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Old 07-19-2012, 02:03 PM   #1
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Default Top Gear Speed Week

I don't know if it's legal to post up scans. Someone else can do that, they are easy to find.

Preview: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/t...week-2012-7-17

Clarkson's thought's on the FT86:
“This is hysterical.

It’s so much more powerful than you’d think. But it’s a hideous thing to behold. The gearshift is excellent, the driving position is excellent, the seats are good. At 25,000, it’s extremely good value for the money. No wonder the Japanese economy is going backwards.

There’s no need to make it firmer. My only criticism is that the throttle’s so sensitive, it has such an effect on the angle you’re sliding at. They’re certainly given it a loose back end, as they say in reviewing circles. Often, with an engine of that smallness, you don’t have the power to hold a slide, but you can in this. Normally, you run out of ability before you run out of power, but this slides forever.

It’s very ugly, very impractical, but it’s also brilliantly good fun. Of course, you’d have the Subaru so you didn’t have to tell people you have a Toyota…”
SP: In a highly unscientific show of hands, our seven testers had the McLaren, 911 and Exige in a photo finish for second place, with the GT86 in front. The Toyota isn't big, it isn't especially clever, but it's fun. Good, honest, affordable fun. The 911 and Exige are, despite my earlier whinges, both fantastic, but they're very slick examples of the formulas perfected by Lotus and Porsche over generations. The GT86 is a new, different recipe-or at least an old recipe car companies forgot about for the last decade or so.

OM: And in five years' time, a whole generation of drivers will be able to buy ragged, second-hand examples for under 10 grand and learn all about the joys of rear-drive.

SP: Or ditches.

OM: Either way, it's a missionary. And it's my winner.

SP: So are we declaring the slowest, least powerful, second-cheapest car here our overall victor? This feels strange.

OM: But right, I think. The Toyota was the car everyone kept jumping into for the "one last quick go", and the one they got out of with the daftest smiles on their midge-bitten faces.

SP: So there we have it: the GT86, TopGear's Speed Week Champion. Congratulations, Toyota, and thanks for all the rear tyres. Another pint of haggis, Oliver? ....
Not bad for a car that is so underpowered it can't keep up with traffic according to some.
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:16 PM   #2
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Love it! Thanks for that.
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:02 PM   #3
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To all the daily drivers that think its under powered. go **** yourself, its an awesome car for a DD. If you are tracking it, or planning to, yea, it could use some more. That's the fun of this car, it has GREAT potential. Go forth and innovate! through, most BRZ members are past the age where they have to test their testicular fortitude. Its a great care for what it is, its an uber care for what it can become.

disclame: I have had 6 shots of glen levit by the time I wrote this, plz be mindful of that.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:33 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by GTerran View Post
To all the daily drivers that think its under powered. go **** yourself,
I would've said go take a test drive, then if you still think it's underpowered go **** yourself. Nobody I've given a test ride to has complained about the power
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Old 07-20-2012, 12:13 PM   #5
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I totally agree... I think the power is perfect and always there... no turbo lag and it's much faster when you are driving it than you think with only 200hp. Everyone needs to remember this car was built for handling and cornering and not raw speed!
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:30 PM   #6
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I thought the BRZ was brilliant. I lapped it around Oregon Raceway Park a few months back and was blown away with the car's grip.

On the roads to get there, I would only have asked for a more eventful rise in engine revs. It's very linear and because the flat-4 doesn't sound like a flat-4, I kept on expecting some form of vtec-like boost...

This upcoming week, I'm pitting the FR-S and BRZ against a few other like-minded cars on a track. I'm hoping to notice a difference in both cars suspension settings and tuning.

Here's a link to my review:

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Old 07-23-2012, 01:13 AM   #7
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i thought it kept up with traffic fine, its just nothing special when you rev it out..not the point of the car though obviously lol
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:58 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Celery GT-5 View Post
i thought it kept up with traffic fine, its just nothing special when you rev it out..not the point of the car though obviously lol
It has as much power as it needs to get you to the next corner, then put you sideways in it, and not a drop more.
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