Is This Britain’s Most Fun Car?

Wed 18th May 2022

While many motorists are looking for a vehicle to get from A to B, there are those amongst who actually live for the thrill of getting behind the wheel and those thrillseekers are looking for fun.

So when the Autocar annual awards came up with the category of ‘Best Fun Car’ there was probably quite a few brands hoping that it would be their motor that would be top of the podium.

But the highly anticipated Toyota GR86 was this year’s winner, a car that the Japanese brand closed the order book on within record time, and isn’t actually available to buy in showrooms.

Produced by Gazoo Racing, and hot on the heels of the companies other award-winning GR Yaris, it is expected that the GR86 will build on the GT86 coupe, another Toyota which claimed a long list of awards.

“The Toyota GR86 is our Best Fun Car of 2022 on the strength of road driving and plenty of fast lapping at the Parcmotor Castellolí circuit in Spain,” Autocar Editor Mark Tisshaw explained. “We will drive finished production cars on the European press launch later this month and get right-hand drivers in the UK later in the summer, but we already know that they will be brilliant: just a little faster, grippier and more purposeful than the hilariously indulgent GT86 but still an invitation to power-slide that not even a Trappist monk could decline!”

The GR86 adopts the same drivetrain configuration as GT86, with a front-mounted “boxer” four-cylinder engine driving the rear wheels. It’s a larger unit – up from 2.0 to 2.4 litres – and it produces more power and torque: maximums of 231bhp and 250Nm compared to GT86’s 197bhp and 205Nm. Which to some will make sense, to others… well let’s just say that’s an equation for fun!

Speaking about the win, Agustin Martin, Toyota Great Britain president said: “We could not be more thrilled that GR86 has been recognised by Autocar in this way, and that GR Yaris continues to strike a chord with Britain’s drivers. Toyota Gazoo Racing exists not only to win world titles but to help us make ever better cars, and the glittering reception both these sports cars have received shows that’s working. A big thank you on behalf of the whole company.”