Could this mark the beginning of the end for the current Toyota 86?
Slow sales have left the future of the Toyota 86 sports car in doubt, but recent reports have claimed it will be renewed for the next generation and be rebranded as the GR86. That's a relief because the Toyota 86 is a more affordable sports car than the Toyota GR Supra that's beloved by enthusiasts thanks to its rear-wheel-drive setup, 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine, and an available six-speed manual gearbox delivering a pure driving experience.
However, it looks like the current-generation Toyota 86 could end production soon because Toyota has unveiled a limited-edition swan song model. Dubbed the Toyota 86 Black Limited, the new limited-edition sports car pays homage to the Toyota AE86 Black Limited that launched in 1986 with a black exterior, gold wheels, and a pinstripe to give the legendary AE86 sports car a send-off.
Back in January, Toyota unveiled the 86 Black Limited Concept at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon, and now the special-edition sports car is entering production. Like the original AE86 Black Limited, the new special-edition Toyota 86 is only available in black, if the name didn't already make that clear enough.
It also rides on 17-inch bronze wheels with ventilated Brembo brakes, while other enhancements include a trunk lid spoiler to improve the downforce, SACHS shock absorbers, and new underbody enhancements that help improve airflow. Customers can also ask Toyota to apply a bronze pinstripe as a homage to the AE86 Black Edition. Inside, the interior also gets the black treatment complemented with bronze accents applied to the Black Limited logo on the dashboard.
The heated front seats are finished in leather and Alcantara materials, while the dashboard, instrument panel cover, and door panels are covered in a suede-like artificial leather. Like most special-edition Toyota 86 models, the powertrain hasn't been upgraded, meaning that power is provided by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine producing 205 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque.
While only 400 examples of the original Toyota AE86 Black Limited rolled off the production line, the Toyota 86 Black Line will be even rarer. Only 86 units are planned for production, which will be split evenly between manual and automatic models. There's another catch, too: it's only being sold in Japan. Pricing starts at 3,198,727 yen ($30,870) for the manual version while the automatic model will set you back 3,260,000 yen ($31,460).