THREE cheers for Toyota, which is persevering with its back-to-basics sports activities automotive at a time when the breed is turning into an endangered species.
This automotive is the alternative for the a lot admired GT86, however goes by the one-letter-different new title of GR 86.
‘GR’, in Toyota-speak, denotes Gazoo Racing, the corporate’s somewhat improbably named racing division.
The GR badge has already appeared on the newest Supra – a collaboration with BMW, which has acquired a somewhat lukewarm reception – and on the rally-car-for-the-road model of the Yaris, which has received euphoric reward.
The GR 86 is as soon as once more a collaboration with Subaru and its BRZ mannequin; it is unclear at this stage if that’s coming our approach.
The headline change for the brand new automotive is a bigger, extra highly effective engine.
It is nonetheless a Subaru-supplied ‘boxer’ unit – all the higher for low centre of gravity and the agile dealing with that’s the automotive’s trademark – however now of two.4 litres’ capability and 232bhp somewhat than the two.0 litres’ and 197bhp discovered within the GT86.
There are nonetheless no turbochargers in sight. Weight is a comparatively svelte 1,270kg – aluminium is used within the roof and physique panels – and the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive format is set-up to ship agile dealing with.
Collectively, it means the GR 86 is a really ‘pure’ automotive, maybe one of many final, with a give attention to driver really feel and interactive enjoyable somewhat than blunt energy and straightforward pace.
It’s prone to go on sale within the UK market by the tip of the 12 months, most likely with a price ticket of round £30k.