

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From mid-September, Toyota will be offering a sports car that is intended to spread a new sense of driving pleasure. If the Japanese fix one shortcoming, it could even compete with the Porsche Cayman.

E.r is intended to add a new chapter to the history of the 2000 GT and Celica: With the GT86, Toyota is reflecting on the long-lost pleasure in fast forms and sporty driving fun. In any case, the recipe for a new desire and passion for sports cars seems to be consistent: a lightweight Berlinetta Coupe with 2 + 2 seats, a revving boxer engine with rear-wheel drive and relatively low prices from 29,990 euros.

The puristic GT86 will not be in the showrooms of the German Toyota dealers until September 15th. Incidentally, this almost coincided with the market launch of its twin brother Subaru BRZ.

To this it owes the centerpiece, the 147 kW / 200 hp 2.0-liter boxer engine, for which Toyota supplied the D-4S injection technology. In the classic sports car area of ​​winding streets and tracks around Barcelona, ​​we were able to see for ourselves whether the Japanese coupe delivers what the concept and name promise.

However, only motorsport enthusiasts will be able to interpret the name of the GT86: Almost 30 years ago, the Corolla AE86 with rear-wheel drive, developed parallel to the front-wheel drive, enjoyed a special reputation as the drift king in circuit races and rallies. With the GT86, drifting is supposed to be facilitated by a stability program that can be switched off gradually, promoting the addiction to fast bends and slaloms on narrow streets and causing corresponding adrenaline rushes.

Not easy to be upset

However, if muscle soreness comes from counter-steering, the GT86 driver must have completed a sports driver training course beforehand. Because the compact, only 4.24 meter long coupe is not easy to disturb.

The low center of gravity thanks to the flat boxer engine, the balanced weight distribution of 53 percent at the front and 47 percent at the rear and a limited-slip differential on the rear axle allow the racer to storm through winds, especially since the slightest movement on the small steering wheel is enough to stay on course. It therefore requires a courageous and targeted acceleration to turn the forward-thrusting GT86 into a transverse driver.

As with the motorcycle, man and machine should become a unit with the GT86, was a development goal for the sports car. Mission accomplished, this is how we feel after the test drive. The Toyota reminds us of the handiness of a Mazda MX-5, which was created under similar specifications.

Motorcyclists may see things differently, however – especially since the GT86 clearly lacks the excess power that makes superbikes so fascinating. 7.2 seconds for the sprint to 100 km / h and a top speed of 226 km / h are decent values ​​for a boxer developing 147 kW / 200 PS.

The naturally aspirated engine, which rotates up to around 7600 tours and has a robust sound, arouses, in combination with the sports suspension, a tremendous need for a significant increase in performance. In the Subaru environment, numbers have even fallen beyond the 250 PS mark.

Relatively low consumption

Until then, the joy of relatively low everyday consumption values, which leveled off between nine and ten liters per 100 kilometers during our fast test drives, remains. The standard consumption even promises only 7.8 liters; Thanks to its economical shifting strategy, the optional six-speed automatic version consumes another 0.7 liters less.

Right in the heart of all sports drivers, the GT86 also hits with the unrestricted suitability for everyday use of a classic Gran Turismo and its suitability as an affordable first vehicle. The rear seats of the 2 + 2-seater are only suitable for the very young or as a luggage rack, but the driver and co-pilot can enjoy almost generous space at the front.

Despite all the sportiness, the comfort is sufficient for long journeys and the luggage compartment offers space for everything you need to travel, similar to the dynamics of the front-wheel drive league from Audi TT or Peugeot RCZ.

Lush standard equipment

The list of surcharges for the Toyota is surprisingly short, but the list of standard equipment is all the longer. Keyless entry system, cruise control, two-zone automatic air conditioning, 17-inch aluminum wheels, seven airbags and nice but playful details such as sports pedals are standard.

The most important sporty options are 18-inch wheels at prices from 389 euros, a lowering by three centimeters for 189 euros and an aero package with a huge rear wing and spoiler for an additional price of 1,400 euros.

With so many good systems it should be easy for the GT86 to get rid of the boredom from Toyota‘s range of models expel. It remains to be seen whether the sporty, fun machine can match the shine of earlier high-flyers such as Celica or Supra.

On the other hand, there is competition from the twin brother Subaru BRZ, but the heart of the boxer speaks for it, who could even become a rival of the Porsche Cayman. In any case, Toyota‘s diverse motorsport ambitions should give the GT86 its first shine.

Toyota GT86 Technical Specifications:

Two-door, 2 + 2-seater sports coupe,

Length 4.24 meters, width 1.78 meters, height 1.29 meters, wheelbase 2.57 meters,

Luggage compartment volume from 243 liters, 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine, six-speed manual transmission (optional six-speed automatic),

max.power 147 kW / 200 PS at 7000 rpm, max.torque 205 Nm at 6400-6600 rpm,

0-100 km / h in 7.6 s (automatic: 8.2) s, Vmax 226 (210) km / h,

Average consumption: 7.8 (7.1) l / 100 km, 181 (164) g CO2 / km,

Price 29,990 (31,540) euros.

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