Toyota's 'Mr GT86' hints at a three-model range of sports cars to come
An interview with Tetsuya 'Mr GT86' Tada in an overseas edition of Top Gear and subsequently reported on 4WheelsNews suggests the sports car he's credited with creating for Toyota (and Subaru...) is just the start.
Tada-san is hinting at more to come
PH met up with Tada-san in Scotland recently (more on this shortly) and spent some time with him as he explored some traditional UK driving in the '86 with a view to further developments off the platform. Along the way he let slip that he has a prototype back in Japan shorn of 100kg, which sounds promising. Meanwhile tuners and racers have been busy exploring the potential for more in the package, not least Toyota itself with its Britcar racer.
But according to 4WheelsNews that's just the start and Tada has gone further in suggesting that the GT86 will be at the core of a three-car sports car range. So, how will that manifest itself? Perhaps a modern-day equivalent of the tiny, minimalist Sports 800 we drove back to back with the GT86 a little while back? An Elise-esque MR2 replacement with the GT86 fulfilling the Celica role and a new Supra at the other end of the scale? Who knows but having met Tada-san, hung out with him and got just a sense of his energy and enthusiasm it's an exciting prospect.
An Elise competator would be nice. Sub 1000kg, 140-250hp variants and ~22-30k price tag with 5years warranty
That would be great for sure, it would put Lotus out of business though wouldn't it?
Unless, like many Toyota cars over the years, Lotus was involved.
Wasn't the last MR2 a (less practical!) Elise competitor?
Fishy Dave17 Oct 2012
Come on LG where are you? Keep up at the back....
I can't be arsed to 'defend' the 86 anymore. I'm happy with it out of the box. For what I want right now it's pretty much perfect. Can't say the same of the Toyota dealerships though. On my third now.
PS. Here's mine on one of my running-in runs.
Hope you're happy with the third one? I thought I recognised the car when I saw it this morning , then I saw the PH logo on the back and I knew it was yours. Cheers, Dave
Black S2K13 Oct 2012
Escort Si-130 said:
The Arna only looked bad because they brought the hatch/rear panel break point too far below the DLO/beltline, so it looked like a piece of cheese from the rear. The rest looked OK.
The disappointment really was that it combined the reliability of the Sud with the driving dynamics of the Cherry in a classic own goal sort of way.
I suppose there was always a remote possibility that Toyobaru would likewise snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, but they didn't; despite my suspicion of the hack-Kool-Aid-hype, the car is a cracker and great fun to drive/own. And I'd completely given up on lousily-designed, unreliable modern rubbish until then...
Since Honda is determined to me-too Toyota into beige mediocrity, I also look forward to Tada-san's next two projects.
chr15b13 Oct 2012
I'm 6â€™ 8â€ and its the only sports car I fit in!
I'm with clarkson, I can fit in anything I want to fit in..
Herman Toothrot12 Oct 2012
A second hand GTR is about 40k - affordable for a large number of people.
It isn't expensive to maintain either - tyres might be but apart from than nothing goes wrong.
And not sure what you mean by "most people don't run a secondhand 355" - do you think there is a graveyard for them or something?
A friend with a GTR took it out on track and he said it ended up costing Â£2.5k for the day in 'consumables', he has since bought a bike engined kit car to use on track as he figured it cheaper to buy another car than run the GTR. Pottering about town I'm sure they are not horribly expensive but when pushed they are.