Toyota is marking the start of a 6-month countdown to the first round of the Toyota 86 Racing Series by releasing a special-edition version of the 86 for Australian market.
Known as the Toyota 86 Blackline Edition, it is based on the top-of-the-line 86 GTS and features a subtle body kit, gloss-black 17-inch alloy wheels and distinctive red highlights in the sporty black interior.
The newest 86 derives its special-edition name from the twin black stripes on the roof and bonnet, accentuated by the model’s “white liquid” exterior paint colour.
Feature items have been sourced from Toyota’s engineering and motorsport partner TRD including front spoiler, side skirts, three-piece rear spoiler, rear lower bumper and fender garnishes.
The Toyota 86 Blackline Edition also include auto-levelling HID headlamps, front foglamps, LED daytime running lamps and keyless smart entry.
Inside, the new package sets the Toyota 86 Blackline Edition apart with dramatic splashes of red on the seats, steering wheel, gearshift knob, handbrake lever and door grips. Owners are also treated to dual-zone climate-control air-conditioning, keyless smart start, leather-accented front seats with Alcantara inserts and aluminium pedals as standard feature.
Aside from that, the Toyota 86 Blackline Edition include a 6.1-inch touch screen that displays satellite navigation with live traffic updates, reversing camera image and audio interface.
The 86 has attracted a cult following with its fun-to-drive rear-wheel drive dynamics powered by a 147kW, 205Nm 2.0-litre direct-injection four-cylinder engine and a choice of 6-speed transmissions.
The company is producing just 450 of the 86 Blackline Edition cars – 250 manuals and 200 automatics with prices starting at 37,990 AUD (RM116, 322) for the manual variants, and 40,490 AUD (RM123, 977) for the automatic.