Controversial Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has gone against the norm and named the Toyota GT86 as his car of the year.
The outspoken motoring critic is known for admiring vehicles that come with an expensive price tag and are the most powerful available in a range.
However, the Toyota GT86 is neither of these, instead being one of the cheapest new hot hatches available at the moment and also one of the least powerful.
Commenting why he picked this Japanese vehicle then, Clarkson stated in the Awards issue of Top Gear magazine: "I like the GT86 because it's come barrelling into the bottom end of the marketplace with a big dirty smile on its face and a suggestion in the way it stands that it wants to have fun with your middle parts."
One of the main selling features of the Toyota GT86 is its 2.0-litre boxer engine, which is capable of taking the car from 0-62mph in just 7.6 seconds while at the same time limiting CO2 emissions to a mere 164g/km and returning 39.8mpg.
The rear-wheel-drive design of the vehicle presents motorists with a new take on getting behind the wheel of a hot hatch, with limited slip differential and vehicle stability control – available in three driving modes – working to deliver drivers with a comfortable drive every time.
Style has not been forgotten about where the Toyota GT86 is concerned either, as is evident by the inclusion of striking bi-xenon headlamps and the car's dual exhaust pipe being finished in chrome detail.
The installation of sporty 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels is also sure to catch the eye, while the option of either metallic or pearlescent paintjobs is bound to leave pedestrians in awe.
Summing up what makes the Toyota GT86 so appealing, Clarkson concluded: "It's a car designed for one thing only: fun."
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