An International Drift Contest in a Toyota GT86


Could this rear-drive sports coupe be the driver enthusiast car of the decade?

Toyota is quite proud of their all-new sports coupe, the GT-86. So proud in fact that not only are they keenly aware that it's a great sports car in general, but it's also quite something when it comes to drifting. Toyota UK has therefore organized a little shindig featuring star Japanese drifter Keiichi Tsuchiya along with two of the UK's most well-known auto journalists, Steve Sutcliffe from Autocar and Ollie Marriage from Top Gear.

Tsuchiya challenges the two British journalists to a barrel drift in the Toyota GT-86 and all three marvel at how well controlled and balanced the car is. Considering its enthusiast abilities and price tag, the GT-86 is an incredible bargain.

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Like its Scion FR-S twin and Subaru BRZ cousin, the GT86 is powered by a 2.0-liter boxer four with 200 horsepower and 151lb-ft of torque. With the upcoming fourth generation of the Mazda MX-5 and the latest report stating that Nissan wants to build a proper competitor of their own, it seems like the affordable enthusiast sports market is just about to heat up even more.