Looking less pretty than it does in the pictures, and a bit more muscular in the metal and all the better for that, was Toyota’s new GT 86 sports car which made its world debut at the Tokyo motor show.
The GT 86 is built on a new platform, with a very effiicient aerodynamic bodyshell stretched tight over a compact, front-mounted, petrol engine that drives the rear wheels.
The four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine produces 197 bhp at 7,000 rpm and maximum torque of 205 Nm at 6,600 rpm.
It’s quite a compact wee thing too, even though it’s a four seater (well 2+2 if the weans are grown up) measuring 4,240 mm long, 1,285 mm high and 1775 mm wide, with a wheelbase of 2,570 mm.
Both the powertrain and the driving position have been set as low and as far back as possible with the result that the car has a near-perfect 53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution.
Suspension is by MacPherson struts at the front and double wishbones at the rear with ventilated discs all round inside the 17-inch wheels.
Power comes from the joint Toyota and Subaru development programme with Toyota adding its own D-4S injection technology to Subaru’s latest 1,998cc four-cylinder boxer engine and drives through a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission (which also has paddles). And for added fun, there is limited slip differential in the rear axle.
There are no price details as yet.