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..
February 10, 2012 4:35 am
 manual-trans manual-trans
That is one mother fuc*ing sexy car!!
February 9, 2012 5:51 pm
 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!
February 9, 2012 12:39 pm
 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 :)
February 9, 2012 12:28 pm
 Siawa Siawa
Sorry for being a complete newb but who is Chris Harris?
February 9, 2012 10:24 am
 shaahinmt shaahinmt
i don't think he is driving the car because there is not one shot of him counter-steering.
February 9, 2012 9:37 am
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.
February 9, 2012 9:33 am