HONED TO “HOON”
Toyota has refined its rear-wheel driven sports car for everyman, the GT86, to a sheen
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.