We already know that an all-new Toyota 86 / Subaru BRZ will be coming soon. Both brands have already confirmed this back in September 2019 after further strengthening their ties.
But it looks like Toyota is not yet done making more one-offs of the two-seater sports coupe. Just recently, Toyota took the covers off the 86 Black Limited, an all-black special that features bespoke exterior and interior enhancements.
Specially made to celebrate the AE86 Black Limited released way back in January 1986, the 86 Black Limited Concept stays true to the original's dark theme. Aside from the obvious black paint scheme, it features special 17-inch alloy wheels finished in bronze. Providing a bit of contrast against the black finish are the red brake calipers courtesy of Brembo. Finally, Toyota put a distinct pinstripe painted in bronze, a direct nod to the old school AE86 Black Limited.
Just like the exterior, Toyota put an all-black interior for this particular 86. Subtle touches of bronze, however, give the interior a flashier finish. Meanwhile, the seats are covered in both leather and Alcantara, while the dashboard is finished in a suede-like material for a fancier look and feel. To remind occupants that they are in something special, the passenger side features a unique 'Black Limited' imprint placed on the material itself.
Mechanically, this blacked-out 86 is still powered by the familiar 2.0-liter, direct-injection flat-four engine. It puts out 200 PS, along with 205 Nm of torque. Power is then shifted via a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Giving the 86 better riding comfort and stability are special shock absorbers from SACHS. In addition, Toyota tweaked the 86's underbody in order to improve airflow.
Looking to get one? Sadly there will only be a total of 86 units and all are meant for the Japanese market only. The manual version retails for JPY 3,518,000 (about PhP 1,729,259) while the automatic variant has a sticker price of JPY 3,586,000 (about PhP 1,762,684).
With the AE86 Black Limited serving as the original swan song, perhaps Toyota is already saying goodbye to the 86 with the new special edition model. If this is indeed goodbye, then it's a fitting farewell indeed. On the bright side, this could mean Toyota is kicking things into high gear in developing the all-new generation 86. The only question now is when will it be released, and will it have a bigger 2.4-liter engine under the hood?