You can’t drive a car like the GT 86 and not see its mechanical goodies as the most important features, so we’ll have to ask you to forgive us for focusing on items such as the torque-sensitive limited slip differential (Torsen LSD), the six-speed manual with a short-throw shifter and the handbrake lever, which is extremely handy and bites the rear axle like a Cobra (no pun intended).
Moving past these racer obsessions, we’ll tell you that the GT 86 comes with a nice standard specification, which includes features like HID headlights with special LED daytime running lights, keyless entry and engine start system (we have to mention that the steering column still features the hole for the key, which is now covered in rubber, while the start button is placed on the center console).
In addition to that, you also get a light sensor, a dual-zone climate control system, heated front seats, a touchscreen infotainment system, which, as with many Japanese cars, is mediocre, Bluetooth and USD connectivity, cruise control, heights and depth adjustable steering wheel, a leather finish for the steering wheel and handbrake lever, power windows, as well as an upholstery that mixes leather with Alcantara.
The last feature manages to create quite a nice grip, holding you inside your seat during hooning sessions. It perfectly suits the character of the car, although we expect the large Alcantara surfaces won’t age well.
Our test was also gifted with the very few optional extras available, meaning the Toyota Touch & Go navigation module and the metallic paint, in this case Orange.Continue reading