The GT 86 is, according to its creators, the most compact four-seater sports car in the world and while, like in most cars that use the 2+2 configuration, you can’t actually use the back seats, this means that you get a package that os 4.2 meters (167 inches) long, 1.77 m (101 inches) wide and just 1.28 meters (50.6 inches) tall and manages to tip the scales at around 1,250 kg (2,755 lbs).
The engineers choose to stray a bit from the theoretical ideal weight distribution of 50:50, using a slightly front-biased setup of 53:47, in order to allow the car to respond better to the driver’s inputs.
Up front, we have a setup that uses MacPherson struts and at the back the gt 86 comes with a double wishbone configuration. Toyota engineers chose to make the spring rates a tad softer than those on the Subaru BRZ sister car, in order to allow the car to roll slightly during the turn-in phase, so that, again, it responds quicker to the driver’s inputs.
So, the weight has been kept down and the center of gravity has been lowered as much as possible (for example, the driving position comes with the lowest hip point in Toyota’s history), but to truly be able to bring the car closer to the road, the engine had to be mounted low too.
Thus, the horizontally-opposed configuration of Subaru’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder was perfect. The flat four was modified starting from the bore and stroke, with both now standing at... you guessed it... 86 mm. Toyota stepped in with its D-4S technology, which combines direct and port injection, with the final touch being brought by a high compression ratio of 12.5:1.
The engine now produces 200 hp, which come to your right foot at 7,000 rpm and a peak torque of 205 Nm (151 lb-ft), which arrives 400 rpm earlier. The flat four works with a short-throw six-speed manual (you can also get an automatic, but we wouldn’t recommend it), which sends the power to the rear wheels using a torque-sensitive limited slip differential (Torsen LSD).
For the connection to the road, the engineers chose to ditch the usual setup, which includes wide, super-sticky go-fast tires, for some rubber borrowed from the Prius. The GT 86 uses 215/45 R17 tires, so not only are they skinny (for a sports car, of course), but they also let go earlier than performance tires. As you’ll be able to read in the “Open Road”
chapter, this was an excellent, choice, as it allows the driver to play with the car.Continue reading
TOYOTA GT 86 technical data summary
Engine: 1998 cm3 cc 4-cylinder boxer petrol
Dimensions: 166.9 in OR 4239 mm length / 101.2 in OR 2570 mm width / 50.6 in OR 1285 mm height
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