Sports cars generally lack the diplomatic touch needed to cope with city life, as their clutch, ride height, visibility and fuel efficiency defies the requirements of urban transportation. However, there are also exceptions to this rule and the GT 86 is definitely one of them.
First of all, despite the low profile of the car, you don't have to work at the circus to be able to climb in and out of the vehicle. Once you're in and you get going, the clutch does require a bit of getting used to, but isn't that kind of difficult tech feature which trades usability for the ability to handle high torque loads, so you won't stall the engine at the traffic lights.
The overall visibility is better than you'd expect, even though it's not perfect. OK, it's not as if you take a supermodel home and she makes you a 10-course breakfast next morning, but she can cook in a satisfying manner.
The natural aspiration of the engine and the well-balanced ratios of the gearbox (read: not as short as in a hot hatch) mean that you can enjoy playing with the GT 86 also while in the city.
This is a crucial asset for a car that's supposed to serve as a pleasure button, as the GT 86 manages to achieve what cars with many times its price don't. You have to push the high-revving 2.0-liter boxer unit hard to get performance, which means that you don't jump past the speed limit in the first moment you touch the gas pedal, so you'll be able to play with the car while inside the city too.
And the Subaru-built, Toyota-tweaked (we'll talk more about this in the "Tech Facts"
chapter) engine has another asset that really helps in the city: it's pretty frugal. During our test drive, it required 9.7 liters of petrol to take us through 100 km of urban roads, with this value being recorded using a mid-level driving style.
The fact that the engineers worked hard to keep the weight down (the GT 86 tips the scales at 1,250 kg / 2,755 lbs) offers the car an agility that fits the urban environment like a driving glove. The boot is not very generous and it comes with an opening that's not inviting, but we do appreciate the fact that you can place a slim spare wheel under it if you want to.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
I had heard that the GT 86 was purpose built, but I never thought it would actually be this good. Let me explain. Back in the day, when I still lived in Eastern Europe where I was born, you had to prove that the car you drove was yours, you couldn't just take a girl for a ride, simply because the vehicle could've been borrowed. And the best way to do this was to sit on the car while you waited for your female friend to arrive. Why am I telling you all this? Well, the GT 86 is the best car in the world to sit on, as the lines of the rear shoulders make the body feel like it's using an office chair.
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