The Top Gear magazine Car of the Year
My lords, ladies and gentlemen, please be upstanding and raise your glasses to the Toyota GT86
Posted: 17 Jan 2013
The GT86 is a lovely car to drive. The steering is without fault, the ride is sporty without being stupid, the handling is epic, the grip is poor, by which I mean excellent, and there is enough oomph to ensure you aren't last away from the lights.
Inside, you get all the toys you need and none that will only ever be used once, by the salesperson in the showroom, and then never used again. Apart from cruise control.
Likewise, Toyota hasn't bothered with much in the way of hand-stitched leather or carbon-fibre cupholdery. Because if it had, the car would have been £35,000. And that would have put it up against a BMW M135i in a battle it couldn't win and shouldn't be fighting in the first place.
Normally, I would argue that there is no such thing as cheap and cheerful. There is cheap and disgusting or expensive and cheerful. But here is an exception. It is cheaper than a BMW M135i. And it is more cheerful. It's not especially good-looking, and it doesn't make an especially intoxicating noise. And it only seems to be available in quite the most revolting red I've ever seen. But none of this matters once you push the starter button, put some tunes on the stereo, snick it into first and set off.