New Toyota 86 2020 Black Limited detailed: Sports car swansong to be restricted to Japan?

Toyota will see out its first-generation 86 sports coupe with the Black Limited variant, which mirrors the AE86 Sprinter Trueno swansong of 1986.

Based on the 86 coupe, the Black Limited sports a (spoilers) black exterior paint scheme with contrasting 17-inch bronze wheels, and will be limited to just 86 units split equally between manual and automatic versions.

Available only in Japan, Toyota Australia has confirmed the Black Limited will not be introduced to local showrooms.

Instead, Toyota Australia will contine to offer ongoing special colour options such as Apollo Blue and Solar Orange instead of one-off limited editions.

Other changes on the 86 Black Limited include ventilated Brembo brakes, Sachs dampers and bootlid spoiler, which can already be optioned to existing vehicles.

Inside, unique black and bronze touches are featured throughout, as well as a bespoke Black Limited plaque to denote the 86’s special status.

The engine remains untouched however, which, as a reminder, is a 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder unit that outputs 152kW/212Nm in six-speed manual form and 147kW/205Nm when paired with a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

Both three-pedal and self-shifting 86s send drive to the rear wheels.

The current Toyota 86 line-up starts at $31,440 before on-road costs for the manual GT, and tops out at $38,940 for the automatic GTS.

Toyota has confirmed that a second-generation 86 is in the works, continuing its partnership with Subaru and the BRZ sister car.

Recent rumours are indicating that the new 86/BRZ sports cars will switch out the 2.0-litre engine for a 2.4-litre turbo-petrol unit delivering up to 194kW/376Nm.

Toyota is expected to reveal the new 86 in the second half of 2020.