What alternatives should I consider to a used Toyota GT86 coupe?
Since you’re considering the GT86, you might as well take a look at the Subaru BRZ given that it is essentially the same car. It, too, is a fun rear-wheel-drive sports car, but thanks to subtle suspension tweaks, it has a bit more front-end grip in corners. The downside is that there aren’t as many BRZs around and the Subaru dealer network is somewhat smaller than it is for Toyota.
Another car that’s designed to be fun to drive is the Mazda MX-5. You can have it with a folding metal roof or a normal soft-top, but both allow you to get the wind in your hair, which often gives you the sensation that you’re travelling faster than you actually are. Plus, the 1.5 and 2.0-litre petrol engines love to be thrashed and aren’t that thirsty when you do put your foot down.