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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 carto 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 rainnn, 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 carefullywhether 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-torquers 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 handing 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 distributionbetween 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.

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The new VW Golf won the title at the biggest international car awards, which was to be expected. But there was always a car just behind that that didn’t fit in with the times at all.

D.ace of VW Golf Europe’s Car of the Year didn’t really surprise me. At the “World Car of the Year” award, in which I voted, I found that a little stranger. But the strangest thing was a very different success. Toyota’s.

The Toyota GT86 has come a long way in both votes. The European jury voted it second, and the car was also successful in the global poll: the Toyota was in the final of the last four and three candidates in both the main prize and the sports car classification.

Actually, it can’t be. Because the Toyota is far too useless as a car. And too weak as a sports car. My explanation for his election success is: This car speaks to the heart. Old men’s hearts.

Be careful with the word "drive across"

Both juries are quite old boys networks, the European one even more than the global one, where Chinese and Indians lower the average age – women are only found here as there as trace elements. And old men, I’m 50 years old, I don’t mind that, love senseless cars with rear-wheel drive.

Old men also like to write as if they were constantly pounding the country roads in rally mode. To drive a useless and sporty car with rear-wheel drive briskly, that serves many of us as a distinguishing feature from normal mortals. After all, they do not constantly move different test vehicles and for this reason alone never receive the higher degrees of vehicle control.

Oh yes, that’s how we think, at least sometimes when we’re among ourselves. And when we talk like that (and occasionally also while writing), the word “drive across” is guaranteed. This means the state in which a car is when the rear axle has broken away, but it nevertheless measures the curve in a clean drift.

I recently drove with Andreas Mikkelsen (23), a professional rally driver in the service of VW. Since then I have been recommending to every amateur, including myself, to delete the technical term cross-driving from their active linguistic usage.

The drift stands for the good old days

But the drift, even if it is only the potential, is attractive. It has something to do with the good old days, when most cars were still built with the so-called standard drive (engine at the front, drive axle at the rear) and pulled their way carefree by electronic assistance systems – or even left this path involuntarily.

Driving a car, especially sporty driving, undoubtedly had more to do with skill back then than it does today, and that’s why this Toyota, although equipped with ESP, gives us old men such a gruesome stab in the heart.

Maybe also because we suspect that the GT86 corresponds to us in a certain way, but is not made for the 50 plus generation at all. Toyota has chosen young men of all people as its target group. And young here doesn’t mean “as young as you feel”, but so young that you could credibly have a 25-year-old girlfriend.

Who wants to be like Lothar Matthaus??

Over, over, at least for most of us. And if not, you quickly act like Lothar Matthaus.

We preferred to secretly vote for a car that actually didn’t fit the time. Because it opened a small window into the past for us.

It was nice to look through this window for a moment. But now we’d better close it again. And keep saving on the Porsche.

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