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.
The 2012 Geneva Motor Show is where Toyota’s highly anticipated GT86 2x2 compact sports car debuts in Europe.
Available across Europe from summer 2012, the GT86 is fully focused on the driver, embodying absolute driving joy with exact, instant responses to the tiniest control inputs. This is a car for driving passion, not merely for necessary driving.
The bodyshell is low and highly aerodynamic, stretched taut across the engineering hard points, so that the new GT86’s platform is completely new. Returning to Toyota’s sporty heritage, the GT86’s performance moved away from heavier, larger displacement powertrains and embraced the first combination of rear-wheel drive and a compact, free-revving, front-mounted, and horizontally opposed 'boxer' gas engine.
This singular powertrain complements the most compact four-seat design, along with low weight, inertia, and centre of gravity, for possibly the best power-to-weight ratio. This gives the GT 86 an active, open performance that has very appealing, easily useable dynamism with little electronic interference for maximal driving enjoyment.
A passionate engineering team focused on a distinctly traditional sports car ride, designing and fine-tuning to gratify the most discriminating aficionado. The GT86 embodies the Toyota sports car spirit, rewarding the drivers’ intense involvement.
Paying tribute to the Corolla Levin AE86’s amazing drivability and its exceptional connection with owners, buffs, and mechanics, the number 86 plays a further, major role in developing Toyota's new sports car.