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Mike Stevens | Nov 27, 2011

TOYOTA GT 86

Toyota's hotly anticipated rear-wheel-drive sports car is here at last, revealed today in the form of the GT 86. The car's unveiling follows nearly three years of "will they or won't they" rumours, four FT-86 showcar concepts and a flood of leaked details.

Unveiled online ahead of its Tokyo Motor Show debut next week, the arrival of the GT 86 also puts to rest the question of the car's final name, with FT 86, FR-S and even Celica all figuring in the rumour mill.

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda described the GT 86 - which will be sold simply as the '86' in Japan - as the embodiment of "waku doki, a car that creates excitement and gets your heart racing."

Developed in partnership with Subaru - which is expected to reveal its own "BRZ" version of the car in the coming days - the GT 86 is powered by Subaru's naturally-aspirated 2.0 litre boxer engine, benefiting from the addition of Toyota's D4-S direct injection technology.

As revealed recently in a run of leaked brochure pages, the boxer engine delivers 147kW at 7000rpm (redline at 7500rpm) and 205Nm of torque at 6600rpm, and Toyota promises a Cayman-rivalling low centre of gravity.

The 86's combination of a horizontally-opposed engine and a rear-wheel-drive configuration is a one-of-a-kind package in the current global market.

Power is sent to the rear wheels through a limited-slip differential and one of two transmissions: a six-speed manual or a six-speed auto with paddle shifters.

Suspension is MacPherson struts at the front end, with a multi-link arrangement out back.

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In top-spec trim, there are ventilated disc brakes front and rear, while the base model makes do with ventilated discs at the front and solid discs at the rear.

Toyota hasn't revealed any performance figures yet, but with a kerb weight of just 1180kg, the GT 86 should be good for a 0-100km/h time in the low to mid sixes.

Fuel consumption is expected to figure at around 7.7 l/100km for the manual and 8.0 l/100km, although local numbers may differ.

 

Specifications

Length

4,240 mm

Width

1,775 mm

Height

1,300 mm

Wheelbase

2,570 mm

Track

Front

1,520 mm

Rear

1,540 mm

Seating capacity

4

Engine

Total displacement

1,998 cc

Type

Horizontally opposed four-cylinder, direct-injection DOHC

Bore × stroke

86 × 86

Maximum output

147kW / 7,000rpm

Maximum torque

205Nm / 6,600rpm

Transmission

6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic

Driveline

Rear-wheel drive

Suspension

Front

Struts

Rear

Double wishbone

Brakes

Front

V disk

Rear

V disk

Tyires

Front

215/40R18

Rear

225/40R18

Fuel tank

50 litres

 

Australia

Toyota Australia has confirmed a 2012 local debut for the GT 86 (will it keep that name here?), but firm details are still to be revealed.

Watch this space for more.

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