Chris Harris has just filed a review on the Toyota 86 over at PistonHeads. There was no promise of an extensive drive, just a thrash around the flat Jarama track in Spain. But the hype around the car meant a few laps was still worth the trip.
Here’s a few snippets and we recommend you take the time to follow the link below and read the full article:
â€¦when you ask Tada-san, the engineering boss in charge of the project the usual, turgid, Nurburgring lap-time question, he just shrugs and smiles. He doesn’t care: “This doesn’t matter.”
In the scheme of a mass-market, rear-driven coupe which panders to the lusts of people like us, it seems like a frivolous observation, but to me it is a powerful metaphor for the direction in which this new product takes fun motoring: the GT 86 is about driving and the driver; not about numbers and performance.
It’s in the faster turns that the GT 86’s chassis balance brings the first big grinsâ€¦ Turn in and the nose pushes just a fraction wide, but it really is a tiny shift because you then feel the weight move back through the bodyshellâ€¦ Not in some gratuitous drift, but that youâ€”the driverâ€”have as much control over the positioning of the car with your right foot as with the steering wheel.
Sounds very promising.