Toyota GT86 meets the rivals
Welcome to part one of Top Gear Speed Week - can Toyota's new coupe live up to the hype?
Posted: 24 Aug 2012
Let’s knuckle down to business. Focus ST vs Astra VXR. Vs GT86. And a Swift Sport. It appears we have some proper tangle-ups to sort out here, so best not dilly-dally. We’re searching out a real-world hero. All four are currently lurking in the large, dark shed that, once full of people and noise, doubles as the TG studio. The Astra is parked in the spot normally reserved for the Cool Wall. Which begs the question...
Is it actually cool? It’s certainly good-looking – far more so than the Focus, which appears a bit bug-like in comparison, its grille a fraction too prominent. So, the VXR’s handsome and well-proportioned, but it perhaps tries a bit too hard to look its best. Still, better that than the anodyne lines of the GT86. Honestly, how has Toyota managed to make a coupe look this plain? The Swift has just as much road presence, for heaven’s sake – principally due to its comically oversized headlights.