It’s a pleasingly simple recipe, that of the Toyota GT86 – low weight, reasonable costs (both to buy and to run) and grip levels sufficiently low to make it fun at road-legal speeds. When it was launched in 2012, it was the first time a car maker had arguably pulled off the affordable sports car trick since the original Mazda MX-5 in 1989.
Of course, Toyota effectively copied Subaru’s homework with the GT86 (okay, with Subaru’s blessing – this was a joint project), so the car gets a four-cylinder boxer engine, and plenty of bits and bobs inside that will be familiar to Subaru drivers. In fairness, Toyota did also develop the direct injection system for the EJ20 flat-four fitted in the GT86/BRZ pair.
In pure performance terms, the GT86 was never going to be a fireball, but its 200hp was enough to amuse, and cars from 2017 onwards get more low-end power to make the car a little more pliant and responsive in everyday driving conditions.Being a Toyota, the GT86 is also a robust and reliable workhorse so, provided it hasn’t been thrashed to within an inch of its life, even high-mile examples should prove to be thoroughly dependable.