THE spiritual successor to some lovely, sporty Toyotas of years gone by, the shapely new GT 86 is a classic sports coupé already attracting rave reports from all who have become closely acquainted with it.
This compact and streamlined four-seater draws its power from a 2.0-litre boxer engine produced in a joint venture with Subaru, whose BRZ model is its virtual twin. Both are claimed to be streets ahead of all rivals in the sector, and the Toyota, which reaches UK showrooms on 1st July, will cost from a fiver under £25k, undercutting the Subaru by some distance.
Like such Toyota classics as the Celica, the Supra and the 2000GT, the new GT 86 has been designed as an entirely driver-focused machine – in fact, it seems to have more than a hint of the Mazda MX5 about it, which cannot be bad.
MM verdict: Pure bloodline, great pedigree, good looks, right price – success looks nailed-on.