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November 28, 2012

Toyota 86 GT wins Drive Car of the Year award

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Toyota 86 GT wins Drive Car of the Year award

Out of 39 cars judged this year in 13 categories, GT takes the award (Best Performance Car under $60K) and in the process the car was the first to win the Drive Car of the Year gong in the award’s seven-year history according to SMH. Well done to and for teaming up to deliver such an outstanding car this year. Find out what we think of this news, here.

SMH report in brief:

Eevery car was taken around a road loop that distilled a wide variety of real-world conditions into something accessible for the judging panel, with its combined total of many decades of road- experience. They included 100km/h highway driving, urban traffic conditions with suburban streets, traffic lights and school zones and pot-holed, low-speed, country roads.

The Toyota won its category by scoring heavily in each judging criteria. Its engine might not have the outright horsepower of some performance cars, but it provides the perfect amount to exploit the 86′s nimble, rear-drive chassis.

The can be driven quietly and comfortably as a commuter car, albeit one with a stiffer than normal ride. On the track it can be easily provoked into lurid tail slides with its electronic stability control switched off, or remain commendably stable with it left on.

Equipment levels are not luxurious, but are more than adequate given the design goal of a low price and low weight for maximum performance. In terms of practicality, the rear seat is good for short trips (or shorter adults) and the folding rear seat means larger loads than a shallow boot would otherwise tolerate can be accommodated.

Five-star NCAP crash-worthiness indicates a safe structure, as does a full complement of seven airbags.

The held its own over five days of gruelling driving and judging covering every available road condition.

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Toyota 86 GT wins Drive Car of the Year award

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