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Affordable 86 RC to debut online

Toyota New Zealand has announced pricing for the entry model in the award-winning 86 sports coupe line-up, which will be available exclusively online throughwww.the86.co.nz.

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; a sports-orientated 'blank canvas' to tune, paint and accessorise in any way desired.

Furthering Toyota's commitment to give customers the ability to own niche, enthusiast models in its range, the 86 RC will be available from 1st May, 2013 at an exclusive online-only price of $33,986.

Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Sales and Operations, Steve Prangnell says, "The fantastic price we're offering the 86 RC for really underlines just how much we want people to experience everything this sports car is capable of.

"The 86 already has an enthusiastic following in New Zealand and this new entry-level 86 RC will help extend this dynamic sports coupe's availability to an even larger audience."

Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Product and Marketing, Neeraj Lala says, "Almost everyone in New Zealand is connected to the web these days. Buying online is an accepted and trusted way of doing business."

"It's the way the world is moving and it provides enthusiasts with the ability to purchase niche cars in our range that would otherwise only be available overseas. There's more choice and, of course, more of an opportunity to take advantage of great pricing as a result."

Keen fans purchasing their unique 86 RC via the web-only offer can feel comfortable and confident securing their car online too. Vehicles will be delivered through their local Toyota dealer, ensuring the top quality after sales support they experience is of the same high standard any Toyota customer receives.

Performance specialists and stylists eager to get their hands on the 86 RC to see what can be achieved with it are able to choose from a full range of TRD parts, or locally developed custom performance accessories.

Examples of the TRD options available include 18" forged alloy wheels with either Michelin or Potenza tyre packages, exterior side skirts and front and rear spoilers, a monoblock brake kit and a Torsen LSD. A range of suspension upgrades are also available, including adjustable shocks and springs. TRD developed sports gauges can be added too, giving the driver additional engine information.

Alternatively customisers can build the sports car of their dreams with third party components - it's completely up to the individual.

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 for owners to tell the world exactly what they're all about in their own style.

There's no audio hardware, for example, because customisers will prefer to add their own unique system. Also the 86 RC's front and rear bumper units, exterior mirrors and door handles all ship unpainted because Toyota knows a tailored paint job will be high on the prospective owners 'to do' list.

The RC is a true 'blank canvas' sports car, being initially available only in white. But owners can choose from an extensive range of colours to finish unpainted panels, offering the ability to own a uniquely styled 86 unlike any other on Kiwi roads.

Even the air conditioning has been removed for optimal weight leaving the model's only factory nods to options list finery as its 16" machined graphite alloys and low boot spoiler.

Late last year the 86 capped off its first year on sale by winning the title of 2012 New Zealand Car of the Year. The model topped voting across 10 finalists assessed by the New Zealand Motoring Writers' Guild, who partnered with the New Zealand Automobile Association in the awards for the first time in 2012. The 86 also picked up the Sports/Performance category award.

Further details on the new 86 RC can be found atwww.the86.co.nz.