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).