Toyota’s GT86 was a breath of fresh air when it burst onto the scene back in 2012. Five years on though, the hype has settled but Toyota is keeping the droolworthy coupe relevant by offering a new special variant.
On sale right now, the GT86 Club Series Blue Edition boasts an exclusive ‘electric blue’ exterior shade and offers even sharper handling with the optional Performance Pack added.
In addition to the striking paint job, the Blue Edition boasts black styling details such as front grille, rear spoiler and diffuser, door mirror housings and front fog light surrounds. Meanwhile, the cabin is upgraded with black leather and Alcantara as standard.
The optional Performance Pack achieves a more focused drive by bolting in Sachs-tuned suspension with Sachs Performance dampers and larger Brembo brakes that deliver increased stopping power and improved pedal feel. Topping off the visual upgrade are new-design 17-inch black alloy wheels.
Under the bonnet is the same 197bhp two-litre ‘boxer’ four-cylinder rear-wheel drive unit, linked to a six-speed manual transmission, that can take care of a zero to 62mph sprint in 7.7 seconds before reaching a top speed of 140mph.
Variants mated to an auto gearbox stretch that to 8.4 seconds and peaking at 130mph.
In terms of goodies and gadgets, the equipment list matches that of the GT86 PRO, with a limited-slip differential, cruise control, dusk-sensing headlights, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, LED front and rear lights and the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system.
Prices start from £29,980 for the standard manual Blue Edition, rising to £30,335 for the automatic. Opting to include the Performance Pack bumps that up to £30,455 and £31,795 respectively.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “We love the GT86 here in the Petrol News office and this special edition looks awesome.”
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