Toyota’s GT hits road with £25K price tag
An auto version will also be on offer for £26,495.
The GT86 was developed in conjunction with Subaru, which will sell its own version, the BRZ. Both use a Subaru-developed 2-litre Boxer engine driving through the rear wheels.
Styling cues in the Toyota include a rear spoiler, 17-inch light alloy wheels, chrome-finished dual exhaust tailpipes and a signature T-mesh grille, the motif repeated in the shape of the rear foglight, set centrally between the tailpipes.
The car comes in a choice of seven body colours – either Dark Red, Silver metallic, Black metallic, Blue metallic, Dark Red metallic, Orange metallic and Pearl pearlescent.
Optional side, roof and bonnet decals are also available in black or silver.
Toyota is also highlighting the badge, mounted just forward of the base of the A-pillars, and depicting four drifting tyres within the number 86, set between two horizontal ‘boxer’ pistons.
Inside the styling includes aluminium pedals and contrasting red stitching around the black leather trimmed steering wheel, gear knob and parking brake.
Black cloth upholstery is standard, with the options list offering either black leather and Alcantara or black leather with red Alcantara and additional red leather styling details on the door grips, steering wheel, gear knob and parking brake. Both of these options also include heaters for the front seats.
However Toyota adds that the cabin also reflects the sporting nature of the car, designed around the driver and with front sports seats as standard. But one of the most notable standard-fits from a performance point of view is the limited slip differential.
Also on the standard-fit list are bi-xenon high intensity discharge headlights, LED daytime running lights, front fog lamps and electric folding door mirrors with housings matched to the car’s body colour.
A Smart Entry system is included as is dual-zone air conditioning. An auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cruise control, hill-start assist, scuff plates are included.
Sounds rely on the Toyota Touch touchscreen control system which controls the six-speaker audio system, with Bluetooth for phone connection and music streaming, and a USB port.
The system can be upgraded to Toyota Touch and Go, with satellite navigation and functions including speed and safety camera warnings, on-board connection to Google Local Search and subscription services providing data such as live parking and fuel price information and local weather forecasts.
Order books for the GT86 are open now, and the first cars should hit UK roads on 1st July.
Words by: Andrew Charman