Following a report earlier this month, Toyota has officially unveiled the 2019 86 TRD Special Edition.
Billed as an “ultimate performance” model, the car has been equipped with a number of new components including Brembo brakes and SACHS dampers which promise to “further sharpen” the 86’s steering and stability. The car also has exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels that are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires.
Besides the performance changes, the car has been outfitted with a TRD body kit which includes new bumpers, revised side skirts, a rear diffuser and a larger spoiler. The model will be available exclusively in Raven black and each will come with tri-color body stripes and a TRD exhaust system featuring brushed stainless steel tips.
The styling changes continue in the cabin as designers installed a two-tone steering wheel and matching sport seats with red and black upholstery. Other highlights include red contrast stitching, red seatbelts and suede-like accents. Lastly, there’s a TRD logo embroidered on the passenger side of the dashboard.
Like the standard model, the car has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that produces up to 205 hp (152 kW / 207 PS) and 156 lb-ft (211 Nm) of torque.
Production will be limited to 1,418 units and pricing starts at $32,420.
Buyers will more modest budgets will once again be able to purchase the entry-level 86 and mid-grade 86 GT. Toyota declined to mention pricing for these models, but they will go on sale in August with a handful of new options including a Neptune paint job and a red / black interior on the 86 GT.
While the changes are modest this year, the 2019 86 comes equipped with LED lighting units and 17-inch alloy wheels. The base model also has sport seats, aluminum pedals, air conditioning and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.