Toyota GT86 (2017) review: Coupe a load of that

It’s -15C. Yep, minus fifteen degrees centigrade. And we’re stood staring at the brand new Toyota GT86 – which positively radiates its warm blood red coat of paint against the snowy Finnish backdrop – wondering what on earth could possibly go wrong when drifting a rear-wheel drive car around an ice and snow track. Nothing, right? Right?

As it turns out, with a helping hand of expert supervision, this proposed mad spectacle turns into a theme park fun-ride and shows off just what a degree of control the GT86 offers in such unequivocally tricky conditions. A bit of snow might shut down the rail network, but it’s not going to shut us down.

The GT86 is far from the first rear-wheel car we’ve ever driven, of course, having sampled both the Mazda MX-5 and Fiat 124 Spider(which is built on the same chassis). These alternatives might seem like slightly alien competitors, given they’re soft-tops, but they’re similar-sized and similar-priced.

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