“IF you know, you know.” That seems to be the phrase on social media at the moment.
I’ve never used it myself but it popped into my mind this week. For the first time this year – and remember we’re 11 months old – I’ve just driven a car that I’m happy to spend my money on.
Ten seconds after climbing out of the Toyota GR 86, the guy from Autocar – the car enthusiast’s bible – walked up to me and said exactly what I was thinking.
I think there was a buzz in the pit lane because then the outburst from a certain mage named Top Gear, you might have heard of it, said he liked one too. He was looking for old GT86s on his phone. (By the way: For one that looks nice, 50,000-60,000 miles, you’re looking at 12/13k dollars.)
For reasons I will never understand, the old GT86 was not appreciated at all. Journalists love it. Purists love it. But it was never sold in bulk. If someone at Audi looked at these numbers, they would have dismissed it long ago.
But fortunately, Toyota’s big boss, Akio Toyoda, loved this little car very much and he kept it as a souvenir. Corolla and RAV4 are the money makers. Prius is a hybrid hero. This 2+2 sports car at an affordable price is for those with a bit of fun. Or the Japanese call it “Waku Doki”.
Waku racer? So the GT86 not only gets a rework of the GR 86 after Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s performance division, but it’s also been heavily redesigned.
Everything we loved about the old car – low, manual and rear-wheel drive – just lighter, faster, bigger, sharper and nicer. Let’s start with the high-revving boxer engine offered by Subaru.
‘Lots of entertainment’
Same cylinder block as before but reduced to 2.4 liters. Power up 34 horses to 234hp. Peak torque is delivered much earlier at 3,700 rpm. The 0-62mph sprint is 1.2 seconds faster at 6.3 seconds and top speed is higher at 140mph.
Just as pleasant is the smile every hour. Plenty of entertainment on a twisty road. Engineers increased torsional stiffness by 50%, reworked the suspension and steering, and lowered the center of gravity slightly.
The result is a fun, balanced sports car that’s noticeably faster in the mid-range segment. Steering is sharper and more responsive. It is also easy to slide and control.
Switch to Tracking mode – while you’re on a game day, of course – and your electronic health and safety devices will be instantly switched off to allow you to participate in an activity like Ken Block. That’s exactly what I, Mr Autocar and Mr Top Gear are busy doing with some camouflage prototypes in Spain.
As for the cabin, there’s not much to say really. Nice short travel gear lever. Comfortable, well-supported seats. Just put your favorite kid in the back. The touch screen talks to your phone. Arranged. Toyota will confirm pricing when the GR 86 is officially announced next month.
I can tell you now it will start around £29k and be in showrooms from May. I can also tell you that this is a neat car that deserves more success than its predecessor. Now you know everything.
Main event: TOYOTA GR 86
- Price: £29,000
- Engine: Gasoline 2.4 liters 4cyl
- Power: 234hp, 250Nm
- 0-62mph: 6.3 seconds
- Max speed: 140mph
- Outside: May
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