When Lamborghini builds a car, it makes it extra wide and gifts it with four very fat pieces of rubber so that it sticks to the road at monumental speeds. When Toyota built the GT 86, the company did the exact opposite.
It fitted the car with relatively skinny tires and din’t lower it to a point that would drive its drive crazy on less than perfect roads, even though its center of gravity was brought as close to the road as possible.
Toyota did all this to make sure that the GT 86 is a machine that offers pure driving pleasure (please excuse the cliché, but this is true), but don’t think that Lambo and other supercar producers are the only ones that cheat when they build their vehicles, compromising usability for stability. For the sake of comparison, before we move on to talk about the GT 86, we'll give you one example of a car that's not cheating: the Pagani Huayra, which also uses all-round active aerodynamics to stay on the road at high speeds.
The Japanese automaker cheated too, as it used very little soundproofing, in order to both allow the driver to feel everything that’s going on and keep the weight down.
Don’t get us wrong, it’s not like you’re in a racecar and you hear the gearing working as you accelerate, but you do feel the LSD at play as you engage first gear and the fact that the wheel wells are made of paper-thin material means that you’ll feel everything that’s going on under the car.
However, neither the suspension, nor the seats, use extremely hard setup and even though the latter could be a tad softer and a bit wider, you can use the car everyday or for long trips (we must also thank the ground clearance of 5.1 inches OR 130 mm for this), but you do have to be open to compromises. Continue reading