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In US, the car is expected to be called the FT-86. In Japan, however, the car
will simply be called 86.
The 2012 Toyota GT 86 has been conceived as an entirely driver-focused machine,
designed to deliver the core qualities of the classic sports car experience.
That means precise, instant response to the smallest throttle and steering
inputs and the kind of performance that appeals to those for whom driving is a
passion, not a necessity.
The 2012 Toyota GT 86 is built on a new platform, with a highly aerodynamic
bodyshell stretched tight over the car's mechanical elements. Rather than
fitting a heavy, large capacity powertrain, Toyota has opted instead to go back
to its sporting roots, installing a compact, front-mounted, free-revving petrol
engine that drives the rear wheels.
This four-cylinder "boxer" unit generates 197 hp at 7,000 rpm and maximum torque
of 155 lb-ft (205 Nm) at 6,600 rpm, giving the GT 86 brisk, engaging
The powertrain is matched to the world's most compact four-seat design to create
a car that benefits from light weight, low inertia and a low center of gravity
to achieve the best possible power-to-weight ratio. For the driver that means
lively, accessible performance and dynamic character with minimal intrusion from
2012 Toyota GT 86's Exterior Design
The design of the 2012 Toyota GT 86 successfully works within the technical
constraints of achieving the most compact dimensions possible, a low center of
gravity and aerodynamic performance inspired by motorsport technology, while
also displaying evocative, sweeping styling that recalls Toyota's sports car
Toyota's new design language informs the styling, as in the way attention is
focused on the lower part of the car with the large lower grille. Elsewhere the
"keen" approach can be witnessed in the clear, expressive lines.
The lower grille's "scorpion" look gives the 2012 Toyota GT 86 a more powerful
appearance, with further sporting details including the model-specific 17-inch
alloy wheels, rear spoiler, twin exhausts and the "86" piston logo that denotes
the car's special powertrain configuration.
Toyota GT 86 (Euro-spec): Review (2/2)