Toyota GT86: The car that luckily few understand

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Rear-wheel drive and no tricks: Toyota GT86

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You don’t need a multi-million dollar Porsche, Ferrari or Lambo if you want to have fun on the road. A sports car is enough for 30,000 euros. From Toyota.

E.The mere mention of the name is enough to get know-it-all comments, which in essence only have one message: The Toyota GT86 is a beautiful car, but has far too little horsepower. And it’s true: if you can only drive straight ahead, 200 hp is really not enough.

However, the fact that these comments always come from experts, all of whom have big bellies, is a first indication of what’s wrong here. In any case, I would bet three boxes of Flensburger that Walter Rohrl will leave each of these gentlemen miles behind on a country road, even if they are in a brand new 911 GT3 would sit.

"All the power, all the time" – that is a clever quote from Jay Leno and the Toyota GT 86 is the sheet metal implementation of this philosophy. It can best be compared with my private, almost 20-year-old German sports car. The seating position is almost identically low, the ergonomics even better, and the feelings conveyed during slow to medium driving are similar.

But then there are the differences. My private athlete has a significantly larger engine and more horsepower, so he’s faster in the sprint. In addition, it is perfectly balanced and allows extreme cornering and acceleration that you can still keep up with today. Spectacular drifts, on the other hand, require a better driver than I am, the grip is just too good.

Powerslides at 30 km / h

The Toyota GT, which, by the way, is identical to the Subaru, is completely different BRZ is: The narrow tires and the modest two-liter displacement suggest that quarter-mile races and straight-ahead races are not the domain of the little Japanese. His real strength lies in tight, angled courses and, most importantly, in wobbling his bum.

I can’t remember a single vehicle that pushes the rear out that quickly, even in normal mode. If you switch to race mode, the driving pleasure quickly becomes hysterical. Splendid. Seriously, if you want, you can power slide the car in first or second gear when you exit the parking lot. Even at 30 km / h driving pleasure? Yes, just awesome.

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Two doors, long snout, short rear – the ingredients for a sports coupe

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And that’s the whole secret: exuberant joy even at low, rather harmless speeds and a driving experience that is otherwise only found in cars that cost at least twice as much. How can you not like that?

It must be because of the beer bellies, which are otherwise caused by turbochargers and diesel torques Have them dragged around and then ramble endlessly about from zero to one hundred numbers.

No turbo, that’s a good thing

Speaking of turbochargers, the Toyota doesn’t have one, and that’s good too. In addition, the GT86 is of course not available with a diesel engine. As you can see, the Japanese have understood what a sports car is matters. And the whole thing is crowned with a two-liter boxer engine that only goes into the limiter at around 8000 revolutions. A celebration of joy.

Interestingly enough, even the automatic transmission was set so that when driving at full throttle – which can be operated frequently and for a long time thanks to the "only" 200 hp – it only shifts shortly before 8000 revolutions. Wonderful. But of course the manual gearbox is a good choice for this car, although the automatic is also endlessly fun.

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The athlete’s front does not come across as good-natured

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Then why the switch? Well, you can let a clutch pedal jump and thus initiate a drift, and you also need it for the courageous use of the handbrake. Speaking of the handbrake: The drift-crazy Japanese are doing everything right here too. A perfectly positioned and wonderfully old-fashioned lever that, like the little steering wheel, screams: “Come on, you creep, drift me!” Thumbs up, Toyota.

Why would you even want a small boxer engine that constantly screams for speed? Because you always have full control in your right foot and you can dose the gas very precisely. And of course because of the compact design that keeps the center of gravity far below.

Where to put the key

Criticisms? Sure, but none that don’t apply to almost every modern car. As always, you don’t know what to do with the key, which slips off the front passenger seat when you brake for the first time and disappears in the footwell. After all, Toyota has built in a small compartment that is lined with a kind of rubber, here the square thing can be stowed away quite easily. An ignition lock is and will always be better. What else? To be honest, actually nothing.

Enough of the technical drivel, time to look at what is really important, the feelings that this car evokes, even with a belly-set and only moderate talent. Let me put it this way: After a car test (over a distance of at least 600 kilometers), I have never immediately grabbed my laptop and found out about used car prices, really never. Until my wife came and looked at me critically. "Another sports car?" – "Yes, but it’s completely different, honestly."

