The Toyota GT 86 is not something you would expect out of Toyota in recent years. A front mounted high-revving 2.0 litre four-cylinder Subaru boxer engine with Toyota D-4S direct injection technology, rear-wheel drive, a manual transmission and a true coupe body, instead of a stylised 3-door hatchback body masquerading as a coupe. In fact, you probably couldn’t expect something like this from most car manufacturers these days, since the car has a bespoke engine!
The 2.0 litre boxer engine has a high 12.5:1 compression ratio and revs up to 7,000 rpm to produce a peak power of 200 DIN horsepower, a similar normally aspirated power to displacement ratio that we’ve seen before in cars like the Honda Civic Type R and the Renault Clio RS. Peak torque is 205 Nm, achieved at a high 6,600 rpm – this engine should be one happy revver! Enthusiasts will pick to go with the 6-speed manual, but there’s also a 6-speed auto available.
Read Anthony’s coverage of the Toyota GT 86 yesterday for more full details on the new Toyota coupe. Now the question is – will Malaysians be able to buy the GT 86 from UMW Toyota Motor? There’d definitely be plenty of takers if priced well, but I wonder if Toyota will approve the D4-S direct injection system to be used with our Euro 2 petrol.