A small, lightweight propulsion, atmospheric boxer: the Toyota GT86, Toyota shows that the simplest recipes are often the best in terms of driving pleasure.
At Toyota, the car was fun but a distant memory, since the departure of the last Celica and MR in the mid-2000s. Akio Toyoda, the heir of the founding family and CEO of the group since 2009, pilot end and connoisseur of sports cars, fortunately decided to reinvest the land with the help of Subaru . Despite the disappointment that the car is now victim, a beautiful sports coupe will always remain a vector image at least as powerful as a hybrid. It has never seen a teen pin up a poster of a Prius to his bedroom wall …
Toyota is set to work with all the enthusiasm repressed during these years, invoking the spirits of the sublime 2000 GT and popular AE 86. The result is a car purist, the rear-wheel drive and two-liter atmospheric (addition of a four-cylinder flat) blithely violate the canons of modern small cut mass.
As the sheet, the dress is rather simple, less aggressive than the Toyota concepts with which we had worked up an appetite for two years but full of character. Despite some tics “Fast & Furious”, all seems almost slender in traffic. It must be said that Toyota is extremely compact with 4.24 m long, 1.78 m wide and 1.29 m high above. It is even, according to the manufacturer of the smallest drive four-seater in the world.
Four places, it’s easy to say. However, the rear seats dépanneront better than a RCZ or TT, with a roof clearance acceptable for an adult and small. More than enough for two people (243 l) and easy to load, the trunk can be expanded as needed via the folding bench (unfortunately in one block). Although the Japanese is more welcoming than might have been expected, and the finish of good quality, truce bourgeois considerations: the place of choice is obviously behind the wheel.
This, tiny, with an excellent grip, like the rest of ergonomics governed by common sense. Adjustable millimeter, the driving position is absolutely perfect turns around beautiful tubs series. Unable to stand it any longer: contact.
Ouch. To right and cervical accustomed torque turbo engines that exist today at this power level up, the first mechanical impressions are not binding. Seeking more, the 200 horsepower flat-four are there, but the bulk of the herd that is tumbling over 5 000 r / min (maximum power at 7000 rpm, switch to 7400). Lean 205 Nm, perched 6400 rev / min, and the gear too long the manual six-speed gearbox does not help to shorten the game of hide and seek. With 7 “6 on the 0 to 100 km / h, 28″ 3 kilometers from a standing start on the Toyota GT86 can not compete with the turbines of the competition, nor with the viciousness of a Clio RS to 2.0 atmospheric comparable. The soundtrack is nice in the towers but not hair-raising, even if the “sound generator” just sounds more than a RCZ.
Regardless, at the first corner, it takes advantage of the small boxer and we understand better when Toyota wanted to come. The electric power steering is certainly one of the best on the market, while the short stroke, the accuracy of the accelerator are ideal to make the most of the lively aspirated engine. Sitting only 40 cm of soil, ensconced between the projecting wings look, we all better enjoy the show with the amounts of very fine windshield and door overhang that allow non-existent donning ropes without any ulterior motive.
As the pace quickens, the Toyota GT86 revealed his talents as tightrope. With its mass contained (1239 kg), the center of gravity low (46 cm) allowed by its engine architecture, optimal weight distribution (53/47) and very forgiving suspension, the small Toyota swing leaves turn cornering with a jubilant ease. Deliberately floor very ordinary gums (the same as a Prius) on small wheels 17 “, it puts the oversteer everyone with ultra-progressive drift, the limited slip differential, controls almost telepathic and traction control switched off at two levels care of the rest.
The rest of the time, Toyota GT86 is a traveling companion of the most civilized: quiet, comfortable, and against all odds, surprisingly frugal. Despite driving style imposed by anemia boxer at low speed, the Toyota did not exceed 11 l/100 km during our test (7.8 l combined cycle according to manufacturer data), a remarkable score that few engine turbo could keep pace equivalent. In terms of CO2 emissions, however not for the Toyota GT86 to deceive despite its long box (181 g / km, or 1,300 euros penalty).
A 29 900 euros, despite a comprehensive set of equipment (the only options are leather upholstery, heated seats with Alcantara to 1600 euros, the GPS Touch & Go excellent at 700 euros, radar parking at 350 euros and painting metallic), Toyota GT86 has to speak trivially, a price / performance ratio mediocre face all planes jostling today as 000 35. More irrational, but more importantly, it offers a great contrast price / pleasure.
Ballerina Toyota knows about the pilot in everyone. At the wheel, it feels to drive, simply, a rare virtue these days, let alone at this level of price and versatility. Despite (because of?) Their performance and their much higher efficiency, no pulls turbocharged competition never provide as much fun hunting turns, not to mention the fact that it will venture much higher on the tachometer to start feeling something on board. Just as a Mazda MX-5 , but more typical, Toyota GT86 is a pearl on the current automotive market.