Posted Aug 23rd 2012 7:57PM
We all knew this head to head comparison video was coming, as the new GT 86 was apparently built from the same DNA as its legendary Toyota ancestors. It's easy for Toyota to claim the GT 86 was inspired by the classic AE86, but they share much more than just a number.
Although there is a quarter-century gap between both cars, underneath it all they offer the same strong similarities including undeniable value, balanced handling and RWD performance in a practical-yet-sporty package.
While the AE86 is powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine and the newer GT 86 by a 2.0-litre boxer, their 0-100 km/h times come in competitively close. It takes just 7.6 seconds for the GT 86 to hit 100 km/h, while the legendary AE86 can do it in a respectable 8.3 seconds. Not bad for a 25-year-old car!
The sports car heritage shared between them perfectly set the stage for this epic battle, as the cult classic AE86 never turns down a challenge and the young GT 86 still has plenty to prove and some very big shoes to fill.
Click here to find out if the modern GT 86 can measure up to its Toyota elders.
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