Featured Test Drive Event Today

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    So after putting a deposit down in October, today was the day of the Toyota test-drive event in the UK.

    After all the press releases etc, I went along just to have a day out, and then get my deposit back - didn't quite work out like that.

    Driving in saw 3 silver ones leaving, and was rather stunned by how they looked. Pulled up and there was a black one on display. First things first - no picture you have seen on any magazine or you tube review does this car justice. It looks absolutely incredible. Up close the design is stunning. I ordered white, but in black, it looks like the batmobile - utterly blown away by it.

    The day consisted of 3 sections. First section was technical where we got told about the car, the architecture, why it was built and then given a tour of the car showing us how things worked, why they had been done that way and lots of discussion about the golden ratio.

    2nd session was a hot lap of thruxton with a pro driver. Ok ... In short this car is superb on track. It's pace is one thing, but it's the way it corners and drives so flat that impressed most. The power delivery is on point - there is no lag and for those worrying if 330bhp is enough - it is - plenty enough. The car doesn't need more power. What it does need though is sound. From the inside it sounds great due to piped music, but from the outside hearing it go past as a bystander - it lacks any real noise. An exhaust change would Def be needed, though as a UK car, Euro emissions have crippled a lot of cars here.

    Taking the car on track next. The seating position is excellent .. seats hug and adjust perfectly, but only the drivers side. Sat as a passenger, there is very little support so on hard cornering your sliding about in your seat.

    Anyway... The switchgear is Def BMW, and covering the logo on the steering wheel, you can't tell what car you're in. Setting off, you can feel the urgency right away. It's not sluggish in the slightest and small adjustments on the steering wheel and the car responds. Driving on comfort is fine, but in sports mode it changes character totally - the noise increases and the autobox works really well. As someone who only buys 3 pedal cars, the box did do a good job - esp in sports mode, but can't help thinking a manual (for me) would have improved the driving experience. Also the steering wheel just didn't feel right. Could have done it being a little bit thicker, or alcantara perhaps.

    On track putting power down and getting braver as the laps went on, the car just makes you smile. It corrects when you go on at the wrong angle or carry too much pace, but the changes in direction and the acceleration out of corners was hugely impressive.

    Taking the car on the road (where it will spend 95% of its time) and the car was extremely comfortable. It does the slow pootling fine and there isn't the harsh bounce I was expecting on those tyres and the rutted UK roads. Boot size is pretty decent, will happily do a weekly shop or the school run etc.

    In summary ... Very impressed, and pretty sure I'm changing my order to black. The car blew me (and my mate) away and really is worth the wait and drive.

    Ignore what the magazine pics look like - in the flesh it's far far more stunning.IMG-20190625-WA0022.jpg IMG_20190625_130432.jpg

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    And a couple more.

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    I hope I don't regret choosing white instead of black. Every car i have right now is black, and my GT-R was black. Wanted something different.
     
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    glad i decided for black, i knew that the black would hide some of the vents. Makes it look a lot cleaner
     
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    I can't do black. It is unbearable in the California sun.
     
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    You brave souls and Black cars, I'm afraid of the swirls and how quickly it gets dirty.
     
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    The white looms really good up close, but the black has the edge to me.

    I've ordered white, but if I can't swap to black - be more than happy to have the white.

    Interesting hearing that black cars abroad where it's sunny are frowned upon. In the UK black cars usually preferred.
     
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    Btw ... The over run on the car sounds incredible :)
     
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    i thought the blue looked incredible - what did you think?
     
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    Was chatting to the guy (Hugo?) who was running the stall and consensus seemed to be the blue was more for someone who wanted the car, but didn't want to be noticed as much.

    Think they did it an injustice in that it wasn't outdoors in natural light.

    Btw... Anyone seeing a 19plate supra in future - stay well away as all the demos will be 19 plates and pretty harshly driven as these cars were only offloaded from the boat on Saturday. The way they were doing hot laps was mad.

    Also made me wonder how much faster the cars would be with a few thousand k on the clock once the engine has loosened up.
     
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    I was in the second group to do the track drive on Monday morning, only maybe 2 sets of laps before me, my car had 31 miles on the clock at the time, and 100% guarantee they were not easy miles! Avoid the ones with the GP19 registrations for sure!
     
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    Love this pic a friend took.

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    supposedly these are on top of the 300 UK Cars and will not be released to the public.

    key word - supposedly , i guess youll know if it says Toyota as first owner
     
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    They brought 50 in ... Wonder what they will do with them?
     

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