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Toyota launches new entry-level GT86

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It’s been two years since Toyota first launched the pared-down, lightweight GT86 sports coupe and the Japanese company has just expanded the range to include a new entry-level model, though it is quick to remind buyers that the fundamental performance and handling qualities that define this coupe remain intact: this is still a car that is all about the pure pleasure of driving.

To make the GT86 accessible to a wider audience, Toyota has slashed the entry price by more than £2,000 with a new entry-level GT86 Primo, which costs £22,995. Take Toyota up on its introductory ‘early-bird’ offer and this drops to just £22,495 – matching the GT86’s sister model, the Subaru BRZ.

The UK model range now consists of four versions, which starts with the Primo – which stands at £2,115 less than the previous cheapest model – and includes the regular GT86, newly-added Aero trim and limited-edition Giallo.

So what has changed about the GT86? To be frank, not much. The main changes concern equipment and trim options. A tyre pressure monitoring system is now standard throughout the range, as is a shark-fin aerial and a faux carbon fibre dashboard.

The classic GT86 remains at the heart of the range and now includes the option of an automatic transmission. GT86 Aero trim introduces a striking body kit, with large rear spoiler and front, side and rear skirts. The attention-grabbing look is topped off with a set of 18-inch OZ Ultraleggera alloy wheels with an anthracite grey finish.

These core models are also joined by a new special edition GT86 Giallo, which includes additional styling features – including a loud yellow paint job. Just 86 examples are available for UK customers, each one individually numbered.

These new GT86 models should arrive in showrooms shortly and the GT86 Primo is available to order now, with deliveries taking place from January.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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