Road Tests Real world tests of Golf GTI vs GT 86

Top speed

Golf GTI
130 mph
GT 86
140 mph

0-100mph

Golf GTI
16.2 s
GT 86
17.8 s

1/4 mile

Golf GTI
15 s
GT 86
15.3 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Volkswagen Golf GTI

Reasons to consider the
Volkswagen Golf GTI

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Faster to 100mph 16.2 s vs 17.8 s Around 10% faster to 100mph
More torque 206 ft-lb @ 1,700 RPM vs 150 ft-lb @ 6,600 RPM More than 35% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Side view of Toyota GT 86

Reasons to consider the
Toyota GT 86

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Faster top speed 140 mph vs 130 mph 10 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Lighter curb weight 2,596 lb vs 3,285 lb More than 20% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Golf GTI  vs
GT 86 
Brand Volkswagen Toyota
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2009 2012

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 15.95 lb/hp 13.18 lb/hp
Maximum hp 206 HP @ 5,300 RPM 197 HP @ 7,000 RPM
Maximum torque 206 ft-lb @ 1,700 RPM 150 ft-lb @ 6,600 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 1,984 cc 2,000 cc
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 9.6:1 12.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.2 in / 3.7 in 3.4 in / 3.4 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

Golf GTI  vs
GT 86 
Top speed 130 mph 140 mph
1/4 mile 15 s 15.3 s
0-100mph 16.2 s 17.8 s

transmission

Drivetrain FWD RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,285 lb 2,596 lb
Volkswagen Golf GTI
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