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2020 Toyota 86 Hakone: New Sport Coupe Emerges

By Arv Voss, January 11th, 2020

-- OVERVIEW

Manufacturer photo: The 86 Hakone Edition features green paint on the exterior that is complemented with 17-inch twisted spoke bronze wheels and a black spoiler
Manufacturer photo: The 86 Hakone Edition features green paint on the exterior that is complemented with 17-inch twisted spoke bronze wheels and a black spoiler

The Scion brand name met its demise several years ago, but its surviving models now simply carry the Toyota moniker. The Scion FR-S sport coupe was part of a joint effort with the Subaru BRZ, and drew from a long history of Toyota performance cars. The model designation disappeared, with the FR-S becoming the Toyota 86. We'll deal here with the special 2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Edition.

-- WHAT IS HAKONE?

The 86 Hakone Edition gets its name from one of the world's great driving roads, the Hakone Turnpike, a famous stretch of road on the top of many driver's bucket lists, which lies only two hours southwest of Tokyo. Toyota chose to pay tribute to this iconic spot.

The 86 Hakone Edition features exclusive Hakone green paint on the exterior that is complemented by a tan leather and black Alcantara interior with 17-inch twisted-spoke bronze wheels and a raised black decklid spoiler.

Manufacturer photo: The 86 Hakone Edition features green paint on the exterior that is complemented with 17-inch 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 along with an embroidered tan Toyota 86 logo on the passenger-side dashboard; the steering wheel, parking brake cover, and shift boot also all feature tan stitching. It also boasts a unique premium trunk carpet with an embossed 86 logo. Consumers purchasing an 86 Hakone Edition receive a pair of tan key gloves and folio cover with a debossed 86 logo and black stitching.

-- HAKONE'S POWER SOURCE

Power is delivered to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with Sport mode, paddle shifters, and Dynamic Rev Management. The power source is a 2.0-liter flat horizontally opposed "boxer" four-cylinder engine with D4-S (Direct and Sequential Port Injection) that cranks out 200 horses at 7,000 rpm, while developing 151 lb.-ft. of torque in a range from 6,400-6,600 rpm in automatic transmission-equipped 86s or 205 hp and 156 lb.-ft. for models with the six-speed manual gearbox.

-- SLEEK AERO STYLING

In terms of its stunning exterior visual appeal, the Toyota 86 Hakone Edition reflects its inner power -- its aerodynamic profile was inspired by the iconic (and now extremely rare and highly collectible) Toyota 2000GT, with a low, sleek roofline that directs airflow cleanly and efficiently over the gracefully curved cabin. The stance is low and the face delivers a menacing competitive look with its sharp expressive lines and forms, such as the wide lower intake and angular headlight assembly that houses projector-beam headlamps. The front fenders protrude aggressively upward, and display the iconic "86" piston badge.

Manufacturer photo: The 86 Hakone Edition features green paint on the exterior that is complemented with 17-inch twisted spoke bronze wheels and a black spoiler

Weight is kept to a minimum with an aluminum hood, a solid roof, and a trunk rather than a hatch design. The low weight is complemented by dynamically tuned suspension componentry consisting of MacPherson struts forward and a double wishbone setup aft. Positive steering feel is provided by electronic power steering and the 86 rides on lightweight 17x7-inch alloy wheels. Ventilated disc brakes are standard at all four corners.

-- COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

The 86 Hakone Edition offers 2+2 seating with deeply bolstered, supportive, and comfortable seats up front, with a rear seatback that folds flat for added versatility and functionality. The 86 has a connected multimedia audio system called BeSpoke powered by Pioneer's Zypr.

-- AS TESTED

My test 2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Edition sport coupe came with the six-speed automatic gearbox and wore the exclusive exterior Hakone Green finish with a Black and Caramel interior. The base sticker was set at $30,590, with the final sticker totaling $31,545.

Manufacturer photo: The 86 Hakone Edition features green paint on the exterior that is complemented with 17-inch twisted spoke bronze wheels and a black spoiler

-- PERFORMANCE

Considering the price point of the 2020 Toyota 86 Hakone 2+2 sports coupe, and its performance credentials, it promises to be a winner, with its enhanced tuning and freshened appearance to match.

Acceleration is most impressive, as are its precise handling characteristics. The ride quality is comfortable, bordering on extra firm for the sake of stability.

The 2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Edition delivers fun in spades under normal driving conditions or on a racecourse. Add Toyota's warranty program structure along with their reputation for reliability, and the 86 Hakone is a no-brainer for the diminutive 2+2 sports coupe set.

Specifications

Base price $30,590 (as tested: $31,545)
Curb weight 2,841 lbs.
Displacement 2.0-liter
Engine type 16-valve Boxer 4-cyl. w/SPFI
Epa mileage rating 24 mpg city, 32 mpg highway
Fuel capacity 13.2 gal.
Horsepower (net) 200 at 7000 rpm
Overall length 166.7 in.
Torque (lb.-ft.) 151 at 4000 rpm
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Vehicle type 2+2-passenger sport coupe
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