- The car that fortunately only a few understand
- Powerslides at 30 km / h
- No turbo, that’s a good thing
- Where to put the key
The car that fortunately only a few understand
Rear-wheel drive and no tricks: Toyota GT86
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.
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.
The athlete’s front does not come across as good-natured
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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