The North American arm of Toyota has today revealed the GR86 Trueno Edition which sees the revival of one of the brand’s most significant models, at least in pop culture.
Fans of the mid-1980s Toyota Corolla, commonly referred to by its AE86 chassis code, will undoubtedly know just how iconic the ‘Trueno’ nameplate is thanks to the model’s pop-up headlights and strong link to the anime series Initial D.
Those same fans will be delighted to hear that Toyota has created a special edition GR86 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the AE86’s launch, taking a few highlights from the model of old and bringing them into the new age.
While the GR86 hasn’t been given pop-ups this time around, it has adopted a similar black and white ‘Panda’ paint scheme found on its predecessor with a black-wrapped bonnet and side panel graphics that resemble the old two-tone look. It’ll also be available in another colour scheme called ‘Track bRed’.
Other distinct exterior appointments include a Trueno badge on the front bumper lip and rear decklid, as well as unique black metallic 18-inch wheels, black door handles, and mirror caps.
The special edition isn’t just limited to aesthetics though, as it will come with Sachs Dampers and Brembo Brakes as standard. This will also be available as an upgrade package on the standard GR86 in the US and Canada.
Inside, the seats have been trimmed in Ultrasuede and red leather, while the red stitching on the shift boot and leather steering wheel add to the uniqueness. The Trueno logo can be found on the shift knob and floor mats.
It’s all the same under the bonnet though, with the naturally aspirated 2.4-litre boxer four-cylinder still making 170kW and 249Nm of torque. The Trueno Edition will come with the option of a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.
Unfortunately for us, Toyota only plans to make 860 GR86 Trueno Editions just for North America.