At Long Last- The Toyota GT-86 Is Here

By | November 28, 2011

That picture above is the product of two years of hype. It’s an accumulation of countless concept reveals and far to many car show debuts. It’s the GT-86, the official production version of Toyota’s long anticipated FT-86 concept and in terms of looks, well… we’re disappointed. Do you remember the first time we saw this car? The original FT-86 concept was simple (by the GT-86′s standards) which made it so appealing and attractive. By contrast, the GT-86 has taken the Lady Gaga approach, adding a bunch of random decorations and lines that scream ‘look at me, I need attention’. That and the front wheel arches are absolutely hideous.

All that said though, what’s underneath the skin should make all the looks stuff very unimportant. Here’s a few specs from the press release:

- 2.0-liter boxer with D4-S injection (direct and port injected)

- 197 hp @ 7,000 rpm and 151 lb-ft (205 Nm) @6,600 rpm

- 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions

- 17-inch wheel/tire package standard

- 4,240mm (167 in.) long, 1285mm (50.6 in.) high, 2,570mm (101 in.) wide

- 53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution

It’s that last one that really gets us excited. Very few cars come that close to such equal weight distribution and the only one that nails it every new generation is the Mazda Miata, only one of the most celebrated and praised sports cars in history. The GT-86 should be one great drive.


2 Comments

AJ Wilcox on November 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm.

Also keep in mind that with a 53:47 weight ratio F-R, the weight shifts from the front under heavy acceleration to give it perfect balance in performance driving situations. That’s part of what makes the GT-R handle so well.

Mojo Motors on November 30, 2011 at 7:18 am.

We had a post about this too (http://goo.gl/o0k8x). The pictures surfacing of the Subaru BRZ in white paint totally top the GT-86. At least we think so.

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