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

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

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]

Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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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.)

  • RobbyG $100k+...for a Jeep. Are they selling these in fantasy land?Twin turbo V-6 paired to an 8-speed transmission. Yet still only gets 14mpg.Whatever money you think you would save over a V-8 will be spent 2-3x amount fixing these things when they blow up.
  • Alan Well the manufacturers are catching up with stocks. This means shortages of parts is reducing. Stocks are building around the world even Australia and last year had the most vehicles ever sold here.
  • Larry You neglected to mention that the 2024 Atlas has a US Government 5-Star Safety Rating.
  • Alan Why is it that Toyota and Nissan beat their large SUVs (Patrol/300 Series) with an ugly stick and say they are upmarket? Whilst they are beating the vehicles with an ugly stick they reduce the off road ability rather than improve it.As I've stated in previous comments you are far better off waiting for the Patrol to arrive than buy an overpriced vehicle.
  • Alan How many people do you see with a 4x4 running mud tyres? How many people do you see with a 4x4 running massive rims and low profile tyres? How many people have oversize mirrors for towing once in a blue moon? How many 4x4s do you see lifted? How many people care what tyres they run to save fuel? The most comfortable tyres are more or less the most economical.