Since the Toyota GT86 was launched last year, it has restored Toyota’s image for making cars that are about the pleasure of driving. The sports coupe, which is on the shortlist for both the European and World Car of the Year awards, raises its appeal with the launch of the new GT86 TRD. Only 250 units will be built.
These will come with genuine design and performance features from TRD (Toyota Racing Development), which is among the most skilful and highly acclaimed market engineering businesses in the world.
GT86 is the first Toyota model in the UK for which official TRD parts have been used to build a particular production model grade. The GT86 TRD, which starts selling on March 1, will make a new halo model for the 2+2 coupe range. Six-speed manual and automatic versions will be both available.
Buyers can choose between two colors -- Pearl White and GT86 Black. The manual version costs £31,495 on the road while the auto is priced at £32,995. Even when this model is focused on sports styling, it doesn’t compromise its performance and handling.
This package comes with 18-inch cast TF6 alloys, deep front and side skirts, a rear bumper spoiler and a fast-response quad-exhaust system with a rear diffuser to raise stability. In addition, the TRD accents may be moved to a branded radiator cap and fuel filler cover.
Inside the car, there’s a new TRD gear shift lever. This model also gets the following standard equipment: 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. The acceleration figure and top speed have not changed.
The manual version can move from zero to 62mph in 7.7 seconds and it can reach 140mph. Meanwhile, the automatic variant can do the 0-62mph sprint in 8.4 seconds reach a 130mph top speed. There are also minimal adjustments when it comes to fuel consumption and emissions. The manual offers 192g/km and 34.9mpg while the automatic achieves181g/km and 36.2mpg (official combined cycle).
Toyota engineers have confirmed that the 53:47 front bias of the new Toyota GT 86 results to ideal response to subtle steering, throttle and brake inputs during a spirited drive. This means that drivers could easily control dynamic weight distribution to achieve the best possible vehicle behavior.
The suspension, brakes and steering of the new GT 86 have been fine-tuned to maximize the sports car’s minimal mass, ultra-low center of gravity and lack of inertia. Thanks to this, drivers could fully exploit the GT 86’s dynamic agility, nimble handling and cornering prowess.
Specifically, engineers fine-tuned the front MacPherson strut and rear double wishbone suspension systems of the GT 86 to respond immediately to the driver’s input. In fact, the GT 86 features a front spring rate of 23 N/mm, which is softer than the 25 N/mm rate of the Subaru BRZ, its twin model. With a softer front spring rate, the GT 86 implements a slight body roll during the initial turn-in, resulting to a perfect relationship between steering feel and vehicle behavior.
Since the new GT 86 features large ventilated disc brakes on all wheels, its brake pedal feel is quite different than that of other Toyota vehicles. Not only that, engineers fine-tuned the brake response to pedal input to deliver precise modulation. This allows for a very smooth dynamic weight transfer under braking, resulting to better and more refined vehicle control.
The new GT 86 rides on 17-inch alloy wheels with a distinct center hub design that pays tribute to the iconic Black Racing wheels of the AE86. While Toyota's conventional center cap has a diameter of 60 mm, the carmaker reduced this to 49 mm. This way, the wheels are now larger and lighter and yet stronger. Likewise, the wheel spokes now look longer.