TG Speed Week: the Scotland Showdown
We’ve got two days in Scotland to reach a definitive verdict on our favourite performance car. Time to loch and load...
Posted: 31 Aug 2012
SP: So it's the multitaskers that struggle?
OM: Indeed. The jacks of all trades. We want them to be practical and habitable 24/7, and it's difficult to square that with real driver thrills.
SP: For driver thrills, may I present to you the GT86? This is my sort of performance car. Good steering, nice crisp gearchange, revvy engine. You - by which I mean I - can find its limits, slide it around, without fear of being inadvertently deposited in a loch and devoured by otters.
OM: Technically, it does suffer a few issues. The ride isn't as supple as it should be, there's vibration through the gearlever and it all feels a bit unsophisticated.
SP: It's old-school, yes. But do not try to pretend that you didn't totally adore it.
OM: I love how lightly it treads. The BMW is a blunderbuss, the McLaren is too focused on speed, and even the Porsche feels a bit heavy-handed in comparison. The Toyota is dainty and maximises the benefits of its lay-out and low centre of gravity. It's a car that asks why you need to go round a corner at a zillion miles an hour. You don't. Even pottering around, it's different and interesting: the steering is unfashionably weighty, the rear end heavily sprung. Though the boxer engine lacks torque, it's no hardship to cane the bejesus out of it.