Own a Toyota 86 Hakone Edition and Make Everyone 'Green with Envy'
We know--it's beautiful. The Toyota 86 Hakone Edition's green exterior adds a lot of 'oomph' to the regular 86 it's almost illegal. And when it's named after the Hakone Turnpike--one of Japan's iconic roads--then you know it's quite special.
So what's the thing with the Hakone Turnpike? It's dubbed as Japan's Nurbugring, with its elevated parts and challenging curves irresistible to motorists and automotive reviewers alike. This toll road is privately-owned, but has made a name for itself as the road to test how far a car (and its driver) can go.
Think of it as the automotive version of the highly-popular Ninja Warrior (or Sasuke Rising) in Japan. But instead of torturing those athletes to the height of masochistic gratification, it does it with vehicles. Really, if we'd be forced to choose between the two, we'd tell you to hold your breath (and prepare to get suffocated in the process).
This edition is similar to its GT 86 cousin in many ways, save for its strikingly rich color, bronze, 17-inch twisted spoke wheels, and black spoiler. The tan and black Alcantara seats, together with the stitching on the seats, steering wheel, and parking brake also add a dash of elegance inside.
Still,we found it a bit too dark--even plain. It would have been better to add lighter contrasts--like wood finishes-- to add texture and character to the design.
This 86 limited-edition sports coupe still sits with the same 2.0-liter cylinder boxer engine. The output also remains the same: around 205 hp pushing in 212 Nm of torque. It's available with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Price of the manual variant starts at USD30,825 (around PHP1,591,803), while the 'matic costs USD31,545 (around PHP1,628,983). Its initial release will be in the U.S.