The Toyota GT86 is great fun to drive thanks to its sharp handling and crisp responses. It’s affordable to buy and very well equipped.
You need to really thrash the engine for the sort of pace you expect, and the interior looks pretty cheap. Not as practical as the best coupes, either.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine is capable of strong pace, but because its peak power and torque are delivered high up the rev range, you have to work it hard. It feels very lazy lower down the dial – let the engine drop below 4000rpm, and you’ll wonder what happened to all the go.
Ride & Handling
The ride is firm but fair, but the GT86 is all about the handling. The light weight and classic sports car layout (engine at the front, driven wheels at the back) gives the GT86 real agility, and the fast throttle responses and quick, weighty steering help, too. The rear-wheel drive is also great fun if you venture onto a track, but on a public road, it can’t quite match an Audi TT for precision.
The engine sounds pretty good when you thrash it, which is just as well, because you’ll be thrashing it a lot of the time. The engine is audible when cruising on the motorway, too, plus you have to put up with a cacophony of road and wind noise.