Toyota GT86 Review (2012)

Toyota GT86 (Side View) (2012)
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Toyota GT86 Review

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Those +2 seats are not even realistic for small children, but they do make a handy and quite reasonably sized space to stow any items you want in the car with you, such as a briefcase or tote bag.

Ride and Handling

Find a twisty back road in open country and you quickly find out what this car is all about. With its engine weight over the front wheels and power delivery to the rear axle, it follows the format of a traditional sports car, and it is not overly reined back by electronic intervention. So the result is that the back wheels scrabble and tweak the tail quite easily, which makes it entertaining to drive.

But it is predictable and vice-free, coming back to heel tidily when you ease off the power, so it engages you as a keen driver without biting back when you drive in press-on mode. It handles beautifully in the best tradition of a rear-wheel-drive sports car. Ride quality is surprisingly good too for the kind of car it is. Only the deepest potholes will jar the suspension and rattle your fillings.

Ease of Use

The car is quite low-slung but the big doors give very reasonable access into the front seats. Getting into the back is pretty awkward though, but as there is almost zero legroom in the skimpy back seats, nobody would want – or be able - to sit there.

The GT86 is described as the world’s most compact four-seater sports car, but that is misleading because it really isn’t a four-seater at all. Those +2 seats are not even realistic for small children, but they do make a handy and quite reasonably sized space to stow any items you want in the car with you, such as a briefcase or tote bag. That is just as well, because the boot is quite small at 243 litres, really only enough for a couple of modest weekend bags, and access into it is quite shallow. The rear seat-back does not fold, so there is no facility for extending the load space.

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