The Toyota 86 has always been a punchy little sports coupe, but now it’s getting the looks to match with the 2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Edition. Launching as a tribute to the Hakone Turnpike, the iconic driving road two hours southwest of Tokyo, it sees the 86 given a makeover outside and in.
It’s based on the 2020 model year 86, and in particular the 86 GT grade. The standard engine goes unchanged: a 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder, with Toyota’s D-4S Dual Injection System. That’s good for 205 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque in automatic form, while a six-speed manual version gets 200 hp and 151 lb-ft.
However the style sets the Hakone Edition apart from the rest of the 86 line-up. For a start there’s special Hakone green paint, paired with 17-inch twisted spoke bronze wheels. Toyota then adds a contrasting black spoiler.
The 2020 86 GT’s standard LED projector beam headlamps, color-keyed power mirrors, and chrome-tipped dual exhaust are kept, as are the LED fog lamps and aerodynamic floor undercover.
Inside, there are unique tan and black Alcantara seats, along with a black sliding armrest that gets tan trim and black stitching. The Toyota 86 logo is stitched in tan on the passenger side of the dashboard. The steering wheel, parking brake cover, and shift boot have tan contrast stitching, while the door trim, knee pad, and meter visor have black stitching.
There’s a special trunk carpet, with an embossed 86 logo, but otherwise this is the 86 cabin as we know it. The GT gets dual-zone automatic climate control and heated seats, along with keyless entry with push-button start, cruise control, and an anti-theft system. Toyota will also be including a pair of tan key gloves, along with a folio cover with a debased 86 logo and black stitching, to match the car’s trim.
With no extra power on tap, this is really for those drivers who want an 86 in their life but don’t want it to look like anybody else’s. Only a limited number of Hakone Edition cars will be produced – Toyota isn’t saying quite how many at this stage – and they’ll arrive in dealerships this coming fall. Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but a regular 86 GT starts from $29,355.