Toyota unveils GT86 TRD for UK market only, only 250 to be made

Fans of the Toyota GT86 in the United Kingdom will be happy to hear that Toyota will be offering a special edition GT86, thanks to Toyota’s in-house tuning division, Toyota Racing Development or TRD. Only 250 GT86 TRDs will be produced for the UK, which begin sales in March.

Separating the GT86 TRD from other GT86s are unique TRD appointments made especially for this GT86, which include 18-inch alloy runners, lower front and side valences, a rear bumper spoiler, and a quad-exhaust system with a rear diffuser.

Other additions include a special heavy duty TRD radiator cap and fuel filler cover, while a TRD gear shift lever accents the interior. Though not much was added to boost performance. Still, the GT86 is already a great car to begin with.

No word on a US version. But UK buyers will have to dolly up £31,495 for the GT86 TRD with a manual, while the boringriffic automatic version could be had for £32,995.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

TOYOTA GT86 TRD – IT’S OFFICIAL

New GT86 TRD adds impact to Toyota’s sports coupe

– First official UK model grade to feature genuine TRD parts
– Features include forged 18-inch alloys, front and side skirts, rear spoiler, fast-response quad exhaust and TRD-branded details
– Only 250 available in the UK, on sale from 1 March
– On-the-road prices £31,495 for GT 86 TRD manual, £32,995 for the automatic

Since its launch last year, the Toyota GT86 has revitalised Toyota’s reputation for building cars that are all about the pure pleasure of driving. Now the hugely acclaimed sports coupe – shortlisted for both European and World Car of the Year awards – gains even more appeal with the introduction of the new GT86 TRD.

Just 250 examples will be available, equipped with genuine design and performance features from TRD (Toyota Racing Development), one of the world’s most accomplished and successful after market engineering businesses.

GT86 is the first UK Toyota for which official TRD parts have been used to create a specific production model grade.

The GT86 TRD , on sale from 1 March, will create a new halo model for the 2+2 coupe range. Both six-speed manual and automatic versions will be available, in a choice of two colours: Pearl White and GT86 Black. On-the-road prices are £31,495 for the manual and £32,995 for the auto.

The focus is on sports styling, but not at the cost of GT86’s essential performance and handling character. The package includes 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 increase stability. The TRD touches also extended to a branded radiator cap and fuel filler cover, while inside the car there is a new TRD gear shift lever.

These items are all in addition to GT86’s established equipment specification, which includes 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.

Acceleration and maximum speed are unchanged at 7.7 seconds for 0-62mph and 140mph for the manual and 8.4 seconds and 130mph for the automatic. There are slight changes in fuel consumption and emissions: 192g/km and 34.9mpg for the manual and 181g/km and 36.2mpg for the automatic (all figures official combined cycle).

ENDS

– By: Chris Chin


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