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Toyota’s 86 sportster range drops to one model

  • Hotshot coupe gets motorsport tweaks
  • Bigger brakes from House of Brembo
  • New touchscreen; performance shocks
2018 TOYOTA GT86. Testing times on Gauteng's Gerotek high-speed oval. Image: Toyota SA
2018 TOYOTA GT86. Testing times on Gauteng’s Gerotek high-speed oval. Image: Toyota SA

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – It was conceptualised as a driver’s car from the onset but believes its Toyota 86 is still singular in its combination of handling prowess, driver-focused dynamics and analogue drive feel.

However, the the 86’s dynamic competencies have been enhanced with the inclusion of motorsport-inspired tweaks.

A Brembo brake package has increased the 86’s already impressive stopping power and endurance with 326mmx30mm rotors/callipers at the front and 316x20mm at the rear (they were 294mmx24mm and 290mmx18mm for the standard ‘high-grade’ model).

2018 TOYOTA GT86. Testing times on Gauteng's Gerotek high-speed oval. Image: Toyota SA
2018 TOYOTA GT86. Testing times on Gauteng’s Gerotek high-speed oval. Image: Toyota SA

In conjunction with the larger brake rotors, the callipers’ swept area increases by 38% and six percent for the front/rear respectively.

VISUAL CHANGES

Sachs performance shock-absorbers, Toyota says, will boost handling stability and responsiveness, and an all-coil suspension consists of MacPherson struts at the front and double wishbones at the rear, both with a stabiliser bar.

Visual changes involve a black treatment to the rear spoiler and power-folding external mirrors and new black 17” alloy wheel rims.

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Colour options are white, silver metallic, grey metallic, red, and blue (black metallic discontinued). A ”bright blue” shade has been added.

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Standard spec includes all-diode lighting (head-, tail-, and foul-weather lights), keyless entry, dual-zone aircon, seat heating, Alcantara trim on doors and seats and a multi-information display with digital gauges.

2018 TOYOTA GT86. Testing times on Gauteng's Gerotek high-speed oval. Image: Toyota SA
2018 TOYOTA GT86. Testing times on Gauteng’s Gerotek high-speed oval. Image: Toyota SA

There’s a new touchscreen infotainment system using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto Show Plus which can mirror apps to smartphones and stream music and satnav. The system also offers Bluetooth telephony and a USB socket.

SIX-SPEED TRANSMISSION

Power still comes from a two-litre Subaru D-4S Boxer engine delivering 147kW at 7000rpm and 205Nm from 6400-6600rpm and spinning a six-speed close-ratio transmission to a limited-slip differential.

Only a ‘High’-grade derivative based on the six-speed manual spec will now be available (the former auto being discontinued).

Toyota says the detail now includes a GT86 badge and change of nomenclature to ‘GT86’.

2018 TOYOTA GT86. Testing times on Gauteng's Gerotek high-speed oval. Image: Toyota SA
2018 TOYOTA GT86. Testing times on Gauteng’s Gerotek high-speed oval. Image: Toyota SA

PRICE

Toyota GT86 – R575 700

WARRANTY AND SERVICE REGIME

The GT86 will be delivered with a four-year or 60 000km service plan and three-year or 100 000km warranty. Upgrades are available – ask your dealer for details.

 

2018 TOYOTA GT86. Testing times on Gauteng's Gerotek high-speed oval. Image: Toyota SA
2018 TOYOTA GT86. Testing times on Gauteng’s Gerotek high-speed oval. Image: Toyota SA
2018 TOYOTA GT86. Testing times on Gauteng's Gerotek high-speed oval. Image: Toyota SA
2018 TOYOTA GT86. Testing times on Gauteng’s Gerotek high-speed oval. Image: Toyota SA
2018 TOYOTA GT86. Testing times on Gauteng's Gerotek high-speed oval. Image: Toyota SA
2018 TOYOTA GT86. Testing times on Gauteng’s Gerotek high-speed oval. Image: Toyota SA

 

 

 

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