It’s really orange, and rather good.
The Toyota 86 is, undoubtedly, one of the most driver-involved cars you can buy today. Light, rear-drive, and incredibly fun, the 86 joins a small group of true drivers’ cars that don’t break the bank. Toyota has, however, introduced a limited-edition version of the 86 that promises to offer even greater driving pleasure as well as the opportunity to burn the retinas of anyone who might be looking your way.
Just 60 of these special cars will be arriving on our shores, with prices pegged at $41,490. The bright-orange paintwork (called ‘Solar Orange’) ought to be specified for maximum effect, but will command a $4550 premium. The 86 features unique aesthetic embellishments like a metallic black finish on the rear spoiler and wing mirror caps, while the special-edition rides on unique 10-spoke 17-inch alloys (finished in dark grey).
The cabin sees aesthetic revisions as well, with leather-accented sports seats featuring perforated Alcantara finishings, with orange stitching that continue on the steering wheel, gear knob, parking brake and door trim. The dashboard sees a suede-ish Grandlux material, replete with more orange stitching and an ’86’ logo embossed on it. Tech is looked after with things like keyless entry and go, dual-zone climate control, a 4.2-inch driver supervision display, privacy glass, satellite navigation and a 6.1-inch infotainment screen fit with Toyota Link2.
What remains standard is the engine: A naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre Boxer engine, developed with Subaru, and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox sending drive to the rear wheels. Power is rated at 152kW, while twist is clocked at 212Nm.
The limited-edition 86 also sees some changes under the skin, with Sachs dampers being the first big revision to the dynamics of the already-agile sports car. Said to improve the cars’ responsiveness and stability, they are aided further by improved stopping power thanks to beefier brakes: Four-piston callipers up front, with dual-piston callipers at the rear.
The 86 has a strong reputation on our shores as a tidy, agile little handler, with 19,000 units shifted so far. This limited-edition 86 is expected to sell like hotcakes, and we look forward to seeing them (hopefully in orange) on the street.