We haven’t yet driven the Toyota GR 86, successor to the beloved and occasionally misunderstood GT86, yet I can quite confidently say that it will be a future classic. With the 2030 combustion-engine ban fast approaching, how many more front-engined, rear-wheel-drive, lightweight sports cars are we going to see, let alone at a price that’s vaguely affordable?
Even if it turns out to be mildly disappointing in today’s context, the newest of this kind will be particularly desirable when we can no longer buy it new. Already today, the simple sports car is a rare breed, and values of used GT86s reflect that. Decade-old Toyotas should be worth next to nothing, but you will struggle to pick up the leggiest, Cat-C GT86 for less than £10,000.
Actually, given how much of a roll Toyota is on with the GR Yaris, I’m sure that the GR 86 will be brilliant in its own right. IV
In 2021, the Honda E is a slow seller as all of its brilliant qualities are overlooked due to one fundamental flaw: a limited electric range compared with that of its peers and for its price. For what is ostensibly a city car (by definition, usually a cheap-to-buy and easy-to-use runaround), such a flaw would limit mainstream appeal and wider adoption in any era.
In the future, though, all of that will be forgotten. Instead, we will only really remember its fantastic exterior design, its innovative interior and a drive that’s a real giggle, with standout features such as the tightest of turning circles.