Toyota 86 British Green Limited: Another Japan-only Special Edition

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
toyota 86 british green limited another japan only special edition

Despite Toyota claiming that the 86 will stick around for a while, everything points to the car being on its last legs. Fortunately, this is usually the point where a manufacturer starts rolling out special editions to retake the public’s interest. Normally, these cars aren’t much to write home about, but every so often one crops up, grabs you by the eyeballs, and never lets go.

Over the next few months, Toyota plans to sell the 86 British Green Limited in Japan and we’re more than a little miffed it isn’t coming our way.

While we doubt sending this particular Toyota to North America would help the 86’s sales in the region, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to have a more appetizing variant. Granted, this author has spot so soft for dark green paint and gold wheels that it could only be compared to a lover’s whisper. But Toyota is offering more than just a basic exterior upgrade.

Like the 86 TRD Special Edition, the 86 British Green Limited receives upgraded Brembo brakes and a sport suspension with Sachs dampers. While it doesn’t appear to receive the TRD’s performance exhaust system, Toyota did give it a raised spoiler, the aforementioned lightweight 17-inch wheels, and a new underbody cover.

Sadly, the 86’s powertrain continues to go untouched. While we continue to believe the model’s 2.0-liter flat-four engine — rated for 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque — provides sufficient driving enjoyment, many criticise the car for being underpowered.

Inside the limited edition 86, the automaker has seen fit to replace the standard seats with handsome, two-tone Alcantara jobs with matching stitching throughout. Even the special badging is color coordinated. However, a few things are missing. The green 86 forgoes the faux-chrome trim pieces for black plastic and is missing the U.S. model’s standard touch screen — though that’s due to the Japanese market not offering the central display as standard equipment.

Toyota doesn’t appear to have any intention of selling the model in the United States. A shame, as this is one of the more interesting variants of the 86. North America always seems to go ignored when it comes to limited-edition vehicles that do more than impose black cladding in an attempt to recapture the visual magic of the Buick GNX. We like a menacing car as much as the next person, but we need more.

Converted from yen, Toyota Japan wants just a hair under $30,000, which would probably make the vehicle a non-starter in the U.S. without some improvements made to the engine.

Meanwhile, Japanese buyers have until May 31st to make up their mind. After that, Toyota plans to put the 86 British Green Limited to bed.

[Images: Toyota]

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  • Fordson Fordson on Feb 16, 2019

    I don't think I have ever seen the site expend so much energy and create so much coverage of a soon-to-be orphan as it has on this car. Also, it's quite amusing to see TTAC staffers, who take a decidedly conservative bent politically, wagging their fingers at the free market, which has said in no uncertain terms that the car is underpowered, and telling the free market that it is wrong and TTAC is right. I guess that we just don't know what's best for us.

    • Cantankerous Cantankerous on Feb 17, 2019

      Hey, what do we know? We're only car enthusiasts who, like the rest of the buying public, are staying away from the underpowered 86 in droves. This car begs for an adequate engine which, sadly, Toyota is either unable or unwilling to offer.

  • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on Feb 17, 2019

    MORE GREEN AND TAN COMBOS PLEASE. (That message intended for any manufacturer who is listening.)

  • Jeff S I am not a fan of Tesla and they were niche vehicles but it seems that they have become more common. I doubt if I get an EV that it would be a Tesla. The electrical grid will have to be expanded because people over the long run are not going to accept the excuse of the grid can't handle people charging their EVs.
  • AMcA The '70 Continentals and Town Cars may have been cousins to the standard body Fords and Mercurys, they didn't have to be disguised, because they had unique, unbelievably huge bodies of their own. Looking at the new 1970 interior, I'd say it was also a cost savings in sewing the seat. Button tufted panels like the 1969 interior had require a lot of sewing and tufting work. The 1970 interior is mostly surface sewing on a single sheet of upholstery instead of laboriously assembled smaller pieces. FINALLY: do I remember correctly that the shag carpet shown under these cars was a Photoshop? They didn't really go so peak '70s as to photograph cars on shag carpets, did they?
  • Inside Looking Out Toyota makes mass market cars. Their statement means that EVs are not mass market yet. But then Tesla managed to make mass market car - Mode; 3. Where I live in CA there are more Tesla Model 3s on streets than Corollas.
  • Ltcmgm78 A lot of dirt must turn before there's an EV in every driveway. There must be a national infrastructure plan written by other than politicians chasing votes. There must be reliable batteries that hopefully aren't sourced from strategic rivals. There must be a way to charge a lot of EVs. Toyota is wisely holding their water. There is a danger in urging unplanned and hasty moves away from ICE vehicles. Do we want to listen to unending speeches every election cycle that we are closer than we have ever been to 100% electrification and that voting for certain folks will make it happen faster? Picture every car in your town suddenly becoming all electric and a third of them need a charge or the driver will be late for work. This will take a lot of time and money.
  • Kendahl One thing I've learned is that cars I buy for local errands tend to be taken on 1,000 mile trips, too. We have a 5-speed Focus SE that has gone on longer trips than I ever expected. It has served us well although, if I had it to do over again, I would have bought an ST. At the time of purchase, we didn't plan to move from 1,000 feet elevation to 6,500. The SE is still adequate but the ST's turbo and extra power would have been welcome.