By now, you've likely absorbed every last ounce of ink, both physical and virtual, spilled on the Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S and Toyota GT 86 triplets. You've watched the videos, pored over the press releases and configured your own. And while your waking moments may be filled with imaging what it would be like to cane the 2.0-liter terror across Europe, odds are you haven't actually done the deed. Nino Karotta has, and he's been kind enough to document the excursion for the rest of us.

Unlike most of the ham-fisted video reviews of the trio we've seen so far, this one delves well beyond the fact sheet to give us a glimpse of what the car is actually like to operate. Karotta takes the GT 86 from the twisting mountains of France across Germany via the Autobahn and into Austria for a date with his own AE86.

With a stellar soundtrack, beautiful videography and insightful commentary, the video is what all reviews should strive to be. How does the newcomer stack up against its ancestor? We won't spoil it for you. Check out the clip below. You'll be glad you took the time.



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      Zeus
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whoever this guy is he is really entertaining and whatever the publication is they really have a good understanding of how to make an entertaining flick. One of the best pieces of Automotive journalism I've seen in years.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, fantastic production values for that video. I definitely wouldn't mind seeing a few more from that same crew as they test other cars. Concerning the FRS, I want to test drive it even more. Sat in one again this weekend, but alas it was an automatic model, and I didn't have much spare time.
      ThucBiDza
      • 2 Years Ago
      A video about a man falling in love with his car because it became everything he wanted it to be. A true successor to his teenage hood car. What a melting story.
      Redwoodkiwi
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fantastic production. The Toyota GT 86 certainly looks good dressed in red and shown in a cinematic light. Tempting. We can all thank Top Gear (BBC not History Channel) for setting the new standard on automotive video production. This clip looks like it was cut from the same cloth. Which has me asking, who paid for this? I'm in the business and I know what this sort of thing costs to produce. The rights to the music in the soundtrack alone would cost more than my annual paycheck. Was it Toyota that paid for it? If so, then... Hmmm. I'm not sure what to think.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      truewhiteboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does this mean a new season of Initial D will be coming out soon? :) hahahaha
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      those guys will be BIG. this vid is a real gamechanger in it's production values. i guess there is more awesome stuff to come :)
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
        especially nino delivers great passion for cars... brilliant
      libertedelacroix
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is amazing from every way you look at it. For those who keep complaining about speed, HKS is coming out with a supercharger kit for a reasonable price. So if you spend let's say 28k out the door, and spend another 4k in the supercharger/labor, for 32k total you will have a very well balanced and amazing sports car that not only looks stylish, but has the reliability of a quality car. (sshhhh, don't say it out loud so Johnny Ng doesn't come here and post how awesome Toyota is, and how much better the Lexus ES is compared to the Aston Martin).
        WindsWilling
        • 2 Years Ago
        @libertedelacroix
        And wipe out a new model car's warranty, an untested powertrain at that, and with the recent troubles Suby has had in their STIs? No thanks.
          libertedelacroix
          • 2 Years Ago
          @WindsWilling
          Sometimes you can get a factory upgrade, with warranty in tact. I think TRD is coming out with a SC kit as well, but not 100% sure. Either way, you gotta pay to play! I went Stage 2 with my Audi (242 WHP, 318 WTQ), and yea I had to give up my warranty, but it completely transformed the car (this is an understatement, seriously, you need to drive a modded Audi. The stock form puts me to sleep, but slightly modded even with a Stage 1 it drives like a completely different car).
          Gorgenapper
          • 2 Years Ago
          @WindsWilling
          Come on guys, you don't 'give up' your warranty. You increase the chance that future warranty claims will be denied if the failed component can be linked to your modification. In some cases, you take a small risk (installing a short ram intake), in other cases you increase the chance to about 99% that your warranty claim will get denied. That said, I'm going stage 2 pretty soon.
      John McPherson
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is about as good as a re view gets. Wonderful. A thoughtful delivery of the review, not over the top PR hype. Give us more!!!!!!!!
      jbm0866
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had original AE86 (85 Corolla GTS) in high school, and even though I loved it as my first car...I really didn't appreciate it until I got into newer front wheel drive cars. I really really REALLY want one of these some day (if I can convince my wife that it's a necessity) but my worry is that too many 20 somethings will get their first real paycheck, buy one of these and then promptly wrap them around trees trying to live out their Gymkhana fantasies. Those of us approaching middle age don't want to have to pay early 20's insurance rates on these things...;)
        truewhiteboy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jbm0866
        Yeah no kidding. Those premiums are keeping me out of a WRX. LGT was a great replacement for a while, but it got a lot bigger (still a good car, just different).
      Bird
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota GT86 is hot!
      Wintrode
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fantastic review. Top notch production, great unbiased (for an old 86 lover) analysis of the cars strengths and weaknesses, all done by an engaging host in a fun and beautiful style. Well done.
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