Toyota in the United States has unveiled its new 86 TRD Special Edition, which it says features “an even sharper edge”. But as with the Toyota 86 GR Sport offered in Japan, the naturally aspirated 2,0-litre boxer engine under the bonnet still makes the standard 147 kW.
Exclusive to the North American market, Toyota bills this latest limited-edition model as the “highest performance” version of the 86 thanks to the addition of “some essential new parts”.
These include Sachs dampers that the Japanese automaker says “further sharpen the 86’s steering response and refine vehicle stability”, as well as “extra-large” four-piston front and two-piston rear Brembo brakes.
In addition, the 86 TRD Special Edition gains special 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubber (sized 215/40 R18) that “turn up the grip factor while aiding steering reactiveness”.
Offered in a "Raven" finish and accented by a TRD tri-colour graphics and a TRD body kit (which comprises a new front bumper, chunkier side-sills, a new rear bumper with diffuser, and a spoiler), the special edition also boasts a TRD exhaust system with brushed stainless steel tips.
Inside, you’ll find a red-and-black-trimmed steering wheel, a colour scheme repeated on the bucket seats. There’s also a “suede-like” covering for the instrument cluster hood, a “TRD” logo on the passenger side and red seatbelts.
Just 1 418 units will be made, each with a starting price of $32 420 (that’s about R437 000 at the current exchange rate).
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