And we get none.
Toyota continues to hold out on us Australians as, after having given their home market the British Green Limited model, they’ve now gone and given their American fans the 86 Hakone Edition. Named after the Hakone Turnpike in Japan (which is said to be one of the greatest driving roads in the world), the Hakone Edition is basically a looky-look package that’ll mark out your driver-focused Toyota sports car from your neighbour’s driver-focused Toyota sports car.
The Hakone’s major aesthetic tweaks come in the form of the ‘Hakone Green’ paint (which looks stunning), the bronze 17-inch ‘twisted spoke’ alloys, and black rear wing. Step inside and you’ll find a tan-leather/black-Alcantara upholstery combination, stitched 86 badge on the passenger-side dash front, and unique boot carpet trim with an embossed 86 logo. You also get tan-coloured key covers, and a tan folio cover with black stitching and yet another 86 embossed logo.
No changes under the bonnet, so there’s still the same 2.0-litre Boxer 4-pot with 152kW and 212Nm in the manual, or 147kW and 205Nm with the 6-speed auto. GT-level kit like the LED headlights & taillights, LED fog lights, chrome exhaust tip, powered door mirror, multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, keyless entry & go and heated front seats all remain as they ought to be.
Prices have not been released yet, with that detail expected to be given sometime closer to launch. Australia has not been given any indication if we’ll get this model or indeed something like it, with the previous British Green Edition given a flat-out no by management. Perhaps the arrival of this new variant in North America might soften the stance that the local office has taken to the idea of a green, driver-focused Toyota sports car…