Toyota GT86 TRD - official

A little while back we drove two visions of officially upgraded GT86 as a taster of the factory upgrade packages Toyota is working on. And the first fruits of that have been announced today in the shape of the GT86 TRD, a limited edition '86 due on sale next month. 250 will be offered in the UK in a choice of white or black, both showing off a selection of goodies from the TRD catalogue.

Good news, right? Well......

'Make it cheaper and faster!' came the cry...
'Make it cheaper and faster!' came the cry...
Both cars PH drove had significant - and significantly different - chassis set-ups and demonstrated a variety of TRD packages with upgraded brakes, dampers, strut braces and other bits and bobs. Read the full story here but they're the kinds of things you might feasibly want to add to a base GT86 if you wanted it to cope better with a regular pasting on track. No more power - yet - but a sharpening up of the driver focus and proof of the potential in the base package. Potential given an extra boost (if you'll pardon the pun) earlier in the week with news that the GT86 is being prepared for GT4 competitionwith a proper aero package and c. 400hp turbo upgrade.

But for this first TRD model Toyota has seemingly ignored the two major criticisms levelled at the GT86 - price and lack of power - and limited upgrades to a bodykit and styling trinkets while boosting the price to north of £30K.

Which is your cue to start digging out the facepalm image of your choosing for the thread to follow...

More grip, fancy trimmings and a price hike
More grip, fancy trimmings and a price hike
For the record we have bigger 18-inch wheels, skirts, spoilers, a quad-exit exhaust and 'TRD-branded details' for £31,495 for the manual and £32,995 for the auto. So it's grippier, fancier and more expensive. Quite a lot more expensive, given the starting price for the base car is £24,995.

Meanwhile in Japan GT86 and BRZ buyers looking for something more about go than show can have pared back versions with or without cages and actually prepared for track hoonage rather than just looking like they are.

Ho hum, let's just hope the promise of an expanded range of TRD accessories for the UK bears fruit and we get the chance to create our own vision of an upgraded '86.

P.H. O'meter

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  • em177 08 Feb 2013

    What is it with the st wheels Toyota keep releasing! I haven't seen one GT86 on a set of OEM wheels that suits the car.

  • forzaminardi 08 Feb 2013

    Can you please stop messing about and just let me buy this one:

  • Husaberk 08 Feb 2013

    em177 said:
    What is it with the st wheels Toyota keep releasing! I haven't seen one GT86 on a set of OEM wheels that suits the car.
    Spot on, way too fussy,

  • Captain Muppet 08 Feb 2013

    I've love a GT86, but I'd be ashamed to own one with that many exhaust pipes.

  • mat205125 08 Feb 2013

    Looks great, and look forward to hearing how it drives, and whether it moves the game on to where it arguably should have been from day one.

    Price? Hmmmm? Goes without saying that the whole project of the twin cars is more expensive than would have been ideal, however perhaps forgivable given the exchange rate to european currencies.

    I think that somewhere between all the domestic derivatives there is an ideal spec for me .... tone down the styling, have the cage, tweek the ride height asthetically, and deliver on some arch filling yet light and modest in width rims .... With a manual box, LSD, and an aftermarket 250bhp forced induction engine.

    ...... just the price to stop me buying one then!

    All joking aside, £30k is what you'd need to plonk yourself into a "normal" specced hot hatch these days, and the price keeps rising if you want a german brand to supply a coupe that won't give half the driving enjoyment of this car. Not so bad value afterall.

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