The Toyota GT 86 sure is getting a ton of mileage ever since it was introduced last year. The sports coupe’s popularity in the market has even given Toyota the justification to build a special edition GT 86 that celebrates the automaker’s participation at the VLN Endurance Championship this year.
What it didn’t tell us was that the GT 86 Cup Edition would also serve the role as the VLN Endurance Championship’s official pace car, as shown in the pair of photos that were released of the heavily dressed GT 86 Cup Edition.
Officially, it’s called the GT 86 Cup Edition Pace Car and it comes with some features that are unique to it. Thanks to TRD, the GT 86 Cup Edition Pace Car received a new rear diffuser, front and rear aprons, new side skirts, a bigger trunk-lid spoiler, quad exhaust pipes, a stabilizer set, a carbon-fiber strut bar, and last but not least, exterior foil wrapping that separates it and distinguishes itself as the series’ official pace car.
As far as power goes, the GT 86 Cup Edition Pace Car will carry the same 2.0-liter inline four engine that produces 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque with a 0-to-60 mph time of 7 seconds and a top speed of slightly over 143 mph.
Click past the jump to read about the Toyota GT 86 Cup Edition
Toyota GT 86 Cup Edition
The Toyota GT 86 Cup Edition is a real treat. Not only is it classified as a special edition GT 86, but it also carries some unique features that justify its label.
Whether it’s the choice of three different colors - Dynamic White Pearl, Furious Black Mica and Racing Red - or the addition of some new aerodynamic components, the GT 86 Cup Edition packs a pretty impressive punch.
Equally impressive is the interior, which received its own share of goodies in the form of a plush Alcantara trim on the steering wheel rim, upper sections of the door, seats and the dashboard, as well as a brushed aluminum badge showing the car’s serial number.