The Toyota 86 has developed a huge following since its release. When it comes to affordable fun, the 86 ticks every box. With rear-wheel-drive, a lightweight body, a manual transmission and immense tuning capabilities, it’s no surprise that it has become Australia’s best-selling sports car.

TOY_86_Blackline_Edition_151104p3274hrJoining the 2016 V8 Supercar calendar is the Toyota 86 Racing Series, an all-new single-make category that will feature 32 cars, five rounds and a plethora of amateur drivers competing for a $125,000 prize.

To celebrate the lead up to the first round, Toyota has developed a factory tuned 86 variant. Dubbed the Toyota 86 Blackline edition, the car features a new body kit with TRD touches, some 17-inch wheels, and a ‘sporty’ black interior.

TOY_86_Blackline_Edition_151105p3317hrThe Blackline is distinguished from its siblings by its twin black stripes along the roof and bonnet, its ‘white liquid’ paint and red cosmetic highlights that can be found within.

Unfortunately, the special edition 86 will retain its naturally aspirated  2.0-litre boxer motor that is capable of a modest 147kW power and 205Nm of torque. Customers will have a choice of a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Other standard features will include a 6.1-inch touch screen display, auto-levelling HID headlamps, dual-zone climate-control, and leather-accented front seats with Alcantara inserts.

Limited to 450 units, the Toyota 86 Blackline Edition will start at $37,990 for the manual and $40,490 for the automatic equivalent.

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