The first round of Toyota 86 Racing Series is six months away, and to celebrate that, the automaker has unveiled the limited edition Toyota 86 Blackline based on the Toyota 86 GTS.
This model is limited to just 450 units out of which 250 will be having a manual gearbox (AU$37,990) and the remaining 200 will come with automatic transmission (AU$40,490). The exterior features aerodynamic elements by TRD. These include a front spoiler, side skirts, three-piece rear spoiler, rear lower bumper and fender garnishes. Other distinctive features are the wide body kit, “white liquid” exterior paint and 17-inch gloss black alloy wheels. The special edition gets its name from the twin-black stripes on the roof and bonnet.
On the inside, the occupants are welcomed by scuff plates with stainless steel inserts, leather-accented front seats with Alcantara inserts, aluminium pedals and a 6.1-inch touchscreen display with navigation and live traffic updates. Red accents have been used liberally in the cabin to give a sense of sportiness. These accents are found on seats, steering wheel, gearshift knob, handbrake lever and door grips.
Noteworthy comfort & entertainment features include dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless smart start, multi-information display, reversing camera image and audio interface. Safety is addressed by the presence of seven airbags, stability and traction control, reversing camera and anti-skid brakes.
The Toyota 86 is powered by a 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol engine generating 200 hp (147 kW) and 205 Nm of torque; the engines come along with a choice of 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
The Toyota 86 Racing Series will begin in May 2016. It consists of five rounds with a starting grid of 32 cars piloted by amateur drivers competing for a prize pool of at least AU$125,000.