This should be a no-brainer; which is more fun to drive, the 730hp V12-powered Ferrari F12Berlinetta or the 197hp 4-cylinder Toyota GT86? Although both are front engined, rear-wheel drive sports cars, they couldn’t be more different. One is a very expensive, extreme Italian exotic and the other is an affordable, highly controllable sports coupe.
While in terms of performance the Toyota doesn’t stand a chance in front of the Ferrari, when the fun factor is taken into account, the GT86 can bring a big smile on the driver’s face. It’s a tail-happy machine thanks to its skinny tires, which make it very enjoyable on the track.
But can it compare with the Ferrari? Autocar magazine tested both cars on the Snetterton circuit to find out.
For one thing, the F12Berlinetta is definitely more challenging to drive than the GT86. The Toyota is playful all the time, while the Ferrari is frisky, just as long as the driver remembers the immense power produced by the 6.3-liter V12 and respects it. It’s the sort of car that keeps drivers on their toes all the time and does not like giving second chances.
For the full review, watch the video below.
By Dan Mihalascu