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Toyota GT86 COUPE SPECIAL EDITION 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr

Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr
Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr
Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr
Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr
Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr
Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr
Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr
Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr
Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr
Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr
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Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr
Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr
Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr
Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr
Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr
Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr
Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr
Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr
Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr
Toyota GT86 2.0 D-4S Blue Edition 2dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG32.80
  • 0-62mph7.6 secs
  • Top Speed140 mph
  • C02196 g/km
  • BHP200
  • Torque151 lbs/f
  • P11D37%

Review

If you thought involving affordable sportscars belonged back in history, then you'll find Toyota's GT86 a welcome breath of fresh air. Developed and desired by enthusiasts, it remains a benchmark in the compact coupe sector, a masterclass in driving dynamics. These days, it's even better.

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Toyota's engaging GT86 coupe continues to charm us. As before, this remains a simple, rear-wheel drive package designed to give the person behind the wheel a good time. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Background

The GT86 formula is simply classic: a snarly, high-revving four-cylinder engine in the nose, rear-wheel-drive, 2+2 seating, a swoopy body, a stubby gearlever and a cosy cabin with low-slung sports seats. Subaru's version of this design, the BRZ, is mechanically identical but looks a little different, plus there is a third version for the American market called the Scion FR-S which has been subtly altered again. Common to all the variants however, is a 197bhp, 151lb ft flat four engine that uses a Subaru block and Toyota-designed cylinder heads that's been designed to spin to 7000rpm and direct its output to the road via a six-speed manual gearbox - though auto transmission is an option. So it's Old School with a modern execution - and has remained so with the various improvements that Toyota has made over the years.

Driving Experience

This is pretty much the same car that Toyota launched back in 2012, but updates since then have included revised suspension that improves corner turn-in and a selectable 'track' mode that lets the driver tap into the GT86's full potential by adjusting the level of stability and traction control, including a 'fully off' option. Under the skin, the body structure is a little stiffer than it once was, and the Showa shock absorbers have been retuned in recent years for better handling and ride comfort. Plus there's a range of more focused 'Club Series' models - which is what we tried. The 2.0-litre Boxer engine beneath the bonnet remains, as does the relatively light 1,180 kg kerb weight which might lead you to expect the GT86 to make rather more of its 197bhp and 151lb of torque than the estimated headline performance stats of 140mph and 0-62mph in 7.6s suggest. But this car isn't just about raw power. Its lean kerb weight plays just as big a role in the way it handles and rides. A limited slip differential is also fitted as standard, reaffirming GT86's essential 'driver's car' character. And, in this respect, all the ingredients look especially promising: quick steering and relatively low-grip tyres ensure that outright traction never overwhelms the desire to play the angles, should the driver so wish. Back-to-basics fun was always at the heart of the brief for this car. Disappointments? A short-throw gearchange that's a tad notchy and a six-speed auto option that, while smooth, lacks the snappy alacrity of the best double-clutchers. But that's about it.

Design and Build

This remains a very good looking car indeed. Little touches help; the stylised 'teeth' along the bottom edge of the lower grille, the piercing LED headlamps, the smart, deep rear bumper design, the aero-stabilising side fins. If the styling still isn't daring enough for you, then optional side, roof and bonnet decals are available in black or silver to add an extra dimension to GT86's sporting appearance. You can order your car with or without a rear spoiler. And there are more eye-catching 'Blue Edition' 'Club Series' models available for those wanting to rediscover their inner track hero. Inside, the driving environment should certainly help get you in the mood, with its low-slung bucket seats and driver-centric control layout, not to mention the drilled pedals and footrest. You'll like the grippy three-spoke steering wheel, the smallest yet deigned for a production Toyota (diameter 362mm). A 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display is included in the instrument binnacle's triple-dial arrangement, with a switchable menu that provides performance-focused data, such as power and torque curves, stopwatch and a G-force monitor. As before, there are usable rear seats and a reasonably-sized 243-litre boot.

Market and Model

There's now no stripped-out entry-level variant, so prices start up at around £28,000 for the standard model - or you can find another £1,150 more to get the plusher 'Pro' version with its leather/alcantara heated seats, rear spoiler and sporting suede-effect finish for the dashboard and door trims. Pro trim offers the £1,800 option of paddleshift automatic transmission. And even the standard GT86 is well-equipped, featuring 10-spoke 17-inch alloys with a machined finish, adaptive LED headlights, cruise control, powered heated door mirrors with a folding function, aluminium sport pedals, high-performance brake discs and pads, hill start assist and smart entry with push-button start. If you've a £30,000 baudget, there's also a 'Club Series Blue Edition' model, available in standard or 'Performance' guises, with or without auto transmission. All GT86 models feature the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with Bluetooth, 6.1-inch touchscreen and a DAB tuner. As an option, the system can be upgraded to Toyota Touch 2 with Go, adding satellite navigation, connectivity giving access to on-line services and social media channels, and three years' inclusive map updates. Active safety provisions include a switchable VSC stability control system, which can be adjusted through three driving modes to suit driver preference, and a torque-sensing limited slip differential. Seven airbags are provided, including a driver's knee airbag.

