Low-spec GT 86 available in Japan: Low-spec GT 86 available in Japan

Details of a cheaper GT 86, available only in Japan, have surfaced online. Steel wheels and unpainted trim reduces the cost to just £16,200

By stripping out most of the equipment, fitting steel wheels and un-painted bumpers, Toyota has managed cut the base price of the rear-wheel drive coupe to 1,990,000 Yen, roughly equating to £16,200.

The new model, dubbed 'RC', appeals to those on a tight budget, and anyone looking to modify a GT 86 will find it a great base to start on, featuring exactly the same 200bhp flat-four engine and six-speed manual transmission as the more expensive models.

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This RC won't be coming to the UK, and it's unlikely many will be sold in this configuration, but it's one of the cheapest ways into a 200bhp rear-wheel drive coupe.

As you might expect, Subaru has come up with its own equivalent, known as the BRZ RA, which unlike the Toyota, comes with painted bumpers and a bit more equipment, keeping the steel wheels. For this, you pay just under £17,000.

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