Toyota and Sport? That fits together again!
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Full throttle! The Toyota GT86 is a rolling statement for the desire for brisk driving, and when you have the chance to practice on a closed track,…
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… then you can also test how it works with drifting. Here the rear swings away to the right in a left-hand bend, the driver steers to the right to avoid the car…to get everyone on course.
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World online test drive on the Grand Prix circuit of the Nurburgring (here in the Mercedes Arena): The GT86 is just about stable in the tight left turn – later when it started to rain…nn, the stern was more than restless, and only the activated ESP prevented the spin.
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If you buy the Toyota GT86, you can also get it with red leather applications free of charge. That fits the sporty, youthful character of the car, but you have to think carefully…whether you want to look at it for years. Pure black is more sustainable.
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The short gear stick lies very comfortably in the hand, and the gears can be engaged quickly and safely. Then that’s a good thing, because the Moto, which is not very high-torque…rs has to shift frequently if things are to move quickly. For an additional charge of 1550 euros…
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… there is an automatic transmission that also has six gears and can be shifted with small paddles on the steering wheel. The prejudice says that an automatic does not fit one of those …Wagen, and Toyota is only planning with a 15 percent share of sales. But the machine shifts faster than you think and is definitely worth a test drive. And: the standard consumption drops with automatic from 7.8 to 7.1 l / 100 km.
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With the standard consumption, however, it is such a thing if you keep the engine characteristics in mind – the red area of the tachometer only starts at 7450 rpm…, The boxer engine reaches its maximum output (200 hp) at 7000 and maximum torque (205 Newton meters) at 6600 rpm. That means: If you want to be fast, you have to suffer, so step on the gas and refuel a lot.
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A certain ability to suffer is also required of passengers three and four. Get in, sit, get out of the Toyota GT86 is no great pleasure for backbenchers.
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A boxer engine is called a boxer engine because its cylinders face each other like boxers in a fight. Boxer advantage: flat design with a low center of gravity, that’s good for the hand…ing the car. Boxer disadvantage: a bit of a rough run, that’s not so bad with a sports coupe. The name GT86 is derived from the dimensions of the cylinders: the combustion chambers are each 86 millimeters high and also have a diameter of 86 millimeters.
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In this illustration you can see the deep installation position of the engine and gearbox as well as the cardan shaft leading to the rear – after all, the car has rear-wheel drive. Weight distribution…between the front and rear axles: 57:43 percent, very close to the ideal of 50:50.
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The 4.24 meter long Toyota GT86 will be on sale from September, it will cost 29,990 euros. The standard equipment also includes 17-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler…
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… CD radio, cruise control, keyless entry system and fog lights. In addition to the automatic (1550 euros) and metallic paint (550 euros), there are also extras…
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… 18-inch wheels (389 euros), a lowering by 30 millimeters (189 euros), navigation system (550 euros), parking aid (390 euros) and an Aero package (1400 euros) with side skirts, …Front spoiler and rear wing.
On the racetrack with just 200 hp? Why not. The new Toyota GT86 can fully exhaust its technical concept on the Nurburgring. Away from the Grand Prix course, it is better to take it slower.
M.Sometimes a car is like taking a trip back in time, and that’s not all that bad – unless the targeted buyers don’t know what to do with the good old days. That could be the case with the Toyota GT86.
This new car, available from September, is not just a sleek coupe with a rather classic look. It also springs from the wet dreams of young men from the 70s and 80s in the technical data and, above all, in the way they develop their strength.
Turn the engine until the doctor comes
200 PS, that was something almost unattainable back then, not even the Golf GTI 16V had that much power. But the way in which the brand new Toyota achieves this value is very much like a youngtimer: You have to turn the four-cylinder boxer engine until the doctor comes.
Not enough with the fact that the maximum performance is only available at 6600 tours, this machine also needs speeds for maximum power, nothing but speeds. 6000 revolutions for 205 Newton meters, in our modern times with small displacements and powerful turbochargers, this is an anachronism.
A modern machine, but without a turbocharger
Because the Toyota doesn’t have a turbo, and that’s how it feels on the road. The engine starts moving happily, but without the right pressure, the growling background noise is also impressive, but the acceleration is rather weak at first despite the low weight (1239 kg). Only when the pointer of the rev counter has passed the 4000 mark does the booth come to life.
Now the GT86, which ultimately reaches 100 km / h in 7.6 seconds, puts more emphasis on the day to actually give itself one last jolt in the range beyond 6000 tours.
So the Toyota is really fast on the road, but you also have to be committed to stirring the crisp six-speed gearbox to get something out of it. Oh yes: You don’t have to worry about consumption (according to the standard 7.8 liters), it just disturbs the fun of the journey.
