Order books for the Toyota GT86 now opened in UK

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 2, 2012

The order books for the Toyota GT86 – the much awaited front-engined, rear-drive coupé – have been opened. The pricing information and the equipments specs have also been announced. There will be two versions available for the Toyota GT86: a six-speed manual that’s priced at £24,995 and a six-speed automatic that’s priced at £26,495.

During the launch, only one equipment grade will be offered. It comes with a limited-slip differential, dual-zone climate control, sports seats, bi-xenon headlights and 17-inch alloys. The exterior features include a rear spoiler, 17-inch light alloys, chrome-finished dual exhaust tailpipes and a ‘T’-mesh grille. This T motif is duplicated in the form of the rear foglight, with a central location between the tailpipes.

The interior gets a smart entry system, dual-zone aircon, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cruise control, hill-start assist, scuff plates and touchscreen control system to control the six-speaker audio system, with Bluetooth for phone connection and music streaming, and a USB port.

The GT86 is equipped with a stability control system that may be adjusted with three driving modes. Paddle shifts are used on the six-speed automatic transmission so that the driver can choose to make manual gear changes.

Toyota offers seven exterior colors, including: dark red, silver metallic, black metallic, blue metallic, dark red metallic, orange metallic and pearl pearlescent. Offered as an option are the side, roof and bonnet decals that come in black or silver. Black cloth upholstery is available as standard.

Among the options are: black leather and Alcantara upholstery with heated front seats with a price tag of £1600; black leather and red Alcantara upholstery with red leather styling details and heated front seats with price tag of £1600; Toyota Touch and Go system £750; side decals £180; roof and bonnet decals priced at £200; side, roof and bonnet decals at £380. Deliveries are slated to begin on July 1.

The eagerly awaited Toyota GT 86 made its debut in the European market at the Geneva Motor Show in 2012. This compact 2+2 sports car is a totally driver-oriented vehicle and gives form to the intrinsic and pure joy of driving through instantaneous and precise response to the smallest of throttles or to steering inputs.

The new GT 86, which showcases a low and highly aerodynamic bodyshell that is stretched tight over engineering hard points, is based on a totally new platform. After scrapping a large displacement powertrain, the car returns to the brand’s sporting roots with a combination of a rear-wheel drive and a front-mounted, free-revving, horizontally opposed, and compact 'boxer' petrol engine.

This one-of-a-kind powertrain format also comes alongside the most compact four-seat design in the world as well as low inertia, light weight, and lowered center of gravity in order to have the best power-to-weight ratio possible. These qualities give the GT 86 a lively and accessible performance, maximum driving pleasure, as well as readily exploitable and highly engaging dynamic abilities with as little electronic intrusion as necessary.

Moreover, the GT 86 has been conceived to specifically focus on a pure classic sports car experience, as well as designed by a team of passionate engineers, fine-tuned to meet the expectations of the most discerning car enthusiast, and honed through competition. Additionally, the car inherits the former Toyota sports cars’ spirit to reward drivers with a pure driving involvement.

While the GT 86 pays homage to the exciting drivability of the Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 as well as its unique relationship with its owners, tuning shops, and enthusiasts, the number 86 plays a significant role throughout the development of the company’s new sports car.

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