In a competitive field overflowing with less-than-svelte sports cars, the Toyota 86 stands out.
It is a stylish 2+2 rear-wheel drive coupe adhering to the fundamentals of automotive athleticism: optimal power-to-weight stats, a cunning design, superb balance and feel.
In 2019, 86 sheds none of its distinguished moxie, and gains an even sharper edge through its newest grade: the limited production, 86 TRD Special Edition.
New for this year and limited to just 50 units in Canada, it (starting price $38,220) is built off the manual transmission GT trim level.
It sports Brembo brakes, SACHS Dampers, a TRD performance dual exhaust and aero kit, plus unique 18-inch alloy wheels clad in P215/40 R18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires.
This edition’s more aggressive performance is highlighted by unique styling cues too – including a red-stitched interior with red seat belts plus TRD interior trim and badges.
The SACHS dampers further sharpen the 86’s steering response and refine vehicle stability. Extra-large four-piston front, two-piston rear Brembo brakes composedly cull speed at a moment’s notice, and enrich the 86’s well-balanced cornering prowess.
Its Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires turn up the grip factor while aiding steering reactiveness and boosting tactility communicated through its small-diameter steering wheel.
Exclusively painted in Raven, and accented by a classic TRD tricolor graphic and TRD body kit (which includes front bumper, side sills, rear bumper/diffuser, and spoiler), the TRD Special Edition looks athletic too. Also standard is a TRD exhaust with brushed stainless steel tips.
Opening the doors reveals a new red and black-trimmed telescoping steering wheel with red contrast stitching; red and black sport bucket seats with side bolsters; Granlux suede-like covering atop the instrument cluster; “TRD” logo embroidered on passenger side instrument panel; red contrast stitching throughout; and red seatbelts.
Also thoroughly modern is 86’s athleticism.
Its 2.0-litre boxer four-cylinder engine, fed by Toyota’s D-4S Dual Injection System, delivers 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque with the six-speed manual transmission (200 hp and 151 lb/ft of torque with the six-speed automatic).
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