Toyota Debuts 86 Hakone Edition, Has Me Wondering Why I’m So Broke
Special edition Toyota 86 painted gorgeous shade of Hakone Green with bespoke bronze wheels, and is deeply enjoyable to look at because of it.
Toyota has showcased the latest variant of its 86 sports car, the 2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Edition, and it is drop dead gorgeous. Toyota says the nameplate comes from a renowned Japanese driving road, the Hakone Turnpike, a road that has been described as “Japan’s Nurburgring.” The pay-to-play toll road is a driver’s paradise, lined with trees of a deep green hue.
So, to pay tribute to the Hakone Turnpike, the 86 Hakone Edition comes with a bespoke Hakone Green metallic paint job. From there, 17-inch “twisted spoke” wheels are painted metallic bronze. Then there is the interior, which receives a tan leather treatment, and looks lovely. It also gets a unique black-painted rear spoiler, too. Last but not least, the keys for this 86 are wrapped in matching tan leather.
Here comes the only tough part: for all intents and purposes, this is just an appearance package. The 205-horsepower FA20 engine remains unchanged. No other hardware changes have been made to this 86, though, with a car that handles as good as this one does, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The 86 Hakone Edition will be based on the North American GT model, which gets LED projector-beam headlights; power mirrors; chrome-tipped dual exhaust; front fender-mounted vortex generators; LED fog lamps; and an aerodynamic floor undercover, and steering wheel controls. It also gets dual-zone automatic climate control; heated seats; anti-theft system; and cruise control and keyless entry.
Pricing has not been announced, but expect a small premium over the existing $28,635 86 GT. Deliveries begin this fall. Now, I just need to come up with an extra $30 grand, so I can buy one.