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2019 Toyota TRD Special Edition 86 quick drive: Better grip and mid-’90s cosmetics

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The Toyota 86 will get better handling and a custom look when the 2019 Toyota TRD Special Edition 86 enters showrooms in August for $33,340.

Toyota says the “Ultimate Performance” 86 gets bigger Brembo brakes (12.8 inches front with four-piston calipers and 12.4/two-caliper rear), Sachs dampers and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, along with a healthy slathering of mid-'80s to mid-'90s aerodynamic and trim features fit for an aerobics instructor wearing a headband and leg warmers. There are no powertrain upgrades listed, so the engine soldiers on with 205 hp in manual trim and 200 in automatic. You can get a few power enhancers for any 86 — including this one, from the TRD catalog — like a high-flow air filter and a cat-back exhaust, which your dealer would be happy to install on your new 86. But for this Special, Toyota opted to stick to handling, aerodynamics and cosmetics.

In fact, if you’re going to add TRD parts to this ride, may I suggest a few more?

As it sat there at the intro, the Special Edition 86 looked like it was riding high, with bigger-than-would-be-cool gaps between the tops of the tires and the bottoms of the wheel arches. First thing you’re going to want to do is add the TRD lowering springs, part No. PTR07-18130. Then get the TRD sway bar and bushing kit. In fact, you might be happy just designing your own 86 using the TRD parts catalog. But you won’t get the look you see here. This package will have its own appeal to its own audience.

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