Toyota GT86 TRD Review

The Toyota GT86 TRD is a limited edition of the much debated the rear-wheel-drive coupe released in 2012. However, the new coupe gets some new styling elements, but no power upgrade. The automaker asks for an additional £6500 for one of the 250 cars which will make it to the UK. The upgraded GT86 is the first vehicle with a suite of TRD parts sold in the UK.

The Toyota GT86 TRD comes in two exterior colors, GT86 Black and Pearl White. Its suspension and engine remain untouched, combining agility and composure better than most of its rivals. The car is powered by a 2.0-litre boxer engine which is almost unchanged, except for a new TRD-branded radiator cap. There is also a new TRD gear lever and a TRD fuel filler cap. The engine is paired with a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox, with the price for the manual starting at £31,495 and for the automatic at £32,995.

The new Toyota GT86 TRD also receives a deeper front bumper, a revised rear bumper with a quad-exhaust system and diffuser, extended side skirts and special 18-inch alloys. The sports exhaust system is the biggest change, as it appears to sharpen the throttle response. The alloy wheels are wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sport tyres, wider than the GT86’s Toyota Prius-sourced Michelin Primacys.

Like the previous model, the Toyota GT86 TRD features front fog lamps, HID headlamps, the Toyota Touch multimedia system, climate control, cruise control and a limited slip differential. While the performance figures are unchanged, going from 0 to 62 mph in 7.6sec and a maximum speed of 40mph for the manual and 8.2 seconds and 130mph top speed for the automatic, the GT86 TRD’s fuel consumption has changed. For the manual model, the fuel economy drops from 36.2mpg to 34.9mpg and the CO2 emissions go from 181g/km to 192g/km. For the automatic, the figures drop from 39.8mpg to 36.2mpg and the emissions rise from 164g/km to 181g/km.

Compared to the standard version, the new Toyota GT86 TRD has more grip because of the tyres, although the alloys are thumping around a bit more at low speeds and lose contact with the road at higher speeds. The car feels more composed through tight corners, although in the wet the tyres struggle a bit. Overall it feels less agile than the base car and more planted mid-corner. The engine requires a good thrashing to give the drivel full-power, but the well-positioned pedals and six-speed manual save the day. The steering rack has excellent weighting around, so the Toyota GT86 TRD exhibits fine balance.