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Performance fans, motorsport enthusiasts and individualists are set to celebrate as Toyota New Zealand adds two new 86 models to its headline-generating sports coupe line-up - the 86 RC and TR 86.
The 86 RC (Race Competition) gives Kiwi sports car fans the chance to create their own statement with a brand new Toyota 86 that arrives box-fresh and ready for customisation, at an incredibly low entry price.
The RC concept presents an entirely unique experience; a sleek 'blank canvas' to fettle, tune, paint and accessorise in any way desired. The 86 RC has already been met with massive enthusiasm in Japan. New Zealand fans get their turn early next year.
"Cars are hugely personal things, so this is an amazing opportunity for 86 sports car fans to take this head-turning coupe and customise it to suit their individual style," says Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Product Planning, Neeraj Lala. "The 86 RC is all about creating your own personal brand on wheels. Young fans can now buy a brand new car, and express who they are."
He says that the new entry level 86 price and specification will be perfectly pitched so it is in the reach of individualists wanting to heavily accessorise their car, and maybe even take racing at weekends.
"The RC is an 86 through and through, but we know performance specialists and stylists are also keen to get their hands on it in order to see what they can achieve with it."
Boasting the same 147kW two-litre four-cylinder format of its siblings, the six-speed manual 86 RC strips away the superfluous, presenting the ultimate opportunity to tell the world exactly what you're all about in your own style. For example there's no audio componentry, because customisers will prefer to add their own systems for the ultimate sound.
Uniquely the 86 RC's front and rear bumpers ship unpainted because Toyota knows a tailored paint job will be high on the prospective owners 'to do' list. The RC's only factory nod to options list finery are its 16" machined graphite alloys and low boot spoiler.
"Well before the keys are even handed over, the owner can customise and upgrade the 86 RC however they see fit," continues Lala. "There is a vast array of opportunities to individualise the 86 including a full range of TRD parts or local Toyota performance accessories like wheel upgrades, exhaust systems and suspension packs to choose from. Or they can build the car of their dreams with third party components; it's completely up to them."
If the 86 RC heralds a unique opportunity to make a totally original statement, the new TR 86 race car is tailor made for those who want to get serious about racing.
Toyota has built a prototype version of an 86 racing car named TR 86 (Toyota Racing 86) which is fully loaded and race ready. Not limited to just the track, the TR 86 will be legal to drive on the road as well, enabling plenty of applications, from rallying to a trip down to the dairy to get milk.
"While the prototype has been developed to explore the possibility of a one-make track series, customers may find it's equally suitable for other racing interests on or off-road," says Lala.
Built from locally developed race components, the TR 86 is the ultimate turn-key race car. It features an FIA compliant homologated roll cage, race-tuned suspension, performance exhaust system, ECU map upgrade, racing brake package and an 18"wheel and tyre package; while the cockpit features include customised race seats, steering wheel and 6-point seatbelts.
Both new iterations of the critically-acclaimed 86 will be on sale early in 2013.