The Toyota GT86 has gone down a storm with enthusiasts the world over, the Japanese firm managing to achieve that delicate balance of power and poise to produce a car that is both reasonably practical and useable while remaining outright fun on any road with the slightest of curves.
Now there is a limited edition GT86 TRD going on sale on 1 March, of which there will be just 250 examples produced. Equipped with genuine design and performance features from TRD (Toyota Racing Development), the TRD model sees the addition of 18-inch cast TF6 alloy wheels, deeper front and side skirts, a rear bumper spoiler and a fast-response quad-exhaust system with a rear diffuser to increase stability.
Under the bonnet you will see a TRD branded radiator cap but, sadly, that’s it. There’s no increase in power, so GT86 TRD retains its 200bhp 2.0 litre engine that is enough to get the manual car to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds.
All the usual GT86 toys are included, from HID headlamps, front fog lamps, limited slip differential, keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control and analogue dials and meters to drilled aluminium pedals, sports seats, scuff plates, cruise control and the Toyota Touch multimedia system.
Both six-speed manual and automatic versions will be available, in a choice of either Pearl White or GT86 Black. The manual model will be priced at £31,495, an increase of £6,500 over the standard model, while the six-speed auto version will cost £32,995. Performance figures remain unchanged, but fuel usage and CO2 emissions rise to 34.9 mpg and 192g/km for the manual version and 36.2mpg and 181g/km for the automatic.
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