While the US will be getting Toyota’s FT-86, the GT-86 is headed to Europe next year. Powered by a 2.0L boxer engine with D4-S injection that produces 197hp, this sport compact can be mated to “either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission; the manual offers quick, precise shifts using a tactile, short-throw lever; the automatic transmission can be controlled using paddle shifts mounted on the steering wheel.” Video after the break. Click here for more pictures.

Both the powertrain and the driving position have been set as low and as far back as possible to achieve the best balance: the car has a near-perfect 53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution. The flat-four engine format and the driver’s hip point – the lowest of any current Toyota production model – together give the GT 86 an ultra-low centre of gravity, at just 475mm.

[via Autoblog]

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