SCHOOLS OUT – Check the 86 OUT
2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Edition
By: Cathy Droz – HER Certified
It’s funny to say SCHOOLS OUT, since most kids haven’t been in school since March in many states. However, the last day of school for my nine grandkids was overly exciting. It came about the same time they could also leave the house with a mask and try to figure out what six feet away from each other really amounted to. The new normal.
I was excited that week too when the 2020 Toyota 86 Hakone sports car was delivered to me. First look, the color was just awesome (Hakone Green) and the exhaust tunes as they pulled up gave me goosebumps. Since I was sheltering in, and only test driving the manufacturers vehicles close to the house, Icould not get in the 86 fast enough and take her for a spin. It was exhilarating to be in a sports car, shifting gears, listening to music and forgetting about the pandemic for a brief moment.
After several drive by, last day of school celebrations, I finally got to celebrate alone and spend time with a truly cool sports car. I was getting more attention in the “green goddess” than the kids and teachers, so I knew it was time to leave and have some fun.
I like the badging of the 86, all of which has meaning. The 86 was inspired by the AE86 generation of the Corolla, best known as the Hachi-Roku, meaning “8-6” in Japanese. Thus, the FR-S in now known as the Toyota 86.
WHAT IS HAKONE? The Hakone 86 gets its name from one of the great driving roads in the world, the Hakone Turnpike, a famous stretch of road, which lies only two hours southwest of Tokyo. Toyota chose to pay tribute to this scenic landmark and rightly so.
The rear-wheel drive Toyota 86 is a great sports car. I believe it is one of the best-looking, most affordable, and charming sports cars on the road for the price. (Under $30,000). Since my generation can usually whip around in a six speed with no problem… this 86 was truly one of my favorites to work a clutch in heels.
However, the 86 is not the most tech-savvy sports car out there, it is missing a huge contemporary infotainment screen and audio system. I love exhaust tunes and after getting out of the Camaro a month ago, I must say the exhaust sounds from this 86 got some attention, not to mention sending my grandson back in his seat in second gear!
Check out the Interior… I bet you will be in awe with the Hakone Edition’s inspiring tan leather-trimmed, alcantara (look and feel of suede material) insert front sport seats that look like they belong in a $103,000 Lexus sports car. The leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel and leather-wrapped parking brake handle feature tan contrast stitching as does the black sliding armrest. The cabin features another suede-like material on top of the instrument cluster hood, black stitching and tan stitched “86” logo embroidered on the passenger-side.
If you don’t think the Hakone Edition is a big deal, think again, there is more…The Hakone Edition also comes with an exclusive trunk mat with tan “86” embossing and contrast stitching. Owners also receive a pair of tan key gloves and folio cover with a debossed 86 logo and black stitching. WOW!
Some of the Standard Features:
As Tested: $30,825.00
21 MPG City / 28 MPG Highway
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