Driving Review: 2020 Toyota 86 With TRD Handling Package

TRD, an acronym for Toyota Racing Development, is an established performance sub-brand that already offers enhancements for Toyota’s pickup trucks and 86 sports car Now we can add the Camry and Avalon to the list. 2020 Toyota Prius Sporty TRD, Price, Release Date, Rumors – Toyota continues to be taking the TRD lineup of accessories to a range of vehicles in current a few months and the Prius is just the most recent model to obtain the treatment method.

The Engine

The engine in Jonathan’s Toyota 86 was stock—meaning there were no modifications to the cylinder heads, camshafts or valves, and it was not running a turbocharger or supercharger—so he competed in the Stock Class. The stock class does allow some chassis modifications, and Jonathan’s 86 was equipped with TRD Performance Dual Exhaust, TRD Sway Bar Kit, TRD Performance Air Intake, TRD Lowering Springs, and TRD Forged 17-In. Wheels, plus Hosier performance tires—that was all.

Toyota 86

The New Design

Comfort and convenience take a big step up with color-matched heated power mirrors; dual-zone automatic climate control; two-stage heated sport front seats with leather bolsters and Granlux suede-like inserts; contrast stitching throughout the interior; Granlux material covering the top of the instrument cluster hood and door trim; and stitched “86” logo embroidered on passenger-side instrument panel fascia; remote trunk release; leather-like knee support cushions for spirited driving and a leather-trimmed gearshift boot and parking brake cover. At the outside, install with h7 led bulb low beam, emitting around 6000 lumens through on the road.

Lower Center of Gravity

Unique coil springs lower each vehicle by 0.6 inches. A lower center of gravity means enhanced stability and handling. But they’re about more than just performance: Their aggressive look is finished off with a front splitter, red-pin-striped side aero skirts, a rear diffuser and a black rear spoiler that complement the thrill of 301 hp underneath the hood.

Toyota 86

V-6 Engine

Starting with the XSE model as a baseline, the Camry TRD uses the same optional 301-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine and backs it up with a freer-flowing exhaust aft of the catalytic converter. More power would be welcome, although the last V-6 Camry XSE we tested reached 60 mph in a plenty satisfying—if slightly slower than Honda’s turbocharged four-cylinder Accord—5.8 seconds. TRD keeps the Camry’s eight-speed automatic transmission and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for manual control. Braking improvements include new 12.9-inch front brake rotors (up 0.9 inches from the XSE’s pieces) with two-piston calipers (instead of single-piston units) and brake feel that has been returned for more directness through the brake pedal.

The engine in Jonathan’s Toyota 86 was stock—meaning there were no modifications to the cylinder heads, camshafts or valves, and it was not running a turbocharger or supercharger—so he competed in the Stock Class. The stock class does allow some chassis modifications, and Jonathan’s 86 was equipped with TRD Performance Dual Exhaust, TRD Sway Bar Kit, TRD Performance Air Intake, TRD Lowering Springs, and TRD Forged 17-In. Wheels, plus Hosier performance tires—that was all.

Toyota 86

Matte-Finish

Lastly, matte-finish 19-inch wheels measure a half-inch wider and cut unsprung weight on the TRD Camry and Avalon by a total of 12.4 and 18 pounds respectively. The success of the cosmetic changes will come down to personal taste; in our eyes, the tuner-Esque splitters and spoilers look oddly appropriate given how aggro these two Toyota sedans have already become.

The previously covered Toyota 86 Hakone Edition (pictured below) also joins the range for 2020. Taking the name from the famous Hakone Skyline highway in Japan, the special model has Hakone Green exterior paint and 17-inch bronze wheels. The interior has a two-tone mix of black-and-tan Alcantara with contrast stitching.

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