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Toyota GT86 Is Topgear Magazine's Car Of The Year

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SLOUGH, UNITED KINGDOM – Dec 6, 2012: When Toyota set about creating the GT86, the guiding principle was that it should be a car devoted to the pure passion of driving. It’s an ethos that has helped earn the sports coupe worldwide acclaim, and now the honour of being named TopGear magazine’s Car of the Year 2012.

In a clean-sweep it was also Jeremy Clarkson’s personal Car of the Year and the TopGear Coupe of the Year.

In taking the titles, GT86 confirmed its status as one of the most exciting new models of 2012. More than that, it’s priced to be affordable for many drivers, rather than being an exotic supercar reserved for the ultra-rich.

Charlie Turner, TopGear editor, said: This is a fantastic achievement, for a car to win a TopGear Award is recognition of a truly exceptional vehicle. Only the remarkable are considered for a TopGear Award and this year the GT86 has proved to be the stand-out machine.

The award follows on from GT86’s success in the magazine’s Speed Week contest, featured in the August issue, in which it emerged the overall victor against competition from such exotic machinery as the McLaren MP4-12C, Porsche 911 Carrera S and Lotus Exige S.

At the time, Oliver Marriage, Motoring Editor, expressed how, although slower, GT86 was more enjoyable to drive than more rapid rivals: “Acceleration is fun, but the noise is as important as the kick in the back, and I¹d rather spend 30 seconds wringing the GT86 up to speed than three seconds being pummelled by the McLaren. You have more time to enjoy it, you feel more like part of the process.”

In the same TopGear report, Senior Writer Sam Philip added: For driving thrills, this is my sort of performance car. Good steering, nice crisp gear change, revvy engine. You can find its limits, slide it around, without fear of being inadvertently deposited in a loch…”

GT86 becomes the second Toyota to earn TopGear’s top award, the Aygo city car having shared the Car of the Year title with the Bugatti Veyron in 2005.