Despite most of the hype surrounding Toyota at the moment revolving around the brand new Supra, it was completely unexpected that the Japanese manufacturer would release yet another special edition model for their current signature sports coupe. After the success of their 'Club Series Orange' model featuring minor styling enhancements in the form of orange interior stitching and striking 'Solar Orange' exterior paint, the new Club Series Blue model brings both a brand new 'Electric Blue' colour on top of an all new optional performance pack which includes a Sachs-tuned suspension setup with Sachs Performance dampers, along with Brembo brakes and new 17" black alloy wheels to compliment the red brake calipers.
You really get a lot of bang for buck with the special edition models, being the highest trim level available for the Toyota GT86 they include all the features available on the 'Pro' trim level (17" alloys, Toyota Touch 2 Multimedia system, DAB radio & Bluetooth Connectivity, heated partial leather and Alcantara seats, leather center armrest, Auto LED headlights and LED Daytime running lights and a rear spoiler.
All of this kit on top of the standard limited slip differential, excellent driving position and low centre of gravity makes for one of the best drivers cars you can buy for the money. It is worth noting that there is still no change to the cars 197bhp 2.0 litre boxer engine, with the 0-62 time being 7.6 seconds (or 8.2 in the automatic variant) and the top speed still sits at 140 mph (130mph in the auto). The 86' was the fastest car in the Toyota range until the Yaris GRMN made its debut, though it's likely both of these cars won't be able to stand up to the upcoming Supra.
This car really isn't one to be in awe of on paper stats, it's a car you have to experience and leave you with a smile on your face to understand why the marque has such a cult following.
The Toyota GT86 Club Series Blue has a starting OTR price of Â£29,980 with its main rivals being the Mazda MX-5 RF and Audi TT. Each of these models bring something different to the table, the Mazda will be favoured by those that prefer the open-top driving experience whereas TT enthusiasts will appreciate the added level of interior comfort and luxury included in Audi ownership. As for the '86, if you need any more convincing, take a look at Top Gears latest reasonably fast car.