Official: Toyota GT 86 revealed (at last)


This is it, folks - Toyota has finally revealed its new coupe in proper, final production form. And it's to be called the GT 86.

The Toyota half of the Toyota-Subaru 'Toyobaru' joint venture has been dubbed the FT-86 in concept form, but will be called GT 86 in Europe (after the iconic AE86 coupe of the 1980s). In the US it will be known as the FR-S and simply the '86' in Japan.


As we expected, the 1998cc Subaru-developed boxer unit, helped by D4-S direct injection, delivers 200hp at 7000rpm and a maximum torque of 151lb ft at 6600rpm. Toyota's press bumf describes the GT 86's performance merely as 'brisk', but expect a sprint to 62mph in around 7.0secs and a top speed in excess of 140mph.

Performance shouldn't be the 1180kg coupes star turn however - that goes to handling (we hear - the chap who's driven it for Autocar reckons it's up there with a Cayman in handling terms). And in order to make it exciting to drive, the GT 86 gets MacPherson struts up front, double wishbones at the rear, a limited-slip differential, a six-speed manual 'box (an auto is also an option) and an ultra-low centre of gravity (just 460mm, thanks to that engine configuration and a low hip-point for the driver).


So far, so good. But with every silver lining comes a cloud - in this case that's the fact that it's now expected to cost around the £28k mark rather than the £22k that had been hoped, and a long way beyond the sub-£20k mark originally envisaged...

Nevertheless, we're keenly looking forward to the arrival of the GT 86 when it lands in UK dealers in June 2012...

 







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  • otolith 08 Dec 2011

    Given the limited numbers Toyota is planning to sell, suggestions that they won't "sell well" unless piled high and sold cheap are fairly irrelevant, I think. I reckon they'll sell as many as they plan to without having to give them away, initially at least.

  • David1976 08 Dec 2011

    Save Ferris said:
    The Toyota sales managers had their annual sales conference at the NEC yesterday, and were told the GT86 would start around £25K. The official launch is June, with approx 1500 cars for the UK in 2011.
    If that is with a reasonable basic spec then they will sell well. If it is £25K for a paupers spec then in my opinion it is still a tad high as you will likely end up paying £28K anyhow.

  • cptsideways 03 Dec 2011

    StormLoaded said:
    JB! said:
    how so?

    don't see the point in heavy intergrated units, if i need an alternative route my phone is good enough.
    I believe the 'heavy integrated unit' will be there anyway as touchscreen audio.. Your basically just getting a model up in the audio system that does satnav too.
    It's a nice system.. Linked to your phone so when out and about can even just search local restaurants and can dial on the go etc. It's the same system as in the new Yaris I believe .. It is good and worth the 500 upgrade.
    Its never worth £500 its some way off what the average phone did 3 years ago & your typical phone these days surpasses it. Now if they could intergrate your phone into a hole in the dash maybe.

  • StormLoaded 03 Dec 2011

    JB! said:
    how so?

    don't see the point in heavy intergrated units, if i need an alternative route my phone is good enough.
    I believe the 'heavy integrated unit' will be there anyway as touchscreen audio.. Your basically just getting a model up in the audio system that does satnav too.
    It's a nice system.. Linked to your phone so when out and about can even just search local restaurants and can dial on the go etc. It's the same system as in the new Yaris I believe .. It is good and worth the 500 upgrade.

  • JB! 03 Dec 2011

    jjr1 said:
    You clearly don't drive a lot.

    Sat-Nav has traffic info and alternative routes and an estimated time of arrival. Without that my life would be a great deal harder.
    how so?

    don't see the point in heavy intergrated units, if i need an alternative route my phone is good enough.

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