Toyota GT86 creators honoured with three awards

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 2, 2012

At the 2012 Vehicle Dynamics International Awards, the 2012 VDI Car of the Year Award was jointly given to Toyota’s new GT86 sports coupe and the Subaru BRZ. The expert judges composed of specialist engineers, technologists and journalists from around the world have said that this model recaptured the classic sports car experience.

In addition, Chief engineer Tetsuya Tada was named Dynamicist of the Year, together with Toshio Masuda, his Subaru counterpart on the project. Toyota also got the award for Dynamics Team of the Year, which recognizes how committed Toyota is to making cars that are “more rewarding to drive” under the leadership of its president Akio Toyoda.

Arriving this summer in the UK is the GT86 -- a standard bearer for a revival of Toyota's sports car heritage. It comes with a classic front-engine/rear-wheel drive configuration. It is also powered by a compact, lightweight, free-revving 2.0-litre "boxer" petrol engine. Driving is very enjoyable as the driver would love its low centre of gravity, low inertia and overall light weight.

Graham Heeps, Vehicle Dynamics International magazine's Editor, said that this approach helped GT86 earn the Car of the Year status. He explained that amid increasing power outputs and the increasing complication in the drivetrain, suspension and steering, the cars that have the advantage are those from major manufacturers that adapt a subtle approach.

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