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2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Release and Review

2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Release and Review – Toyota has announced details for the 2019 edition of its Toyota GT86 TRD. Our attention is immediately focused on the limited-production Special Edition TRD version, which offers more dynamic performances and a hope to match.

2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Release and Review

The 2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Release and Review, is lovely little machine, offering the simple pleasure of a small, lightweight RWD coupe that’s still relatively affordable for the masses. We said as much in our Driving Impression review a few years back, and our opinion hasn’t changed – we’re still appropriately impressed by this car’s tossability and fun-loving attitude. Presently, Toyota is offering another limited-run TRD Special Edition, and it promises even sharper handling chops mated with an aggressive and interesting esthetic. And no – it doesn’t accompany any extra power. So don’t ask.

2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Release and Review
2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Release and Review

It’s easy to single out the 2019 Toyota GT86 TRD and tally the ways it falls just short of excellent. It’s small inside. There’s limited passenger and cargo space. It’s not particularly comfortable, especially for taller drivers, and its innovation feels dated and inadequate. While there are solutions for more speed in aftermarket engine kits, the from-the-factory reality is that the Toyota GT86 TRD is slower than just about anything else you’d probably cross-shop it with. In any case, that doesn’t mean it’s awful to drive.

2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Interior

2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Release and Review, The interior stitching and embroidered Toyota GT86 TRD logos are decent touches, however this is no touring car. To the casual enthusiast, the 86 could be considered noisy and stiff, however it’ll feel just right for the sport coupe aficionado. Toyota Review puts performance ahead of the Toyota GT86 TRD day-to-day usability. There’s also plenty of space and great outward visibility.

2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Interior
2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Interior

Every control is right at your fingertips. Just don’t consider this a four-passenger vehicle. Rear-seat space is laughable. The Toyota GT86 TRD innovation package resembles the car itself: minimal. The entry-level Toyota GT86 TRD includes 17-inch alloy wheels and driver-focused instrumentation including a multi-information display and digital/analog speedometer, as well as a 8-speaker, 7-inch display audio system with USB input, Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel-mounted controls.

2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Exterior

2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Release and Review. For 2019, another 86 TRD Special Edition joins the lineup. While it’s no faster than the standard Toyota GT86 TRD trim levels, the Special Edition is outfitted with upgraded handling and braking hardware. Regardless, the Toyota GT86 TRD is framed as the best-performing production Toyota GT86 TRD in North America. And since it’s important to announce such things, the limited edition comes with a standard Toyota GT86 TRD body pack, which adds in another front bumper, new side skirts, another rear bumper with a diffuser element, and another spoiler as well.

2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Exterior
2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Exterior

The corners come fitted with alloy wheels measured at 18 inches in diameter and 7.5 inches in width, while a Toyota GT86 TRD exhaust system with stainless steel tips adds some aural attraction. You can also get the car in any color you want, just so long as that color happens to be Raven black with a Toyota GT86 TRD tricolor graphic along the front fenders. 2020 Toyota Yaris Hybrid Review. The rest of the exterior package is as you’d expect, with standard stuff like LED projector headlights and LED fog lamps. So it looks more aggressive, that much is obvious. However, the real draw of this thing is still its simplicity and low weight, and Toyota knows it.

2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Engine

2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Release and Review. Fans of the Toyota GT86 TRD have been clamoring for more power from the twins’ regular 205-hp 2.0-liter flat-four almost since these kid racers first put rubber to road in 2012. And while a 5-hp knock in 2017 may not have totally mollified those enthusiasts, Toyota’s new limited-run TRD special edition may satisfy buyers who are more concerned about handling performance than straight-line speed.

2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Engine
2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Engine

The Toyota GT86 TRD will go on sale in August for $33,340. That price places it firmly at the highest point of the Toyota GT86 TRD lineup, or, in other words the base 86 and the cushier Toyota GT86 TRD trim. For that extra cash, buyers will appreciate upgrades including Brembo brakes, Sachs performance dampers, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires mounted on 18-inch wheels. 2019 Toyota GT86 Review. The Brembos and Sachs dampers are already available to BRZ buyers, however they’re new to the Toyota GT86 TRD. The Toyota GT86 TRD comes with the 86’s standard powertrain, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder, mated just to a six-speed manual transmission (the regular 86’s optional six-speed automatic is not available).

2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Release Date and Price

2019 Toyota GT86 TRD Release and Review, All of the extra goodies will make the Toyota GT86 TRD the most expensive model to date. Pricing will start at $33,340, including a mandatory destination charge. That price is $3,800 more than a 2019 Toyota GT86 TRD model.

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