This is one special edition that won't be coming to America.
Toyota Japan has announced a new limited edition of the GR86 called the 40th Anniversary Limited Edition. It's not coming to the USA, but don't be too bummed about that because we're technically not missing out, as for 2024, America is getting its own Trueno Edition model.
As you might know, the famous Hachi-Roku AE86 Corolla is celebrating 40 rotations of the sun this year, and since the GR86 is its sideways successor, a special edition model was the only logical course of action.
The model is based on the RZ trim, which is Japan's version of America's top-spec Premium model. You can have it in either white or red paired with decals that hark back to the red/black and white/black two-tone hues used to set Hachi-Roku apart from its lesser siblings.
On the inside, this limited edition model has black perforated seats with red stitching and seatbacks and floor mats with an embroidered 40th-anniversary logo. Most of the satin silver interior elements have been replaced with a more ominous black, and that's about it. We do like the "Since 1983" embroidery, which is something the American special editions don't have.
Thankfully, the US-bound models get the same mechanical upgrades as Japan's homage to the AE86. It ships standard with a set of Brembo ventilated disc brakes and ZF Sachs shock absorbers.
The engine remains the same, and that's fine with us. The 2.4-liter naturally aspirated flat-four suits the car perfectly, and the 228 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque are more than enough to have some fun.
Only 200 units of the 40th Anniversary Limited Edition will be available, making it rarer than the 860 units of the GR86 Trueno Edition made for the USA.
The good news is that the Brembo brakes and ZF Sachs shock absorbers are not limited and can now be ordered as part of a performance package for the 2024 model year. The 2024 MY pricing is not available yet, and it will be interesting to see how much this package adds to the price.
If you can't wait that long, there are still a few 2023 GR86 10th Anniversary Special Editions left over, which was another basic cosmetic package, this one celebrating 10 years since the Toyota 86 was first launched in 2013.