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  • 06 May 2015
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    3 Reasons Why You Should Test Drive Toyota’s GT86

    Looking for that perfect, affordable sports car to fulfil your addiction for speed? The Toyota GT86 is one of the best priced vehicles on today’s sports car market, and many have been waiting for a car like the GT86 to arrive for years.

    Here are a few reasons which might convince you to test drive the mighty GT86.

    The affordable price

    Unlike many sports cars the GT86 comes with an affordable price tag, which starts at an impressive £23,000. With that, you get a traditional looking sports car with a very attractive style and fierce engine. The model comes with a choice of four trims; the Classic, Primo, Giallo and Aero which all have different specifications so you can choose the best suited model. You can also pick between 5 smart colour options, but we think the car pulls off the bright GT Orange the best!

    The car’s handling and performance

    Thanks to Toyota’s clever engineering, the GT86 has a low centre of gravity and an optimised weight distribution, which gives the car its excellent handling allowing it to drive on top form. The combination of the lightweight engine, heavy steering and responsive throttle gives the car lots of agility, making it an ideal car to drive outside the city down a straight country lane.

    The front mounted 2.0 litre petrol engine is combined with Toyota D-4S (direct-injection 4-stroke engine) technology which rapidly builds up at a quick pace and maintains a fast speed. The engine’s top speed is 140mph and it can achieve 0-60mph in just 7.4 seconds.

    The bonuses and extra features

    The cockpit inside the GT86 has been perfectly designed to benefit the driver, as it focuses mainly on a control system containing everything at an easy reach. You can also upgrade to Toyota’s Touch & Go system which is a centrally mounted 6.1 touch screen which controls satellite navigation. The lower dashboard provides the driver with clear visibility of the road.

    Toyota have created a new ‘Carbon Pack’ which is available across the whole range. The pack which comes as an add-on includes a carbon-effect finish on the rear bumper protection plate, mirror covers and rear parking sensors which gives the car a unique touch.

    Like the sound of the sporty Toyota GT86? Book a test drive with us today!

    22nd December 2014

    New Toyota Supercar on the Horizon

    Rumour has it that Toyota is introducing a new addition to the Supra legend in 2015. Naturally at Howards Toyota we are all excited!

    Toyota has long been known for producing one of the most loved sports cars to ever hit the market, the renowned Supra. For many years, fans have wished for a newer and updated version – until now, as early images emerge from Toyota.

    Through collaboration with another leading car manufacturer, Toyota have been hard at work to bring us the first glimpse into the future with the Toyota FT-1, dubbed the new Toyota Supra, following recent sporty models such as the Toyota Celica and the GT86.

    In the past 2 decades, Toyota has been battling the Chevrolet Corvette to produce a similar power to suit a lower budget. The 1992 Mk 4 version of the Toyota Supra was built significantly cheaper than the Corvette, yet has resulted in a power output of around 100bhp less. Although this seemed like a significant margin, the tuning community still managed to whip up a quick fix exhaust and in some instances, a larger turbo to turn the Supra into a Corvette slayer that at the time was tough to rival.

    Since then, the name Supra has been re-marketed and therefore can’t be used for any new Toyota models. However, the FT-1 is being labelled as the fifth generation of the Supra meaning fans can get their hopes up and expect a driving experience that throws back to the legendary marque. It’s expected to be a direct rival of the new corvette with either a turbocharged V6 engine or a Hybrid Electronically supported powertrain producing around 400bhp. With hybrid sports and super cars becoming more and more common, we would put our money on a hybrid FT-1 coming through to match the current leaders, those being the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918.

    Reflective of the concept’s early stage of development, we are unsure of when the car will be released to the public, and if it will be at all! As ever, we will closely monitor progression as the car undergoes further work and anticipate an official announcement containing a launch date in the near future.

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