Toyota launches the new Toyota GT86 TRD, the first official upgrade of the GT86 performed by Toyota Racing Development and featuring genuine TRD parts. The car will initially be available on the British market only at a price of £ 31,495 (about 37,000 €) for the ‘basic’ version with a six-speed manual transmission, while those who want to opt for the automatic transmission will have to add another £ 1,500 on the top of that. The GT86 TRD will come with some aesthetic enhancement as well, but there will be just two color options for the livery: Pearl White ed il GT86 Black.
The front end will make use of a new and pretty aggressive bumper with a wide central mouth surrounded by a particular black finish that will surely provide for the right cooling of the engine. The rear section received a newly designed bumper too which hosts both reverse and rear fog lights and incorporate a small diffuser and four large tailpipes.
The Toyota GT86 TRD package also provides for a set of 18-inch cast TF6 alloy wheels, deep front and side skirts as well as branded radiator cap and fuel filler cover, which will complete the ’standard’ equipment that includes - among other things - HID headlamps, front fog lamps, limited slip differential, Smart Entry and Start, dual-zone climate control, analogue dials and meters, drilled aluminium pedals, sports seats, scuff plates, cruise control and the Toyota Touch multimedia system.
Toyota did not perform any mechanical change to the 2.0-liter boxer engine of the car, meaning that performance figures are basically those of the ‘regular’ GT86: 7.7 seconds to cover the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) and maximum speed of and 225 km/h (140 mph) for the version with manual gearbox, 8.4 seconds and 210 km/h (130 mph) for the one with the automatic transmission. There are slight changes in fuel consumption and emissions: 192g/km and 34.9 mpg for the manual and 181g/km and 36.2 mpg for the automatic (all figures official combined cycle). Surely it is not as impressive as the recent 400 hp Toyota GT 86 GT4, but we are pretty sure that the British fans will make disappear the 250 units of this GT86 TRD series pretty soon.