2018 Toyota 86 Adds GT Trim for North America

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

According to a recent report, Toyota is finally adding some comfort features to its 86 sports car.

CarsDirect reports the 2018 Toyota 86 GT will head to the U.S., adding heated seats and new leather upholstery for the seats, steering wheel, and parking brake handle. The steering wheel also gains silver contrast stitching and audio controls. Other interior changes include dual-zone climate control, push-button start with proximity entry, and an anti-theft device. In addition, a new 4.2-inch display has been added that displays a g-force meter, a tachometer, torque output, and temperature.

On the outside, changes are much more subtle, with the addition of an “underbody aerodynamic panel,” which is likely a front splitter. There are also LED fog lights nestled in the front bumper as part of the GT trim. There will be two different GT models available, with the standard 86 GT sporting body-colored accents. The GT Black, which is priced the same, adds Raven Black accents to the mirror caps and rear wing supports.

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Speaking of pricing, the 2018 Toyota 86 GT starts from $29,280 including destination for the six-speed manual model. Opting for the six-speed automatic will cost $720 additional.

Many of the features being added to the 86 GT trim is similar to what’s already found on the Subaru BRZ Limited, which is actually a bit cheaper with a starting price of $28,465 including destination.

*Regular Toyota 86 shown

[Source: CarsDirect]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Kaffekup Kaffekup on Jan 01, 2018

    I'm surprised there isn't a torrent of complaints that there's no new turbo engine. Usually a 'GT' indicates a more powerful engine, as well as comfort features.

  • Rob Rob on Feb 07, 2018

    This is actually the trim I've been waiting for and probably end up being what I get later this year. I love the idea of the car but I'm a fan of the comfortable GT trims like I've had in previous cars like the 350Z. Lets face it the stripper race car is nice in your dreams but living with it daily and on road trips is another story.