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Affordable Modern Sports Car: Toyota GT86

Written by: Neil

The Toyota GT86 isn’t a car for standing still, well just look at this beauty, and what many critics agree is that at its hearts it remains every inch the best driver’s car to be had for the money.

Driving

The lively 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine has plenty of character, while strong brakes and precise steering mean it’s a hoot to drive.

Design and build

There’s only one specification level, so the entry-level car with the six-speed manual gearbox is the one to go for. The GT86 dynamic package: its proven combination of a normally aspirated 2.0-litre boxer engine, low centre of gravity, rear-wheel drive and a beautifully balanced chassis continues to deliver an exhilarating and rewarding driving experience

Interior

It’s got the potential ‘pulling look’ you would expect from a two-seater, sports car, with black/red leather. You can customise the look too, with many ‘pick-me’ choices that are free.

Tech and safety

The GT86 has 17-inch alloys, limited-slip differential, aluminium sports pedals, air conditioning, power-folding door mirrors, front fog lamps, twin tailpipes, the Toyota Touch multimedia system, Bluetooth and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

It has a rear spoiler, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, dusk-sensing HID headlights, LED daytime running lights and the option of automatic transmission – but would you really want to miss out on revving this beauty up?

Practicality and costs

The Toyota GT86 is powered by a 205 horsepower 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder linked to a 6-speed manual transmission. It only weighs 2,760 pounds, allowing it to sprint to 60mph in approximately 6.4 seconds The engine complies with Euro 6 emissions standards.

Market

All positive news, except to for a couple of years ago when a Toyota GT86 UK commercial titled The Real Deal was banned for encouraging motorists to drive irresponsibly.

Summary

James Wilson of FCS Vehicle Solution says: “The Toyota GT86 is a little beauty, with a naughty feeling side. Practically and low running costs though, any fleet manager should have this vehicle in their fleet.”

For the best possible deals on driving a Toyota GT86 visit FCS Vehicle Solutions or call 01235 773633.