Sure, it’s designed to be reasonably fast, but it’s more than that. The way Toyota’s engineers have improved its features – the 4.2-inch information display, the track mode, the optimised steering wheel – seems to speak of a good time. In fact, you may well have seen it recently being put through its paces by a few recognisable faces on a very famous airfield test track in Surrey.
That’s not to say the improvements are all style-over-substance. The chassis is stiffer, and the aerodynamics have all been fine-tuned to make the car more responsive, but the visual cues and constant information the GT86 provides go a hell of a long way to making man and machine feel more at one.
4.2-inch Colour TFT Multi-Information Display
Any motor racing on television these days comes with a plethora of real-time graphics, giving you an insight into exactly how the drivers and their machines are optimising every ounce of performance. Similarly, the GT86’s high-grade meter display will give you the science behind that big beam across your face in forensic detail.
Designed for ultimate visibility and ease of use, you can of course access the necessities like instant fuel usage, average speed and journey time, but go beyond that and it’s suddenly driving nirvana for performance geeks everywhere. There’s a G meter with and without peak hold, a torque curve and – for when the temptation to take it to a track day becomes overwhelming – a stopwatch and lap-time leader board, all easily operated using steering wheel-mounted switches.