Toyota GT86 information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about Toyota’s back-to-basics sports car. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the GT86 car range. We list the top five stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.
How refreshing: a back-to-basics sports car that’s more about driver involvement than outright pace. Co-developed with Subaru, the GT86 and its near-identical Subaru BRZ twin get a 2.0-litre boxer engine, rear-wheel drive and a lower-than-low centre of gravity. For more information on the Toyota GT86, click on our further stories on the links below.
60sec road test
Fast the GT86 is not. In fact, it probably wouldn’t see which way a generic modern turbodiesel family car went in a straight line. But straight lines are not what it’s all about. Skinny tyres from the Prius and a chassis set up with an allergy to understeer make it a delight to drive. A dearth of torque low down means it’s actually anything but a drift-on-demand tyre-smoker but it does have an irrestible feeling of always being up on its toes and eager to play. The steering’s feelsome, the driving position spot-on and the control weights perfectly judged. How can this car come from the same company that makes the Auris? Downsides: that boxer engine sounds a bit industrial and the pancake-flat power curve means you’ll need to rev the Jacobs off it to make progress, it’s a bit noisy on the motorway (it’s a sports car) and the cabin’s a bit cheap and tacky (it’s a Toyota). The short-throw but notchy gearshift that’s oh-so-Subaru is obstructive when cold, brilliant when warm. Confusingly for a car that’s all about involvement, there’s also an auto version available. Don’t do it.
The one we’d buy
For ultimate thrift-shop cool, the bare-essentials tuner market one with steel wheels and black plastic bumpers. Sadly Japanese domestic market only
The one we’d avoid like the plague
The auto. It goes against everything this car is about
Rivals to consider
Mazda MX-5, Nissan 370Z, Peugeot RCZ-R, Subaru BRZ
Everything it stands for: lightweight, simple, affordable thrills - and relentless driver-first focus
Engine sounds and feels strained at high revs, quality not quite as good as some rivals