A more focused version of the Toyota GT86 will be offered in the UK from early next year, after the car’s public debut at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The Toyota GT86 TRD — seen here in this exclusive set of images — will represent the first time that Toyota GB has officially offered Toyota Racing Development upgrades on a UK model. The car will be sold through flagship Toyota dealerships, and is designed to showcase the potential of TRD in upgrading Toyota products.
The full TRD package is likely to push the cost of the range-topping GT86 to around £40,000, and the special model is likely to be limited to just 86 units.
The GT86 TRD was previewed at the Tokyo Auto Salon earlier this year, but the Goodwood car is representative of the model that will reach the UK in 2013.
The changes over a standard GT86 include new wheels and tyres, bigger brakes, a new exhaust and a bodykit.
However, the suspension remains unchanged and the 2.0-litre engine is largely untouched over the standard car’s. No turbocharger or supercharger has been fitted, with additions restricted to new oil and air filters. A small power upgrade, of around 10bhp over the regular car’s 197bhp, has been achieved by fitting the new sports exhaust.
However, styling changes help differentiate the GT86 TRD from the more humble base car. There’s a full bodykit, including new front and rear spoilers, flared wheelarches, new side skirts and reprofiled, more muscular bumpers both front and rear. There’s also a body-coloured diffuser, plus special TRD badging.
The new black 18-inch alloys are one of the biggest changes over the standard GT86. They wear 225/40 R18 Dunlop Sport Maxx rubber rather than the skinny 215/45 17s taken from the Prius.
The GT86 TRD’s stopping power has been significantly increased thanks to the addition of upgraded brake discs and calipers. It is understood that the bulk of the cost of the upgrade package is due to the new brakes.
Interior updates are minimal, with the biggest change being a short-throw gearlever for the six-speed manual gearbox. Special TRD badging also features in the cabin.
There’s no word yet on the kerb weight of GT86 TRD, but the upgrades are likely to result in an increase over that of the standard car.