With just three months to go before Toyota’s GT86 officially takes to Britain’s roads, we can reveal more details about the sports car’s UK specification and price.
Motoring journalists and racing car drivers have been giving the car rave reviews, thanks to its brilliant handling and performance. And, as we announced here, great performance does not come with a sky high price tag: the range starts at £24,995 for the manual version, with the automatic at £26,495.
There is just one equipment grade and orders are being taken now, with deliveries from 1 July. Options prices are listed below:
With a front-mounted 2.0-litre “boxer” engine and rear wheel drive, the light, low and nimble GT86 has a classic sports car set-up. The styling and specification reflect its driver-focused character: exterior features include a rear spoiler, 17-inch light alloy wheels, chrome-finished dual exhaust tailpipes and a signature “T”-mesh grille. That T motif is repeated in the shape of the rear foglight, set centrally between the tailpipes.
A limited slip differential also fitted as standard, reaffirming GT86’s essential “driver’s car” character. The six-speed automatic transmission available for GT86 includes paddle shifts to give the driver the option of making manual gear changes.
Other features include bi-xenon high intensity discharge headlights, LED daytime running lights, front fog lamps and electric folding door mirrors with housings matched to the car’s body colour. Seven exterior colours are available: dark red, silver metallic, black metallic, blue metallic, dark grey metallic, orange metallic and pearlescent white.
Optional side, roof and bonnet decals are available in black or silver to add an extra dimension to GT86’s sporting appearance.
The GT86 badge is a small but attractive detail just forward of the base of the A-pillars, depicting four drifting tyres within the number 86, set between two horizontal “boxer” pistons.
The 2+2 cabin further emphasises the essential character of the GT86, with a cockpit designed around the driver, front sports seats, aluminium pedals and contrasting red stitching around the black leather trimmed steering wheel, gear knob and parking brake.
Black cloth upholstery is standard, but customers have the option of black leather and Alcantara, or black leather with red Alcantara and additional red leather styling details on the door grips, steering wheel, gear knob and parking brake. Both of these options also include heaters for the front seats.
Access is easy thanks to the Smart Entry system, and the cabin environment can be programmed for comfort with dual-zone air conditioning. The high quality extends to an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cruise control, hill-start assist, scuff plates and the Toyota Touch touchscreen control system for controlling the six-speaker audio system, with Bluetooth for phone connection and music streaming, and a USB port.
As an option, the system can be upgraded to Toyota Touch and Go, with satellite navigation and advanced functions such as speed and safety camera warnings, on-board connection to Google Local Search and (via subscription) connected services providing data such as live parking and fuel price information and local weather forecasts.
Active safety provisions include a switchable VSC stability control system, which can be adjusted through three driving modes to suit driver preference, and a torque-sensing limited slip differential. Seven airbags are provided, including a driver’s knee airbag.
To catch up with the rest of the GT86 news, including exclusive video interviews with Toyota chief designer engineer Dezi Nagaya, click here.
For more images of this stunning new Toyota sports car, visit our online photo gallery.
Update 02/04/12: the official GT86 page on the Toyota website has been updated and now includes fuel economy and emission details – full information here: www.toyota.co.uk/GT86.