The Toyota is a contemporary implementation of the “classic sports car” theme. If you’ve always liked classic cars, you will love the GT86: high-revving boxer engine, real handbrake, almost perfect ergonomics and real exclusivity (thanks to modest sales figures) – and the whole thing is available for around 30,000 euros. No further questions, Your Honor.

Yes, there are many cars that sped faster and even small turbodiesel cars that have significantly more torque (of course only for two seconds or less), but I know only a few cars that make you feel like you’re in “The Fast and the Furious ”- even at speeds that are much safer than comparable driving maneuvers in a 400 or 500 hp sports car. It’s good that hardly anyone in Germany understands that. Then there will be more GT86 left for me, you should also think about age.

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13 thoughts on “Toyota GT86: The car that luckily few understand”

  1. A positive look beyond the horizon of German automotive engineering is rare in the German press. It is strange that the sales figures are so low, although the GT86 should shine within its target group. Toyota’s cars are considered in countries other than "indestructible" very reliable and groundbreaking, thanks to the author for reminding us of the quality of the competition. Too much self-satisfaction on the part of the potbellied people named simply makes you blind. Other mothers also have beautiful daughters.

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  2. … although you don’t see so many sports coupes in the (price) class in Germany anyway. Either you see something roadster-like (Z4, TT, MX5) or something compact (Scirocco, Veloster, the various GTI / Cupra / OPC / RS variants). When it comes to closed sports cars, I really see first and foremost a class higher, i.e. 911, especially a lot of Mustangs. I believe that this type of automobile is simply no longer really in demand in a Germany in which (probably not just felt) every second coupe on the market has at least four doors and you can see SUV coupes. Unfortunately.

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  3. Nice article, if it were now supplemented by the note that with the envisaged e-mobility one will go the other way again – more stomach and punch in the big car, my Saturday morning would be even nicer.

    You simply don’t seize the opportunity that e-mobility offers to think of new, more sensible vehicles.

    When I think about what I had for fun in the French Alps in the 1970s with an old Renault with rear-wheel drive in the Gordini version – a rear sling – then I know that the torquing out of supercharged diesels and exhausts with sound, the needed today to reduce frustration, was not the right path and it is no longer the case today.

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  4. A person who does not know where to carry the car key when it is not needed to start should not write articles about cars.

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  5. Thank you for this article.
    I drive a 2012 GT86 (automatic / VFL) – since April 2016 and now for around 8,000 km; mainly longer stretches on the country road.
    What I love about the GT is that, as a cruiser, it is always perfectly controllable and totally relaxed as a cruiser, but that – in the higher speed range – it can also be moved in a very fun, agile and cornering manner. The ancestral territory (especially for having fun) is not the motorway, but the country road. I don’t care about the agent station wagons with their TDIs that overtake me. There is always someone who is faster. And anyway, it doesn’t depend on how fast a car drives, but on how fast a car drives.

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  6. I was one of the first owners of a GT86 in our district, so I’ve been driving it for almost 5 years.

    I don’t care if some turbodiesel representative car drives 5 or 10 km / h faster on the autobahn. I don’t really know how fast my GT86 is – I’ve never driven it to the limit. According to the speedometer, it drives faster than 230 – it doesn’t matter.
    It’s too good to block on the autobahn anyway, but on winding country roads in the Upper Palatinate … a poem. And the turbodiesel salesman’s cart is welcome to line up behind it…
    Driving pleasure.

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  7. Thanks for the nice article.
    The only difference between boys and men is that the toys become more expensive.
    😉

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  8. I like to take part in the competition with Walter at any time. If the snow cover was closed, he would win, otherwise not.

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  9. Reads like the article of frustration from someone who’s just got back with his "Sports car" was sawn by a 08/15 compact carriage on the autobahn. Being able to drift nicely is all well and good, but when do you really do that in everyday life? And I hope "powerslide at the exit from the parking lot" does not correspond to the usual driving style of the author…..

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  10. Someone didn’t understand it correctly.
    It’s not about doing a powerslide on an exit. It’s about driving a car quickly through a curve without ESP and being able to control it even if you oversteer.

    Every compact car can go 0-100km / h just as fast as a Porsche or Ferrari. But only real sports cars can drive through a curve quickly and without ESP.
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  11. Super written .. As a young adult I once had an MR 2 .. That was at least something compared to today’s representative car .. It’s a shame that the car is not open .. Then it would have the potential to replace the current convertible in the garage .. Or, I have to grow;))

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