Australia to get Toyota 86 Blackline Edition
Since it was launched in 2012, the Toyota GT86 has been Australia’s best-selling sports car and now a limited edition Blackline version has been announced. What can we expect?
With just six months to go before the Toyota 86 Racing Series kicks off, the Japanese car giant has made an announcement that it will release a special edition version of Australia’s best-selling sports car.
The Toyota 86 Blackline Edition, as it’s known, boasts some choice parts from Toyota’s racing arm – Toyota Racing Development (TRD) – including a subtle body kit, gloss black 17-inch alloy wheels and distinctive red highlights to complement the car’s overall appearance. The TRD front spoiler, side skirts, three-piece rear spoiler, rear bumper and fender garnishes really make the Blackline Edition standout from the 86 crowd.
While racing enthusiasts and those with a need for speed are always searching for the red line in their sports cars, the Toyota 86 Blackline Edition takes its name from the fact that it has black lines running across its roof and down its bonnet. These are further accentuate by the car’s “white liquid” exterior paint colour.
The 86 Blackline Edition will be limited to just 450 units – 250 manuals and 200 automatics, priced from $37,990 and $40,490 respectively.
Unfortunately, the 86 Blackline Edition doesn’t feature any engine modifications, but it is based on the top-of-the-line 86 GTS variant. So that means Toyota’s 2.0-litre direct-injection four-cylinder engine will still be powering the Blackline and it’ll have satellite navigation, keyless start, HID headlights, dual-zone climate control and LED daytime running lights.
On the inside the 86 Blackline Edition has splashes of red on the steering wheel, gear knob, handbrake lever, door grips and seats, to give it an even sportier feel.
The Blackline Edition 86 also comes with Toyota’s full suite of safety features, including seven airbags, a reversing camera and stability and traction controls.
You can find out more by reading the official Toyota Australia press release here.