The highest trim level of the 2019 Toyota 86 is the TRD Special Edition. For those unfamiliar with Toyota, TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development. One look at this car and you can easily see the influence of the racing world on this car. If you are a part of the racing world and looking for a new sports car with which to compete, even on an amateur level, the 2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition is the one to go for.
Most of the upgrades that this trim level gets are specific to racing and high performance. These include 18” wheels, and sports performance tires which help grip the road better. That alone lends itself very well to racing, particularly on road courses with quick turns and sharp angles.
The 2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition also upgrades to high-performance Brembo brakes. Brembo is world famous for their brakes, particularly in the motorsports world where they outfit IndyCar Series vehicles, as well as Formula One and Supercars autos. Those high-performance and high-quality brakes serve professional drivers and are more than adequate for the 2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition.
If you value aerodynamics and weight in a sports car, the 2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition is worth a close look. This trim level adds spoilers to the front, rear and sides. These allow for smoother airflow over and around the Toyota 86 and reduces wind resistance and drag. Any racer will tell you that when you are performing at high speeds, you will be battling the wind as well as other drivers. These spoilers help redirect that air flow and optimize it in the driver’s favor.
Even with all of the extra stuff added onto the 2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition, the car is only 2,387 pounds. That is great news for racing enthusiasts, as a lighter car not only moves more quickly, it also responds more quickly to the driver.
However, the exterior engineering is not the only racing look the 2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition brings to the table. The only color the TRD Special Edition is available in is black. This trim level also adds a ton of red contrast stitching throughout the interior, as well as red seatbelts. This design scheme really ramps up the look and feel of the racing world.
The Toyota 86 has long been popular in the racing world. And with so many ways to customize your own vehicle using paint jobs and aftermarket parts, the Toyota 86 has developed many different looks at car shows and races. Toyota decided to have a little fun of their own and created this trim level and gave the prospective buyer the racing car they were looking for without having to go through aftermarket parts and accessories shops.
Here is the unfortunate part, though. The 2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition is only getting a limited run. Only 1,418 of these vehicles will be produced. While it is possible that a second batch of these could be in order, Toyota has made no promises about a reprint, of sorts. If you are interested in this sports car specifically designed and built for motorsports, then you should waste no time in getting down to Joseph Toyota and snagging one of these for yourself.