The second-generation Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR 86 are here, and we’ve driven the Toyota together with the 2022 Volkswagen GTI Mk8, a drag race against the venerable Mazda MX-5 Miata, and a surprise visit by a Porsche 944 Turbo.
This is a full track and road review of the new Toyota 86 and Mk8 GTI as you’ve come to expect from Jason Cammisa including loads of beautiful sideways slides, donuts, J-Turns, and — perhaps more importantly than anything else — perspective and insight.
Why is a rear-wheel drive sports car such a big deal? If the GTI is so good (and it is) why is the iconic sports car recipe always RWD? Is it just because of weight transfer and the traction circle?
Jason explores this and more — and comes to the conclusion that the Mk2 Toyota GR86 is the spiritual successor to the Porsche 944. You’ll have to watch to find out how and why.
Don’t forget to watch Jason’s other episodes on these cars:
2022 Subaru BRZ
Porsche 924 / 944 / 968 lineage
0:00 Toyota GR 86 vs ND2 Miata drag race
0:41 2022 Volkwagen GTI introduction
1:06 The 86 is the Porsche 944’s spiritual successor
1:14 Mk2 BRZ still has no turbo!
1:41 Few affordable sports cars
2:26 The Torque Hole is fixed — engine review
3:36 2022 GR 86 vs Mk8 VW GTI drag race
4:35 FWD vs RWD weight transfer
5:34 Mk8 GTI track review
6:26 The Traction Circle (GTI)
7:12 FWD vs AWD: GR86 vs GTI track battle
8:11 Mk8 GTI on-road review
9:21 Hot hatch practicality: refrigerator test
10:10 The $30,000 enthusiast car continuum
10:37 Porsche 944 Turbo is an everyday sports car
11:06 2022 GR86 interior review
11:50 Mk2 Toyota 86 vs ND Miata handling review
13:09 2022 GR86 / Subaru BRZ review summary
13:35 A Porsche we can afford
14:10 Dropping iPhone in the toilet
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