Toyota keen to attract new partners

Article by Christian A., on June 5, 2012

It’s not a secret anymore that the Toyota/Subaru GT-86/BRZ was well received by the public, right? It appears that this partnership opened Toyota’s eyes to the benefits of collaborating with other car manufacturers. These words came from Tetsuya Tada, Toyota’s GT86 development chief, according to Autocar.

For those who don’t know, this isn’t Toyota’s first partnership as the Japanese manufacturer also worked with PSA Peugeot-Citroë on the Aygo/107/C1.

Now that PSA entered a partnership with GM, Toyota also wants a new partner. Tetsuya Tada said that the Japanese firm wants to attract fresh partners if it believes that it can jointly produce something exceptional. Still, Toyota is currently working on a convertible version of the GT86 with Subaru.

Those who get the chance to be part of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show are likely to be pleased with the news that it will be at this event that the GT 86 from Toyota will be making its official debut in Europe. This 2+2 compact sports car was created with the goal of being able to offer the purest of experiences one can have when driving classic sports cars.

The actual design was thanks to a passionate team composed of engineers who made sure that this new model would be refined through competition and fine-tuned in order to please even the most discriminating fan. There is no doubt that the GT 86 continues to showcase the spirit of the brand’s former sports cars in order to reward the drivers with a pure driving experience.

Indeed, it is safe to say that this latest offering from Toyota is a driver-oriented. This model is able to offer the purest form of enjoyment when it comes to driving, especially for those who believe that driving is not simply a necessity but more of a passion. Helping achieve this is the immediate response the car offers even under the smallest of steering or throttle inputs.

In creating the GT 86, Toyota utilized a new architecture wherein the low yet aerodynamic bodyshell was placed above the engineering hard points. Thus instead of the use large displacement powertrain to ensure performance, this model instead goes back to the sporting roots of the brand. Thus it so far the only vehicle to have a rear-wheel drive and the free-revving horizontally-opposed front-mounted compact boxer petrol engine.

By having this highly unique powertrain plus the use of a compact four-seat design along with a lower center of gravity, low inertia and light weight, the new GT 86 gets the best power-to-weight ratio. All of these different qualities mean that the GT 86 is extremely engaging with performance being lively and easily accessible.

It is also easy to access the dynamic abilities while making sure that electronic intrusion is minimized and driving pleasure is maximized. The GT 86 will be on sale across Europe starting in the summer of 2012.

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