Cost of Ownership

You might be tempted by this car and then wonder if the GT86 is going to cost an arm and a leg in depreciation compared to something with a premium badge, say an Audi TT Coupe. A car with four rings on its bonnet has to be a safer home for your money right? Wrong, as it happens. Buy an entry-level TT and it'll be worth 49 per cent of its new price three years down the road. BMW's 220i Coupe? That retains around 43 per cent. The GT86? Try 58 per cent for size. And the news keeps on getting better when you come to examine day-to-day running costs. The GT86 is reasonably economical. Yes, we know that the published figures are usually a bit of a farce that you'll never get near, but Toyota quotes 33.2mpg on the WLTP combined cycle for the manual (or 32.8mpg for the auto) and every person we know who's run one has reported averages of over 30mpg. Emissions aren't quite so clever at 191g/km (NEDC) for the manual car (or 193g/km for the auto). Finally, all this is backed up by Toyota's excellent aftermarket care package that includes a five year 100,000 mile warranty. What's not to like?

Summary

Could this car be any better? Of course, it could be faster, grippier, quieter and of better quality inside. But personally, we wouldn't really want it to be. All of those things would dilute the very qualities that make this GT86 what it is. Sportscars always used to be this way, light, low powered and modestly rubbered. We had fun in them then and we can have fun in this one now. The chassis is excellent, the controls are brilliant, the driving position nigh-on perfect and the engine, if not aurally exciting, is revvy and fun. So, what we have here is something to savour; one of those rare machines that involves you so much that you don't need to be travelling at three figure speeds to have fantastic fun. Factor in the affordable running costs and high residuals and this becomes a very tempting proposition indeed, especially in this current guise. In years to come, it'll be a landmark car for Toyota. Get one and you won't regret it.

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Driver Convenience
Bluetooth system
Cruise control
PAS
Push button starter
Trip computer
Entertainment
6 speakers
Aux-in socket
DAB Digital radio
MP3 compatible radio/single CD player
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Touch screen audio system
USB connection
Exterior Features
Black door mirrors
Body colour door handles
Body coloured bumpers
Dual chrome tipped exhausts
Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
Electric front windows
Follow me home headlights
Front fog lamps
Front/rear mudflaps
Gloss black spoiler
Headlight washers
LED daytime running lights
LED headlamps with dusk sensors
Metallic paint
Scuff plates
Side skirts
Interior Features
12V socket
Aluminium foot rest
Aluminium sports pedals
Bench folding rear seat
Chrome inner door handles
Dual zone automatic air conditioning
Front and rear head restraints
Front floor mats
Front leather armrest
Heated front seats
Height adjustable driver's seat
Isofix rear child seat preparation
Leather gearknob
Leather parking brake handle
Leather steering wheel
Leather/Alcantara upholstery
Tilt/telescopic adjust steering wheel
Safety
ABS + EBD + EBA
Curtain airbags
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Driver/front passenger side airbags
Drivers knee airbag
Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
Hill start assist
Passenger airbag cut-off device
Traction control
Tyre pressure monitoring system
WIL whiplash protection front seats
Security
Alarm/immobiliser
Keyless entry
Smart entry + Smart start
Technical
Limited slip differential
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
Trim
Suede dashboard trim
Suede door trim
Wheels
17" Anthracite alloy wheels
Space saver spare wheel
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.291
CO2 (g/km) 196
HC 0.041
NOx 0.011
Particles 0.0004
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 191
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High 185
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High 162
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low 286
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium 183
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1998
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Cylinder Layout FLAT 4
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 86
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 86
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 32.8
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 42.8
EC Urban (mpg) 23.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 8.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 8.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 12.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 8.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb 33.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 34.5
WLTP - MPG - High 39.2
WLTP - MPG - Low 22.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium 34.9
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 200
Based On ID 76805
Coin Description D-4S
Coin Series Blue Edition
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 35A
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition Yes
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 100000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 5
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 7.6
Engine Power - BHP 200
Engine Power - KW 147
Engine Power - RPM 7000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 151
Engine Torque - MKG 20.9
Engine Torque - NM 205
Engine Torque - RPM 6400
Top Speed 140
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 215/45 R17
Tyre Size Rear 215/45 R17
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1320
Length 4240
Wheelbase 2570
Width 1775
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 50
Gross Vehicle Weight 1670
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 237
Max. Loading Weight 400
Minimum Kerbweight 1270
No. of Seats 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.8

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 5,000 miles p/a £408.77 p/m £7.59 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £421.63 p/m £13.67 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £430.19 p/m £17.72 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £450.22 p/m £33.62 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £469.57 p/m £46.62 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £486.84 p/m £61.49 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £503.41 p/m £89.52 p/m
36 months 5,000 miles p/a £307.44 p/m £8.93 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £320.68 p/m £17.59 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £329.52 p/m £23.37 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £350.64 p/m £37.15 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £370.31 p/m £63.24 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £385.67 p/m £78.47 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £401.03 p/m £105.44 p/m
48 months 5,000 miles p/a £284.16 p/m £15.81 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £295.75 p/m £21.63 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £303.47 p/m £25.51 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £321.32 p/m £49.53 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £338.44 p/m £72.91 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £349.74 p/m £89.92 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £364.31 p/m £111.23 p/m
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Rear park assist £299.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Electric blue FOC
Trim
Alcantara/leather - Black with silver stitching FOC
* option prices shown are estimated