The Hakone turnpike in Japan is renowned for its twists and turns as it takes drivers through the scenic, mountainous pass of the Hakone Skyline. It’s also famous for being one of the world’s best driving roads, so much so that in April, Toyota announced the Toyota 86 Hakone edition, created in honor of that iconic stretch of road. This limited edition car will be available in North America soon (and only in North America), so there’s no better time to learn more about it than now. There’s a lot to unpack, so settle in as we give you all the highlights of this gorgeous special edition of the Toyota 86.
The Hakone Turnpike is a privately-owned toll road that winds through the mountains. It’s about a two-hour drive from Tokyo and it’s gained fame among tourists and drivers alike for it’s wide, sweeping turns and inclined straight stretches, giving you not only a pleasurable driving experience but a breathtaking glimpse of the passing scenery, as well.
The Turnpike is incredibly popular as a place for members of the motor press to test drive cars of all types, describes Ken Saito of Jalopnik, which means that it’s not unusual to see an interesting mix of vehicles when you’re driving on it. Legendary for not only how beautiful it is but for how enjoyable it is to traverse, it only makes sense that Toyota chose to create this special edition of the 86 in honor of this famous road.
The 86 Hakone Edition has an exterior color that is entirely unique unto itself, a stunning shade of green that’s almost identical to the British Racing Green found on the Japan exclusive special edition. In addition to this, there’s also a rear spoiler in black and cast aluminum, bronze-finished 17-inch wheels; both of which augment the car’s striking color. Other exterior goodies include LED fog lights and headlamps, chrome exhaust tips, and power mirrors.
On the inside you’ll find a bevy of other very attractive features, says Jeff Perez of Motor 1, including tan and black Alcantara seats with contrasting stitching and the “Toyota 86” logo on the embossed floor mats and embroidered on the dash. To complete the luxury feel, there’s also tan stitching on the armrests, gear shift, steering wheel, and parking brake. You’ll likewise find the “86” logo embossed in tan on the carpeted interior of the trunk. You can look forward to standard features such as heated seats and cruise control, and drivers who purchase the Hakone edition also get extras in the form of a tan leather folio and a pair of key pouches.
The Hakone edition doesn’t divert mechanically from the base 86. It has the same 2.0-liter (L) engine capable of 205 horsepower (hp) and 165 pound-feet (lb-ft.) of torque, reports Joey Capparella of Car and Driver, paired with a six-speed manual transmission that funnels power to the rear wheels only. It’s enough to give the Hakone Edition 86 enough oomph to get from zero to 60 miles per hour (mph) in a little more than six seconds. There’s an optional six-speed automatic transmission and the difference in output is hardly noticeable: 200 hp and 151 lb-ft. of torque.
It goes without saying that we here at Westbury Toyota are beyond excited that the Toyota 86 Hakone Edition is soon to be seen right here in North America. From the breathtaking exterior color to the eye-catching leather and stitching contrasts of the interior, the Hakone Edition finds multiple memorable ways to stand out from your average performance vehicle.