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The GR86 is magic and doesn’t compromise on hallmarks of GT86

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The GR86 is magic and doesn’t compromise on hallmarks of GT86

Toyota’s offering is better than its predecessor, but not at the expense of its core hallmarks

Motoring editor, reporter and presenter

We caught two planes (and a train) to Seville, Spain, for the launch of the new GR86. Expect it on local shores in September. Pricing is to be confirmed, but consider that the outgoing vehicle was listed at R575,700 at its last facelift in August 2018.

Visually, the new GR86 appears to have taken on a softer character than its pointy, edgy and aggressive predecessor. Toyota says the design incorporates cues from classics such as the hallowed 2000GT and original “Hachi-Roku” – the AE86 Corolla. But you can also identify notes of other contemporaries.

Viewed face-on, there is a Porsche 718-esqueness to the curves of its wings. A prominent character line down the side, incorporating a functional aerodynamic slat in the front fender, is not unlike a Lexus RCF in execution. Those rear lights have a modern Honda NSX vibe to them. Altogether, the appearance of the new GR86 is derivative in some parts, yet cohesive, unmistakably a sports car in traditional style...

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