Future Collectable: 2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
future collectable 2019 toyota 86 trd special edition

It was rumored that Toyota would eventually bring some hardware from its Gazoo Racing sub-brand into the U.S. through Toyota Racing Development. Well, the automaker appears to have finally done so, showcasing some of those parts in the 2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition.

Before you ask, Toyota has not added any power with the TRD edition. Much like the limited-production Subaru BRZ tS, the recipe involves prepping the vehicle for the track with upgraded suspension components, brakes, and tires. There are also visual enhancements that give off a slight boy-racer vibe, though Toyota managed its makeover with more subtlety than Subaru, what with the BRZ tS’s large rear wing.

A hulking spoiler isn’t included in the 86 TRD package. Instead, Toyota Racing Development incorporated a body kit, custom exhaust, and some side decals to indicate that this is not the standard coupe. The interior also receives a small diameter, red and black-trimmed steering wheel with matching seats, belts, and Granlux “suede-like” dashboard covering.

However, the parts department didn’t stop with visual accouterments. The model gets most of what the BRZ tS received behind the wheels. Extra-large four-piston front, two-piston rear Brembo brakes (12.8/12.4-inch front/rear) lurk behind exclusive 18-inch alloys. Those oversized feet are also wrapped in 215/40R Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires. Toyota also threw in a set of Sachs dampers to improve stability.

More than an appearance package but less than a true high-performance variant, the 86 TRD Edition seems like a cool vehicle if you’re already into the Toyobaru twins. If you aren’t, then you’re probably asking why Toyota didn’t take that naturally aspirated 2.0-liter Boxer out to give it more than its standard 205 hp and 156 foot-pounds of torque — or slightly less with the automatic.

Frankly, we don’t know either. While the standard model is superb for having a laugh and hooliganism, the idea of selling a track-focused model with stickier tires but without a few extra ponies seems like another missed opportunity. Maybe they don’t want it stepping on the fast-approaching Supra’s toes, as it doesn’t seem to coming with a glut of horsepower, either.

Although, if you want something that’s extremely well-balanced and enjoyable to drive, then you could certainly do worse.

Sold exclusively in black, possibly because those fun tricolor decals could only work against a neutral color, the Toyota 86 TRD is to be limited to just 1,418 examples — with a starting price of $32,420. However, if you just want to have a good time and don’t need a future collectable, the base model begins at $26,455 and plays host to a fairly serious aftermarket. That model also gets a new “Neptune” paint scheme and and new interior options for 2019.

[Images: Toyota]

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  • Shortest Circuit Shortest Circuit on Jul 25, 2018

    So basically they are now doing what I could've done in my driveway (screwing on unnecessary body parts), but left the only part that needs certification (engine) bone-stock?

  • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Jul 25, 2018

    This car, with a 6 cylinder should wear Supra badges. Flame on, but again, the MKII Supra fan is no less a purist than the MKIV fan and this car would basically be a modern MKII. The Frankenbimmer should wear Lexus SC badges and if they make it a retro gen 1 SC that looks the part, I'll buy one.

  • Fred I owned a 2001 MR2 for 15 years nothing ever went wrong with the vehicle. It was always exciting to drive most people thought it was a boxster. The only negative was storage and legroom considering I'm a little over 6:4 the only reason it was sold was as a second car and a grandchild on the way we needed something more practical.
  • V16 I'm sure most people could find 155,365 reasons to choose another luxury brand SUV and pocket the difference.
  • ChristianWimmer I don’t want this autonomous driving garbage technology in any car.My main fear is this. Once this technology is perfected, freedom-hating eco hysterical governments (crap hole Germany, UK and the European Union in general) will attempt to ban private car ownership because “you don’t need to own a car anymore since the car can come to you, drop you off and then proceed to service the next customer”... no thanks. Having your own car is FREEDOM.Go away, autonomous driving. I also enjoy the act of driving a car. I want to drive, not be driven.
  • Mike-NB2 The solution is obvious here. Everyone should be raised in an Irish Catholic family and then all it takes is a sideways glance from mom and you're atoning for that sin for the rest of your life. My mother has been dead for decades and I still want to apologize to her. Catholic guilt is a real thing. 😁
  • Wjtinfwb A good car. I don't find Accord's as appealing as they were a decade or two ago, not that they've gotten worse, but the competition has gotten better. It would be my choice if I had to pay for it myself and maintain it for 10 years and 150k miles. They'd be very reliable and no doubt inexpensive miles, but probably a pretty boring 10 years.