Published on January 13th, 2020 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Toyota GT86 British Racing Green Should Be Here Now
This car was first shown in February 2019 as a for Japan only model and with limited number available for sale. Many die-hard fans of the 86 was hoping for a Supercharged version or even better a Turbocharged version to exploit the chassis even further. Still, it was a very interesting version again for the 86 and we are sure its sales in Japan outsold its production and owners are happy.
Now, almost a year later this car could easily be brought in by a recon car importer (Approved Permit Holder) for selected (not many units will be on sale in Japan) Malaysians.
Even if the number of variations on the GT86 theme is no longer countable. Malaysians had to wait until 2020 for a stylish interpretation of the sporty Toyota to arrive here, hopefully. On this GT86 British Green, a limited version for the Japanese market. That immediately explains the right-hand steering wheel on the interior photos.
Dubbed the ‘British Green Edition,’ the special 86 was only sold as a Japan only domestic model and its selling price at launch was ¥3,251,880 which is about RM120,785 before local taxes and freight.
As the name of this Limited Edition explains, the bodywork of this Toyota GT86 is dark green or better known as British Racing green. This lacquer finish fits perfectly with the bronze rims with red Brembo calipers. Even the rear spoiler can not fail. The cockpit combines black and cognac brown leather, with brown stitching for the black and black stitching for the brown interior materials.
You can’t do much better for lineage than the legendary Toyota 2000 GT. 86 took design inspiration from the iconic sports car, which shows in its low roof height, flowing front fenders, and sleek profile. The rest is all 21st century with LED front headlamps, daylight running lights, turn signals, and tail lamps.
PRESS RELEASE: On the drive assembly or the chassis is not affected. Just like every Toyota GT86, the British Green Edition relies on a 2-liter boxer engine of 200bhp. Also thoroughly modern is 86’s athleticism. Its 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine, fed by Toyota’s D-4S Dual Injection System, delivers a healthy dose of 205 hp and 156 lb.-ft. of torque with the six-speed manual transmission (200 hp and 151 lb.-ft. of torque with the six-speed automatic).
Among the engine’s high-performance features used to extract just over 100 horsepower per liter of displacement is the Toyota-innovated D-4S Dual Injection system that combines direct-injection and port-injection technologies. The direct-injection system provides a cooling effect in the cylinders, which allows the engine to use a very high 12.5:1 compression ratio for maximum power. The port fuel injectors, meanwhile, come into play during light- and medium-load conditions to maximize combustion efficiency.
Without question, 86 is a thoroughly entertaining, well-balanced machine when the road gets curvy. But it also is an economical commuter when traffic builds, or when a nonchalant cruise is on the menu. The 86 range achieves an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city and 32 mpg highway when equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway with the six-speed manual.
86’s extraordinary low weight benefits fuel economy and agility. At just under 2,800 lbs. (with six-speed manual transmission), 86 is among the lightest sports cars on the market. An ultra-low center of gravity and low 0.29 coefficient of drag (Cd) (0.27 Cd on 86 GT) complete the focus on pure performance and impressive fuel economy.
It’s no mistake that its engine’s “square” dimensions (equal bore and stroke) are 86 mm. For ardent Toyota fans, though, ‘86’ is homage to the AE86, the global name for the Toyota Corolla GT-S. It was an affordable, agile, rear-drive sports coupe with a high-revving 1.6-liter engine that earned a reputation for being a blast to drive. In Japan, it was known as “hachi-roku,” meaning 8-6. Today, many enthusiasts build them into drift machines. On the new model, ‘86’ logos have been incorporated into a badge on the front fender, as well as inside the headlamps.