Toyota GT86 Review
First Drive Of Toyota’s Sporty Car
The Toyota GT86 hit the roads in 2012 billed as an affordable, rear-wheel drive sports car built in collaboration with Subaru, who subsequently brought out their BRZ. Very confusing if you see them both on the roads.
What’s it like to drive?
How much fun are you looking to have? The 2.0-litre 197 bhp flat-four engine will get you to 62 mph in 7.7 seconds, not fast I know and there is a lack of low-rev torque. There are rivals that will beat it with increased power but this is about the overall package.
The six-speed manual transmission helps get up to speed with a smooth gear change throw, tight ratios and the sound of the engine as you push through the rev range is enough to want push it to its limits, within reason of course.
The steering and car is nicely balanced with a very low centre of gravity. How I would have loved to have taken it for a spin on track just to feel the response and agileness of the lightweight car under different conditions.
It’s always a good thing when manufacturers have an off button for traction control, especially if you really want to get the back end out. But a word of warning, leave traction control on if it’s raining. It will, WILL, swap ends if you turn it off.
Running costs aren’t ridiculous for this sort of car, I managed 30.6 mpg which isn’t too bad, thrash it all the time and obviously it will be lower.
The GT86 comes kitted out with airbags for driver and passenger, ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Vehicle Stability Control with steering assist.
What is the spec like on the Toyota GT86?
Toyota have delivered a nice looking car that always turns heads, but the interior really lets it down and doesn’t look like they’ve spent much on it. I haven’t experienced a Japanese sports coupe interior yet that doesn’t look like it’s dated as soon as it’s released, which is a big shame on the GT86.
Alcantara never fails to disappoint on sports seats but they do come as a premium. The driver’s seat is less comfortable than the passenger and it does lack support under the legs. There are two seats in the rear but these are completely pointless as an adult can’t even fit in the rear unless they lie across the back. Toyota would have been better keeping it as a two-seater and making the boot bigger.
The red stitched steering wheel is nice and thin although it does lack buttons. It can get slightly annoying having to reach across to adjust the volume, but this would add cost during fabrication.
Toyota’s Touch & Go entertainment system is also an extra and features a 6.1-inch touchscreen, navigation, CD player with DAB-ready tuner, rear-view camera and multimedia connectivity is via Bluetooth and USB and Aux-In ports.
The instrument display is a bit play school looking, although I did like the fact you can switch the digital speedo between MPH and KM/H - ideal when making trips across the channel.
Standard equipment on the GT86 includes dual-zone climate control, cruise control, smart entry and push button start, LED daytime running lights, retractable, heated door mirrors and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Toyota GT86 price and verdict
The GT86 starts from £27,345 with extras such as black leather and alcantara sports seats costing £1,600 and the Touch and Go system, £750.
The price is where it wins as although the interior isn’t the best, it is a fun drive, handles well and looks good too.
Motoring.co.uk likes on the Toyota GT86:
Fun to drive
Motoring.co.uk dislikes on the Toyota GT86: