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
Look, I’m getting fed up with this. Yes, turbos are great for power and can be economical, but they’re not automatically better. A naturally aspirated engine has nowhere to hide; it doesn’t have mid-range torque as a fallback position. In the Focus, I rarely found myself using the whole rev range. No need.
But in the Swift and GT86 (to paraphrase Monty Python), every rev is sacred. It matters where the rev-counter needle is pointing and, ideally, it wants to be a long way from the idle position. You have to make them sing – they don’t give of themselves readily.