NOT JUST REA­SON­ABLY FAST

THE TOY­OTA GT86 IS PURE DRIV­ING PLEA­SURE. WELL, WITH A RANGE OF IN­NO­VA­TIVE IM­PROVE­MENTS AND NEW FEA­TURES BOTH IN­SIDE AND OUT, IT SHOULD BE SHOULDN’T IT?

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There’s some­thing about the per­son­al­ity of the new Toy­ota GT86 that tells you it wants to be driven. Sure, it’s de­signed to be rea­son­ably fast, but it’s more than that. Te way Toy­ota’s en­gi­neers have im­proved its fea­tures – the 4.2-inch in­for­ma­tion dis­play, the track mode, the op­ti­mised steer­ing wheel – seems to speak of a good time. In fact, you may well have seen it re­cently be­ing put through its paces by a few recog­nis­able faces on a very fa­mous air­feld test track in Sur­rey.

Tat’s not to say the im­prove­ments are all style-over-sub­stance. Not a bit of it. Te chas­sis is stiffer, and the aero­dy­nam­ics have all been fne-tuned to make the car more re­spon­sive, but the vis­ual cues and con­stant in­for­ma­tion the GT86 pro­vides go a hell of a long way to mak­ing man and ma­chine feel more at one.

4.2-INCH COLOUR TFT MULTI-IN­FOR­MA­TION DIS­PLAY

Any mo­tor rac­ing on tele­vi­sion these days comes with a plethora of real-time graph­ics, giv­ing you an in­sight into ex­actly how the driv­ers and their ma­chines are op­ti­mis­ing ev­ery ounce of per­for­mance. Sim­i­larly, the GT86’s high-grade me­ter dis­play will give you the sci­ence behind that big beam across your face in foren­sic de­tail.

De­signed for ul­ti­mate vis­i­bil­ity and ease of use, you can of course ac­cess the ne­ces­si­ties like in­stant fuel us­age, av­er­age speed and jour­ney time, but go be­yond that and it’s sud­denly driv­ing nir­vana for per­for­mance geeks ev­ery­where. Tere’s a G me­ter with and with­out peak hold, a torque curve and – for when the temp­ta­tion to take it to a track day be­comes over­whelm­ing – a stop­watch and lap-time leader board, all eas­ily op­er­ated us­ing steer­ing wheel-mounted switches.

TRACK MODE AND IM­PROVED STEER­ING WHEEL

Speak­ing of track an­tics, the nifty track mode but­ton al­lows you to balance fun and per­for­mance. One press min­imises interference of the stability and trac­tion con­trol sys­tems to a level that en­ables you to push the car hard, but with an ever-present, in-built safety net.

In­deed, when it comes to track­readi­ness, it would ap­pear Toy­ota’s Chief En­gi­neer Tet­suya Tada really has thought of ev­ery­thing. Te shape of the steer­ing wheel has been sub­tly changed, all with the end goal of al­low­ing you to be more feet of hand. Te in­er­tia mass has been re­duced by 10%, and the grip shape sub­tly adapted so that the driver’s arms nat­u­rally turn in­wards.

Tis, com­bined with the re­duced wheel di­am­e­ter and three sculpted me­tal spokes, feels sportier and stronger, and in­creases the speed with which you can ap­ply the req­ui­site lock to nail that apex more sat­is­fy­ingly.

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