Toyota 86

April 7, 2012
 

Toyota 86 sports car receives rave reviews

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Written by: Goran Has
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Toyota 86 sports car receives rave reviews

is giving the perfect riposte to its critics who say its cars are a bit dull with the imminent launch of this new sports coupe, the .

On sale now and with deliveries scheduled for July 1, the car is available in either six-speed manual form at £24,995 or in six speed auto at £26,495.

Its standard specification includes a limited slip differential for better cornering, and those journalists who have already driven it abroad have since raved about its handling.

As is well known, the car is a collaboration between and , which will get its own version, and the car uses a -sourced 2.0 litre ‘boxer’ engine, so called because the pistons are horizontal rather than vertical as in most cars and so the conrods appear to be punching towards each other.

It feeds its power through the rear which won’t help the rear seat space because of the prop shaft running to the back axle, but it will help the handling.

Essentially there is just one trim level and seven colours, but there are some optional styling decals customers can specify to make the car appear more sporting.

The GT86 badge itself is a small and unusual detail just forward of the base of the A-pillars, depicting four tyres within the number 86, set between two horizontal “boxer” pistons. You won’t find that on an Auris!

The 2+2 cabin further emphasises the essential character of the GT86, with a cockpit designed around the driver, front sports seats, aluminium pedals and contrasting red stitching around the black leather trimmed steering wheel, gear knob and parking brake.

Black cloth upholstery is standard, but customers have the option of black leather and Alcantara, or black leather with red Alcantara and additional red leather styling details on the door grips, steering wheel, gear knob and parking brake.

Both of these options also include heaters for the front seats.

The cabin also has the Touch touchscreen control system, already seen in the new Yaris, for controlling the six-speaker system, with Bluetooth for phone connection and music streaming, and a USB port.

As an option, the system can be upgraded to Toyota Touch and Go, with satellite navigation and advanced functions such as speed and safety camera warnings, on-board connection to Google Local Search and connected services providing data such as live parking and fuel price information and even local weather forecasts.

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