Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/19/20 11:34 a.m.
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The Hakone Turnpike is, arguably, one of the best driving roads in the world. Toyota seems to think so, too, and has celebrated it with a special edition 86. That's like Ford building a "Tail of the Dragon" edition Mustang, or Chevrolet making a special edition Camaro named after the Pacific Coast Highway.

What makes the Hakone Edition special? Mechanically, the Hakone Edition shares the same equipment as the GT trim—that means 205 horsepower for the manual and 200 horsepower for the automatic. Looks-wise, this special edition 86 comes with bronze wheels, exclusive Hakone Green paint, tan leather and a black Alcantara interior.

Read our driving impressions below.

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mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
5/19/20 11:41 a.m.

They couldn't put a tan panel on the door to tie the whole thing together? 

Lovely color though. 

Cactus
Cactus HalfDork
5/19/20 11:47 a.m.

It was a mistake that this paint wasn't available from day 1.

Tyler H (Forum Supporter)
Tyler H (Forum Supporter) UberDork
5/19/20 12:23 p.m.

I'm not usually a hater, but what's with the orange peel in the paint on the 2nd photo? Hopefully just a camera effect.

That would be unacceptable quality to me for a new car. 

It does look good in the bright sunlight photo.  It's a throwback to Aquamarine Pearl, which I think was on every other MR2 built in 91-92.

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/19/20 12:23 p.m.
Cactus said:

It was a mistake that this paint wasn't available from day 1.

It's a mistake that this paint isn't availalbe on every car built. 

BoxheadTim
BoxheadTim MegaDork
5/19/20 12:28 p.m.

I'd rock that if the Alfa lease didn't have another couple of years to run.

Brett_Murphy (Forum Patrón)
Brett_Murphy (Forum Patrón) MegaDork
5/19/20 12:31 p.m.

Yep. I love that color.

Brett_Murphy (Forum Patrón)
Brett_Murphy (Forum Patrón) MegaDork
5/19/20 12:31 p.m.
Tyler H (Forum Supporter) said:

I'm not usually a hater, but what's with the orange peel in the paint on the 2nd photo? Hopefully just a camera effect.

 

Where are you seeing orange peel?

MrFancypants
MrFancypants Reader
5/19/20 12:56 p.m.

They finally put a nice looking set of wheels on it.

DirtyBird222
DirtyBird222 UberDork
5/19/20 1:21 p.m.

There's a Toyota dealer here that has two of these sitting on the lot. They've been there since October. I want one but damn $30k is a lot for an 86. The color combo is almost worth it - the dealer won't budge on the price either. 

It's amazing in person and I was drooling over them even as they were sitting next to a new Supra in a bland shade of gray. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/19/20 1:24 p.m.

In reply to Tyler H (Forum Supporter) :

I think you might be seeing light hit side marker from a weird angle.

Check out the third and fourth pictures to see it from different sides.

 

secretariata (Forum Supporter)
secretariata (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
5/19/20 1:25 p.m.

They should have left the interior all black. That brown ugly stripe inserted into the interior makes me think somebody made an unfortunate lunch decision...

barefootskater
barefootskater SuperDork
5/19/20 1:56 p.m.

The dealer I was slinging parts for got a couple of these shortly before I left. Pretty things. They still have two on their website though so maybe the looks aren't worth the price tag? $32k iirc. Seems steep to me. Still, pretty. 

Tyler H (Forum Supporter)
Tyler H (Forum Supporter) UberDork
5/19/20 2:16 p.m.
Brett_Murphy (Forum Patrón) said:
Tyler H (Forum Supporter) said:

I'm not usually a hater, but what's with the orange peel in the paint on the 2nd photo? Hopefully just a camera effect.

 

Where are you seeing orange peel?

irish44j (Forum Supporter)
irish44j (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/19/20 2:51 p.m.
mazdeuce - Seth said:

They couldn't put a tan panel on the door to tie the whole thing together? 

Lovely color though. 

This. The way it is in that picture it looks like somebody just stuck some aftermarket seats in it that don't match. Matching door panels really would have finished the look

TJL (Forum Supporter)
TJL (Forum Supporter) HalfDork
5/19/20 3:16 p.m.

Unfortunately, decent paint on a new car has become pretty rare.

buzzboy
buzzboy Dork
5/19/20 8:17 p.m.

Those seats look amazing. Look comfy and supportive

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
5/19/20 8:33 p.m.
TJL (Forum Supporter) said:

Unfortunately, decent paint on a new car has become pretty rare.

Unless you buy Euro.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
5/19/20 8:36 p.m.
barefootskater said:

The dealer I was slinging parts for got a couple of these shortly before I left. Pretty things. They still have two on their website though so maybe the looks aren't worth the price tag? $32k iirc. Seems steep to me. Still, pretty. 

If i had $32k. (and if this were a Subaru not a Toyota, I would make it happen), I'd find it worth it.

 

I am assuming here that they still do suspension tuning differences that make the Toyota version a 5/10s "whee" car while the Subaru is tuned for much more aggressive driving

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/19/20 8:56 p.m.

In reply to secretariata (Forum Supporter) :

Sort of related, but I always thought that the British Racing Green '91 Miata would have looked cool with black seats against the tan leather interior. 

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
5/20/20 5:38 a.m.

Hold the phone, what is with the power graph on the dash?  Is it a real time power output display, or does it just function like a tachometer but with better meaning?

 

Either way, I like it.  

secretariata (Forum Supporter)
secretariata (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
5/20/20 6:10 a.m.
buzzboy said:

Those seats look amazing. Look comfy and supportive

They look like the stock seats which are both provided the occupant isn't too wide. 

ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
5/20/20 8:48 a.m.

In reply to Pete. (l33t FS) :

Its more like a tachometer just showing where you are in the hp and torque curve relative to your RPM. 

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