Test drive on the Formula 1 racetrack
A sporty car is particularly beautiful to experience on the racetrack. The Nurburgring Grand Prix course is available to try out, and if you are not ready to turn down the gears until just before the limiter (a red light lights up, then you should shift at the latest), brake firmly and two corners Shifting down gears will not benefit much from the sporting spirit of your GT86.
But those who completely subordinate themselves to the technical concept of the 4.24 meter long car will also enjoy it. Because the even power development of the two-liter engine, without any malicious turbo boost, makes it easier to concentrate on quickly measuring the curve. Rear-wheel drive and an almost balanced weight distribution (53 percent at the front, 47 at the rear) make the car refreshingly agile.
Somehow the GT86 is reminiscent of the first MX-5
Only when it starts to rain does the GT86 show signs of understeer: If you turn too hard, the front wheels no longer keep the car on course, it rubs inelegantly towards the edge of the curve.
Otherwise, the GT86 is a happy oversteer in the wet, it just likes to swing the rear, and it does it almost as casually as the first-generation Mazda MX-5 once did.
Except that there was no ESP for him yet. At Toyota, the system is called VSC (Vehicle Stability Control), and it consistently gets the GT86 back on track. The VSC Sport setting is interesting. This deactivates the traction control and the stability control gives the car more freedom.
With VSC Sport, the car feels more balanced
On the track, however, the electronics do not necessarily grab hold of it later and therefore more roughness, but rather seem to monitor the car at an early stage, but intervene less harshly. In any case, VSC Sport feels more agile and balanced at the same time, both in the wet and on dry asphalt.
All of this is again related to the type of power delivery measured. The surprise-free engine characteristics of the GT86 help when accelerating out of bends in a controlled manner, especially on wet roads.
By the way, VSC can also be switched off completely, and then the stability system no longer switches on in an emergency, for example when braking hard, as is the case in most other cars.
Not a good idea to drive without ESP
Does that make sense? In general, it is not a good idea to deactivate the ESP on public roads. And even if the GT86 announces early on that it has reached the limit and can be brought back on course with quick counter-steering: With the driving aid switched on, you are definitely safer, probably even faster.
Toyota also emphasizes the drifting ability of its 2 + 2-seater, but that is somehow a bit of yesterday. In any case, drifting is not a thing that succeeds without a perfect match between practice and talent, and where do you want to practice drifting??
Drift? No, this is forbidden during the test drive
Maybe on the Nurburgring Grand Prix track. The circuit is designed for Formula 1 races, there is space for a good four GT86 next to each other even in the tightest corner, nobody comes from the front anyway, and then there are the gravel beds and the run-off zones.
No way. Switching off ESP / VSC is prohibited, the cars are still needed for further test drives. In addition, although it is easy to initiate a drift, it is difficult not to turn it into a spin. Or as the old master Walter Rohrl says: "Drifting is the art of keeping an unstable state stable."
The trend towards sporty cars cannot be overlooked
In any case, it can be assumed that in the absence of a private racetrack, most GT86 drivers will be more civilized. You can do this, however, knowing that your car can do a lot more than the public road allows.
On the one hand, that is not so important, on the other hand, there is a trend towards sporty vehicles that cannot be overlooked. The sober computers at Toyota headquarters are praised for having allowed an affordable sports coupe to be brought onto the market again seven years after the production stop for the Celica.
Toyota boss Akio Toyoda driveseven like to race
Because of the many crossover cars, there has never been enough budget to make a Celica successor since the late 1990s. "There were ideas, but each time they were rejected", says Toyota spokesman Thomas Heidbrink.
The alliance concluded with Subaru in 2005 brought new momentum to history: The plan matured to build a sports coupe together and to share the costs. And the fact that Akio Toyoda took the lead in 2009 did not harm the realization of the GT86 (and the Subaru BRZ): Toyoda is an enthusiastic racing driver and has already taken part in the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring three times. With more powerful cars, of course, and including the Nordschleife.
At 29,900 euros, the GT86 is barely affordable
Nevertheless, in the end, the Toyota GT86 is a coherent car that is not even completely unaffordable at 29,900 euros. Especially since you get a very decent equipment for the money, such as cruise control, automatic air conditioning, navigation system and 17-inch alloy wheels.
You could almost say that a stripped-down version without extras for 25,000 euros wouldn’t be wrong either. But that should overwhelm the manufacturer’s logistics: Many options for small quantities are difficult to handle and again make things expensive.
Toyota and Sport, they fit together again
For Germany, Toyota is planning 3600 registrations for the GT86 in the first full sales year of 2013. After that, as is often the case with new sports cars, sales success is likely to decrease from year to year.
And then you need three things: a new idea, a management team that is enthusiastic about sports – and customers who know exactly again that it is worth asking Toyota about sporty cars. It doesn’t always have to be a hybrid.
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