The Coolest of Cool

What’s so cool about the Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition? Literally everything

August 07, 2018

Imagine you’re in a Toyota dealership right now. Camry looks nice, right? That 4Runner calling your name? What about the Tacoma, RAV4, Highlander….
 
Lots of really good choices.
 
But we know you’ve got one question you can’t get out of your head. What is that super sexy black sports car oozing passion all over the showroom?
 
That, my friend, is the Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition. And it’s glorious.
 
So, maybe the family is checking out a Sienna, and that’s awesome. But this 86 is catching your eye. It’s OK to go with it.
 
Here are five reasons why.
 
Look at This Thing!
 
This isn’t a black car. The color is called Raven and, to quoth the raven, “nevermore.” As in, once you drive the Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition, nevermore will you wonder how cool you can look, because this will absolutely max out your cool factor.
 
Look, it’s a nimble rear-wheel drive sports car, so half the work is already done. But this brings a little more to the table, like a classic Toyota Racing Development tricolor graphic, and TRD body kit, which includes front bumper, side sills, rear bumper/diffuser and spoiler.
 
And the TRD 86 Special Edition looks so athletic, it’s rumored to be a surefire lottery pick in next year’s NBA draft.
 
 


The Inside, Too

By now you’ve definitely looked inside, noticing the red and black-trimmed telescoping steering wheel with red contrast stitching, the red and black sport bucket seats with side bolsters.
 
That suede-like material atop the instrument cluster is actually Granlux. And the TRD badging is going to warm the hearts of car enthusiasts everywhere.
 
And, since you undoubtedly believe the details make the difference between good and great, you’ll love the statement of the red seatbelts, which say, “Yeah, we’re gonna help keep you safe, but we’re gonna do it with attitude.”
 
The Car Lover Stuff
 
Like what you see? Want to dive a little deeper into this car? OK, let’s go.
 
The SACHS dampers further sharpen the 86’s steering response and refine vehicle stability. Extra-large four-piston front, two-piston rear Brembo brakes composedly cull speed at a moment’s notice, and enrich the 86’s well-balanced cornering prowess. Its Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires turn up the grip factor while aiding steering reactiveness and boosting tactility communicated through its small-diameter steering wheel.
 

 A Look Back
 
Any self-respecting sports car lover appreciates the cars that came before to make this beautiful Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition possible.
 
So, may we direct your attention back to 1967, and the launch of the famed Toyota 2000 GT that remains one of the most celebrated sports cars of all time.
 
This 86 took design inspiration from the icon itself, which shows in its low roof height, flowing front fenders, and sleek profile. The rest is all 21st century with LED front headlamps, daylight running lights, turn signals, and tail lamps.
 
Its 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine, fed by Toyota’s D-4S Dual Injection System, delivers a healthy dose of 205 hp and 156 lb.-ft. of torque with the six-speed manual transmission (200 hp and 151 lb.-ft. of torque with the six-speed automatic).
 
Time is of the Essence
 
Wanna be the only person on your street to own a Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition? Well, act now and you probably will be. That’s because Toyota’s only making 1,418 units of this special edition. So, you might want to decide real quick if you can handle looking this awesome on the road.
 
 By Dan Nied

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