The Toyota 86 TRD brings back the iconic tricolor livery

This is the trim we want
by Jason Tulio | Jul 24, 2018

In a time filled with turbocharged engines, torquey electric motors, and complex all-wheel drive systems, a basic naturally aspirated rear-wheel-drive sports car offers a different kind of fun.

We’ve been big fans of the Toyota 86 since it debuted for that very reason. Its power isn’t mind-blowing by any stretch, but its sleek coupe form and tail-happy nature really appeal to our car guy sensibilities. A new version released in the US promises to make the latter even better.

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Toyota has just unveiled the 2019 86 TRD Special Edition, and it's apparently the "ultimate performance" version of the sports car. No added power figures to speak of (the 2.0-liter boxer engine still puts out roughly 200hp), but there are some added bits that improve the car's handling: big Brembo brakes in the front and rear, Sachs dampers, and 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubber. The package, Toyota says, delivers sharper steering, better stability, and added grip. All good things in our book.

The exterior, meanwhile, features standard TRD fare like a body kit and brushed stainless steel exhaust tips. The new Raven paint job is a welcome addition. Production will be limited to just 1,418 units at $32,420 (P1.7 million). Would you like to see this on Philippine roads? 

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