Finely-balanced weight distribution, a responsive engine and an aerodynamic build combine to make the GT86 thrilling to drive from the moment you pull away. Its sporty character is seen across every inch of the exterior, while inside you can engage with every movement the car makes.
A low stance not only gives the model a lower centre of gravity to boost its performance but creates a sleek look that carries from the front to the back. Below the Toyota badge on the bonnet is a wide and tall honeycomb grille flanked by fog lights for optimum visibility. The entry-level Primo gets distinctive 17-inch alloy wheels while at the back dual exhaust pipes sit within the rear diffuser. Move up the range to GT86 spec for LED daytime running lights and choose the Aero for a front diffuser, side skirts and a vast rear spoiler.
After settling into the supportive driver's seat and gripping the leather steering wheel, it is easy to feel in complete control of every function, as the various buttons and switches fall close to hand. A leather gear shift knob, aluminium pedals and branded floor mats are among the subtle details that enhance the interior atmosphere, as do the option packs featuring leather upholstery or heated seats.
A superb driving dynamic isn't all the GT86 has to offer as it's fitted with technology that entertains and connects occupants. One of the most notable features is the Toyota Touch multimedia system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display. Bluetooth connectivity enables you to link a smartphone with the system to take calls hands-free while also streaming music from a compatible device. Use the air conditioning system to keep the cabin at the preferred temperature no matter the weather and upgrade to GT86 for push-button start.
Driver-focused and true to the sports car class, the performance of the GT86 is fast enough for bursts of on-road enjoyment yet not hard to handle. A 2.0-litre 200HP petrol engine powers the rear wheels to give you complete control of the car's nimble movements, helped by the addition of a limited-slip differential which prevents wheel spin. A six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard with the option for a six-speed automatic, and the former takes the GT86 from 0-60mph in approximately 7.6 seconds.
More evidence of the car's everyday usability is provided by its safety capabilities. Seven airbags are positioned inside the cabin around the Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) seats, and various active technologies feature to lower the chance of an accident. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Brake Assist (BA) and Traction Control (TRC) are included in all model variants.
The GT86 delivers affordable excitement, and you can find out more about it with Yeomans Toyota in Brighton, Eastbourne and Worthing. Contact your local dealership to schedule a test drive soon.