HONED TO “HOON”

Toy­ota has re­fined its rear-wheel driven sports car for ev­ery­man, the GT86, to a sheen

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Ah, the Toy­ota 86. We share some mem­o­ries, it and I. In fact, I had the hon­our of liv­ing with one for a year, not to men­tion hav­ing cov­ered al­most ev­ery moun­tain pass in Mzansi in one, and “hooning” a cou­ple of race­tracks in the process. That’s right, I said “hoon”. It’s a noun mean­ing “a lout or hooli­gan, es­pe­cially a young man who drives reck­lessly”. Prob­a­bly in a Toy­ota GT86. As a verb, it means to “be­have in a loutish way, es­pe­cially by driv­ing reck­lessly”. Prob­a­bly in a Toy­ota GT86.

SOME­THING WICKED SIDE­WAYS COMES…

Let’s try to ig­nore the fact that the GT86 is one of very few cars at this price point which can cover a lot of asphalt at an an­gle per­pen­dic­u­lar to the road it­self, thanks in part to the fit­ment of a lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial (LSD) which comes as stan­dard on its rear axle. In­stead, let’s fo­cus on what the new car gets along with that GT pre­fix be­cause, yes, GT86 badges re­place the old 86 items, putting it on par with the rest of the world (mostly).

The range is stream­lined right down to a soli­tary high-spec model, which thank­fully re­tains both that bril­liant flat-four 2,0-litre mo­tor, while the D-4S boxer is mated to a man­ual six-speed trans­mis­sion, mak­ing it the purist’s choice. It churns out a trac­tion-de­fy­ing 147kw and 205Nm, plus it now also gains larger Brembo brakes (noth­ing less than high-per­for­mance ven­ti­lated ro­tors), as well as SACHS per­for­mance dampers. Nat­u­rally, these make for en­ter­tain­ing han­dling and an en­gag­ing and re­spon­sive drive, per­formed on 17” al­loy hoops tucked into each cor­ner.

Toy­ota’s taken metal­lic black off its GT86 pal­ette, but has added an all-new hue dubbed Bright Blue to com­ple­ment the re­main­ing Crys­tal White Pearl, Ice Sil­ver metal­lic, Dark Grey metal­lic, Pure Red and Lapis

Blue Pearl colours. They’re all vi­brant shades, mak­ing for bet­ter view­ing of the new GT86’S black trim – and that new black boot spoiler with match­ing fold­ing side-mir­rors.

Trim lev­els are co­pi­ous, with full

LED lamp light­ing (head, tail and fog), plus lib­eral smat­ter­ings of Al­can­tara in the cabin, heated seats, dual-zone cli­mate con­trol and key­less en­try. The in­fo­tain­ment TFT screen is new and fea­ture-laden, es­pe­cially if mo­bile phone pair­ing is your jam, via Blue­tooth and USB in­ter­fac­ing. I re­fer to Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto in­te­gra­tion (in ad­di­tion to the usual fare) and, with it, a wealth of com­pat­i­ble apps such as Waze and Spo­tify.

Toy­ota’s own satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion comes stan­dard, as does a three-year (100 000km) war­ranty plus four-year (60 000km) ser­vice plan.

Yours for R575 000 – and, with it, a unique sports car ex­pe­ri­ence that won’t skip a beat.

THE RANGE IS STREAM­LINED RIGHT DOWN TO A SOLI­TARY HIGH-SPEC MODEL, WHICH THANK­FULLY RE­TAINS THAT BRIL­LIANT FLATFOUR 2,0-LITRE MO­TOR.

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