Styling tweaks, a sports exhaust and bigger brakes for 2013 coupé, but only a minor power increase

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.

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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.

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27 June 2012

p.s. TuRD, haha

27 June 2012

I love this car.

27 June 2012

Yeah, would I want a TuRD or a STI? Tough choice.


27 June 2012


I'll import a 'Stang, thanks.

27 June 2012

40 grand seems a bit expensive for a sports exhaust and some bigger brakes, on this Toyota GT86 TRD.


27 June 2012

I absolutely love the GT86, but £40k is a bit steep, so I'd get the standard one.

27 June 2012

not buy a used BMW M3 instead and use the money you save to cover the higher running costs?


I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

27 June 2012

Looks great, but its a shame theres no power hike, i geuss keeping the power sensible is keeping the driving experience pure though

27 June 2012

Surely this must be wrong. £25k gets you a nice car, a further 60% gets a new exhaust, wheels and an air filter?

If this were 30K,maybe i could understand (although the base car would still make more sense).

And does it need wider tyres? I thought the whole point of its modest (when were 215 tyres ever described as skinny before?) tyres was to allow you to enjoy its handling. My old TVR Cerbera had 225 tyres to handle 350 BHP so i dont see a GT86 needing the same size contact patch.


27 June 2012

My initial excitement has been tempered somewhat by the stupidly modest power hike and the frankly ridiculous price tag.  Nice try, Toyota, but this isn't what we're after.


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