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Car: Why the GT86 is the spiritual successor to Toyota's first MR2

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Why the GT86 is the spiritual successor to Toyota?s first MR2

By Greg Fountain
18 July 2012 10:56



"I climbed down into the cockpit of Toyota?s GT86 for the first time and thought for a split second I?d gone through the Stargate, emerging in the late 1980s at the wheel of my beloved MkI MR2. It put a smile on my face, I don?t mind telling you.The new car?s cabin is minimalist yet cool, with nicely tactile materials, great sports seats, crisp instruments and a well-placed touchy-feely steering wheel. It doesn?t feel too cheap, yet it?s not blingy or gimmicky.

Driving it massively underlines the timewarp illusion. This is a car mere mortals can really exploit, being both low-powered and agile. You can sling it around without fear, placing it accurately via the chatty steering and urging it through corners, knowing you?ll have to be Ben Barry in a hurry to unstick the driving wheels at the back. And even if you do, the chassis has the right CV to sort you out.

I thought fleetingly about that go-faster giant the BMW M5, a car which is so far out of the range of my capabilities it?s truly scary, and realised that, while BMW has built a machine for super-human autobahn jockeys and people whose address is No.26 The Nordschleife, Toyota has built a car for the likes of me. I can drive the GT86 at maybe seven tenths of its ability; for the M5 it?s closer to a tenth.

The MR2 was exactly like this ? an affordable sports car that made you feel good about yourself. Its modest power made it cheap to insure, cheap to fuel and cheap to service, and its lineage meant it never broke down. It also looked lovely (I had a t-bar in metallic light blue) and so does the GT86. Not sure about the front end, but the rest of the car looks exotic, compact, and delicious on the drive. In the build-up to GT86 there was much hoo-hah about rear-wheel drive, and the clamour obscured the true genius of this car, tricking me into expecting at best a sanitised 21st century Celica. What a cracking surprise. The MkII MR2 wasn?t the true successor to the MkI, but the GT86 surely is."

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awesome. Great article. MY wife and I have decided that we shall purchase one !
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Sounds like he never heard of the MKIII.
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Sounds like he never heard of the MKIII.
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Spiritual? It's an AE86 successor. Unless by spiritual he means ugly, cheap and woefully underpowered.

It's made by Subaru anyway. This is a BRZ first and GT86/FRS second. Seriously. You look under the hood, inside the cabin.. it's Subaru through and through. There's no "Toyota" here at all. Badge engineering does not a Toyota make.

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Sounds like he never heard of the MKIII.
Or maybe he doesn't think that a convertible-only rattletrap car featuring a base model Corolla engine and with no trunk is in any way a spiritual successor to a daily drivable sportscar like the mk.1
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