Upon initial Googling, you'll find Hakone is a mountainous town known for breathtaking views of Mount Fuji and a world-renowned hot springs resort. But the Toyota GT86 Hakone Edition isn't named for the town's famous hot springs – though, it is hot in its own right. Instead, this GT86 borrows its namesake from the Hakone Turnpike, a stretch of motorway two hours southwest of Tokyo known as one of the best driving roads in the world.
In honour of the iconic snaking pavement, the special GT86 wears upgrades like a custom Hakone Green paint job, 17-inch "twisted" spoke bronze wheels, and a subtle yet stylish black lip spoiler. But it also carries over all the GT86's standard exterior treatments, things like LED headlights and fog lamps, chrome exhaust tips, and power mirrors, among others.
Gallery: 2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Edition
If it all looks a bit familiar, that's because it is. The distinctive GT86 is virtually the same Japan-only special edition released in February. Only, it's called the "British Racing Green Limited" edition GT86 in Toyota's home country of Japan, and "Hakone Edition" GT86 has been confirmed for the United States where it is simply known as "86". Confusing.
Upgrades inside include trim-exclusive tan and black Alcantara seats, tan stitching on the armrests, steering wheel, gear shift lever, and emergency brake, and a tan Toyota 86 logo embroidered on the passenger side dash. Even the boot gets different carpeting with an embossed 86 logo and the key fobs get custom tan gloves. Again, the base 86's interior features like heated seats and cruise control carry over to the Hakone Edition.
What hasn't changed is the engine. The same 2.0-litre four-cylinder from the base model carries over, producing 205 bhp and up to 156 pound-feet of torque with the six-speed manual transmission (or, 151 pound-feet with the six-speed automatic).
The Toyota GT86 Hakone Edition goes on sale this fall. No word on pricing or availability yet for other international markets.
Two hours southwest of Tokyo lies one of the great driving roads in the world, the Hakone Turnpike. This famous stretch of road is on the top of many bucket lists, and Toyota is paying tribute to this iconic spot, as well as other international sports car driving, with the 86 Hakone Edition.
The 86 Hakone Edition will feature Hakone green paint on the exterior that is complemented with 17” twisted spoke bronze wheels and a black spoiler.
The interior features several unique elements including tan and black Alcantara seats and a black sliding armrest with tan trim and black stitching. A tan Toyota 86 logo is embroidered on the passenger-side dashboard, while the steering wheel, parking brake cover and shift boot all get tan stitching. The door trim, knee pad and meter visor will get black stitching. It will also feature a unique premium trunk carpet with an embossed 86 logo.
Everyone that purchases an 86 Hakone Edition will receive a pair of tan key gloves and folio cover with a debossed 86 logo and black stitching.
The 86 Hakone Edition is based off the 86 GT grade and will be available for model year 2020. It will have a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmission and be powered by a 2.0- liter horizontally opposed aluminum boxer four-cylinder engine, fed by Toyota’s D-4S Dual Injection System, delivering 205 hp and 156 lb.-ft. (200 hp and 151 lb.-ft. of torque with the six- speed automatic).
The 86 Hakone Edition offers all the essential standard exterior amenities: LED projector-beam headlights; color-keyed power mirrors; chrome-tipped dual exhaust; front fender-mounted vortex generators; LED fog lamps; and an aerodynamic floor undercover, a steering wheel with integrated audio and Multi-Information Display controls. Other amenities include dual-zone automatic climate control; heated seats; anti-theft system; and cruise control. Other standard equipment includes Smart Key System on driver and passenger doors with Push Button Start, remote keyless entry system with lock, two-stage unlock, panic and trunk release.