Toyota isn't shy of launching special editions of its GT86 in a bid to push slow sales - but the latest Orange Edition is definitely something we can get behind. It's finished in blazing Solar Orange paintwork, while contrasting metallic black door mirrors and rear spoiler complete the look.
Inside is more reserved, with little change apart from (relatively) discreet orange stitching in the black leather and Alcantara seats.
Internet forum warriors have been complaining that the GT86 needs more power to be a true alternative to the ever-more-powerful hot hatch market, but Toyota's sticking to its line that 200hp is adequate. That power comes from a 2.0-litre Boxer engine situated up front, sending all of its horses to the rear wheels via a limited-slip diff.
That means it'll take the usual 7.6 seconds if you opt for the manual box, raising to 8.2 seconds if you prefer your sports cars with just the two pedals.
Like its engine, everything else about the GT86 remains the same as the top-spec Pro model. You get Toyota's Touch 2 infotainment system with DAB and Bluetooth along with heated front seats and aluminium sports pedals.
The firm says the new special edition is the first of its new Club Series, "a new stamp of quality for limited edition versions of the GT86." That suggests we could yet more GT86 special editions in the near future, following on from the bright yellow Giallo and the stripey Blanco.
Prices start at £28,800 for the GT86 Orange Edition when paired with the six-speed manual transmission, raising to £30,270 with the automatic 'box.
Gallery: 2017 Toyota GT86 Orange Edition
Toyota’s motorsport heritage, from grassroots enthusiasts to international pro-racing, is celebrated in Club Series, a new stamp of quality for limited edition versions of the GT86. Club Series has been created to capture all the qualities of performance, style and handling prowess that distinguish Toyota’s coupe as an authentic driver’s car.
The first Club Series model breaks cover this month, the new GT86 Orange Edition, adding high visual impact to the coupe’s proven status as a car that’s all about pure driving pleasure. It makes its mark with unmissable Solar Orange bodywork, a blazing colour that achieves extra depth of tone thanks to a special triple-coat paint process. The eye-catching effect is heightened by a metallic black finish applied to the rear spoiler tips and door mirror housings, and a set of Anthracite 17-inch alloy wheels.
For a full gallery of GT86 Orange Edition photographs, click here.
In the cabin the front sports seats are upholstered in black leather and Alcantara with contrast orange stitching, while the dashboard and door panel trims are covered in black suede, also with orange stitchwork. Other key equipment features include the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system with DAB and Bluetooth, heated front seats, aluminium sports pedals, a limited slip differential and performance brake discs and pads.
The Orange Edition preserves all the characteristics that have sealed GT86’s standing as one of the best-handling cars on the market, quality founded on its perfectly balanced chassis, low centre of gravity and unique drive configuration of a front-mounted 197bhp naturally aspirated 2.0-litre boxer engine with rear-wheel drive.
Light and lithe, GT86 captures the spirit of Toyota’s finest sports models of the past, such as the 2000GT of the mid-sixties and the 1980s’ classic AE86 Corolla, while delivering all the quality and precision today’s customers expect and appreciate. It’s proving itself a popular and successful competition car, too: Toyota Motorsport’s GT86 CS-R3 has brought rear-wheel drive engineering back to rallying and the CS-Cup version is the latest development of GT86 for circuit racing events, including Europe’s VLN endurance series.
The new Club Series GT86 Orange Edition is on sale now, price £28,800 with six-speed manual transmission, £30,270 with six-speed automatic gearbox.