2020 Toyota GT 86 Hakone Edition – A Back Road Warrior
If you want a car that is sporty and fun to drive, and you are not looking to blow the doors off of every competitor that comes your way, this could be the car you are looking for.
Engine and Drivetrain
The 2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Edition comes with the 2.0L flat-four and six-speed manual transmission. It’s not the fastest thing on the racetrack, but it is super peppy and a ton of fun to drive. You could take it out on the racetrack on the weekend and drive it with a smile on your face for the rest of the week.
This car is a collaboration between Toyota and Subaru. The Subaru BRZ is the same car underneath. With about 205 HP, it’s not crazy fast, but it offers a great driving experience.
The six-speed manual feels excellent. It has a particular “punch” as you shift into the gears. Some people would dismiss the car for its lack of speed, but I find that very appealing. You will not get going too fast with the four cylinders. So, you probably won’t get into too much trouble in the turns.
Toyota named the Hakone Edition after a strip of road in Japan that has many incredible twists and turns, not to mention beautiful scenery. It is a world-renown road for car enthusiasts. So, Toyota decided to name this package after this historic and exciting stretch of road.
This package includes a dramatic deep green paint (similar to British racing green), custom wheels, and a slick rear spoiler. There is no mechanical difference between this and a non-Hakone package. But, this package dresses up the GT 86 model nicely.
The interior includes an Alcantara dash with a gold Toyota 86 emblem, and tan leather seats with Alcantara inserts. The bucket seats are incredibly form-fitting. The seats get a good grip on you, holding you in place. The doors (right beneath the window) are Alcantara too, which is very classy.
The gauges, controls, and vehicle information readouts are pretty standard. Although, there are a few fun information readouts like the G-force graph and what looks a little like an in-car dyno graph. You also get a timer and lap counter. You can also set the shift light to light up at the RPMs you like. You can set it to 2000 RPM or up to 7400 RPM.
I was thrilled to see this car has Apple CarPlay. If you have read my other reviews, you know I’m a big fan of Apple CarPlay. I think it’s a game-changer for the industry. When you connect, you get instant access to your music, contacts, navigation systems, etc.
The knobs are pretty neat as well. The analog knobs are shaped a little like hexagonal bolts. That makes them easy to use and pretty novel.
If you are going to buy a GT 86, but you’re not interested in modifying it or bolting on parts, this is the model for you. It stands out, it is fun, and it just looks great. For about $30,000, it is one to consider.