Chris Harris drives new Toyota GT-86 [video]

The new Toyota GT-86 is measuring up to be an exciting car and as a result, You Tube's DRIVE channel test car specialist Chris Harris went out of his way to get just 20 minutes of seat time.

Held at a media drive event at Jarama Circuit just outside of Madrid Spain, Harris devises a six point plan for extracting the best experience possible from the limited amount of time.

Although Harris' crafty plan is the main focus for the first few minutes, and we don't see any action until four minutes in, we still come away with an entertaining "behind the scenes" account of the media event. But that's not all, Harris makes it worth our while as he uncovers a previously unknown piece of information about the GT-86.

After identifying - by his shoes - GT-86 Chief Engineer, Tetsuya Tada, Harris gets him to reveal that the GT-86 will offer an optional mechanical differential instead of the standard torsen (torque sensitive) diff. The mechanical diff will be the preferred choice for drifters and racers alike.

But onto the meat and potatoes, Harris gives us a thorough 6 minute evaluation while flogging the GT-86 on track and then wraps things up with a closing conclusion.

The video is a bit longer (10 minutes) than you're typical YouTube promo, but it's a quality production and well worth it. So set aside the time and enjoy. And if you like what you see, go ahead and subscribe to the DRIVE channel.

Source: DRIVE

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You mean Toyota are now doing what Mazda have been doing for over 20 years..
Feb 10th, 2012 11:35am
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shaahinmt shaahinmt
with a wrong engine and price tag you mean? rotory engine with no turbo is garbage. rotory engine = higher production cost = higher price tag = going out of production. defend your self.
Feb 11th, 2012 3:03am
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manual-trans manual-trans
That is one mother fuc*ing sexy car!!
Feb 10th, 2012 12:51am
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nederinaa nederinaa
No he is from EVO Magazine, love his writing and enthusiasm verdict on cars. It is a shame he left EVO maybe because for better things. If only Corollas handles or drives this good. Shame!
Feb 9th, 2012 7:39pm
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Point 101..GO HOME!
Feb 10th, 2012 11:33am
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abdullahalvi abdullahalvi
@siawa.. Chris harris is a very famous auto journalist and works for evo magazine. He was previously at autocar. His famous reviews include Ferrari 458 italia, Ferrari 599 GTO, BMW M5 (F-10), BMW M3 etc etc.. Check him out on youtube. And dont be sorry for being a newbe. With time you'll increase your knowledge. Stay blessed, cheers :)
Feb 9th, 2012 7:28pm
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OH Yeah...he is the idiot who thought the MX-5 has always been overrated..
Feb 10th, 2012 11:30am
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Siawa Siawa
Thank you, abdullahalvi.
Feb 10th, 2012 6:02pm
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Siawa Siawa
Sorry for being a complete newb but who is Chris Harris?
Feb 9th, 2012 5:24pm
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Hamanoo Hamanoo
u're not the only one lol
Feb 9th, 2012 5:46pm
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shaahinmt shaahinmt
i don't think he is driving the car because there is not one shot of him counter-steering.
Feb 9th, 2012 4:37pm
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I have to say this looks better on video than the pictures. I hope they just have nice thick wheels for it instead of the Yaris type. This car will do well.
Feb 9th, 2012 4:33pm
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