The Toyota GT 86 TRD has been confirmed for the UK. Just 250 examples of the limited edition model will be brought to the UK, and sales start on 1 March.
TRD is short for Toyota Racing Developments, and the upgraded GT 86 is the first production car to be sold in the UK that features a suite of TRD parts as part of its showroom spec.
Both six-speed manual and automatic versions will be available, and buyers will have the choice of just two exterior colours: Pearl White and GT 86 Black. Prices for the GT 86 TRD manual start at £31,495 and £32,995 for the auto, which is £6,500 more than the standard GT 86 coupe.
For the extra investment, you get special 18-inch alloys, a deeper front bumper, extended side skirts and a revised rear bumper that features a quad-exhaust system and diffuser.
Under the bonnet, the 2.0-litre boxer engine remains almost completely unchanged, except for a TRD-branded radiator cap. The fuel filler cap also gets a TRD makeover, while inside, there’s a new TRD gear lever.
Like the regular GT 86, the TRD model features HID headlamps, front fog lamps, a limited slip differential, climate control, sports seats, cruise control and the Toyota Touch multimedia system.
The performance figures remain unchanged, at 7.6 seconds for 0-62mph and a 140mph top speed for the manual and 8.2 seconds and 130mph for the automatic.
However fuel consumption does take a hit. Fuel economy drops from 36.2mpg to 34.9mpg, while CO2 emissions increase from 181g/km to 192g/km for the manual model. The automatic also drops from 39.8mpg to 36.2mpg, while CO2 emissions rise from 164g/km to 181g/km for the automatic.