Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ capture the minds of judges to win "Car of the Year"
The global panel of specialist's judges included engineers, technologists (whatever that means) and journalists have named the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86 sports coupe, Car of the Year.
As well they have honored its chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, as Dynamicist of the Year, along with Toshio Masuda, his Subaru counterpart on the sports car project.
“By sticking to a tried and tested formula, Tada and Masuda have created a car that enthusiasts have been crying out for: one that eschews the never-ending quest for ultimate grip in favor of balance, response and driving pleasure at realistic road speeds.” added Matt Joy, the Press Association’s Motoring Editor on the Dynamicist of the Year title.
Toyota’s commitment to producing cars that are actually fun to drive, which was championed by Toyota president Akio Toyoda, has also earned it the accolade of Dynamics Team of the Year as well.
The Toyota GT86 (and Subaru BRZ) arrives as the car to revive Toyota’s sports car heritage. The GT86 and BRZ has been designed in every aspect to be a true driver’s car.
The character is determined by its classic front-engine/rear-wheel drive configuration and the use of a compact, lightweight, free-revving 2.0-liter boxer gas engine. Combined with a low center of gravity, low inertia and overall light weight, the result is pure driving pleasure for anyone lucky enough to get behind-the-wheel.