Ever heard of Hakone? This Japanese town has a jaw-dropping view of Mount Fuji along with one of the best hot springs resorts in the world. However, none of these are the reason Toyota have launched a new GT86 Hakone Edition. Instead, this car manufacturer is paying homage to one of the best driving roads on the planet – the Hakone Turnpike.
Known as the ‘Japanese Nurburgring,’ the Hakone Turnpike has become a destination for those who want to push their cars to the limit. This relatively empty road twists and turns up the mountain, with long straights and sweeping curves that will take your breath away. This private toll road is where the majority of the Japanese motoring magazines test drive cars – and for good reason, too! Around two hours from Tokyo, this is a must-visit destination for gearheads in Japan.
It makes sense, then, that the Japanese car manufacturer would pay homage to one of their home country’s most famous roads. The new GT86 comes with all of the standard exterior treatments, along with a Hakone Green paint job, a black spoiler, and “twisted” bronze wheels. Some Toyota fans may think it looks a little similar to another GT86 released back in February 2019, however…
British Racing Green Limited Edition
Yes, the eagle-eyed of you may have noticed the similarities between the Hakone Edition and the British Racing Green Limited edition. Head to Japan and you’ll be able to buy the British Racing Green version. However, if you’re in the U.S. then you’ll only be able to get your hands on the Hakone version – and it’s simply known as “86.” So, you can buy the Hakone Turnpike themed car in America, but not in Japan. And you can buy the British Racing Green Limited Edition in Japan only. Confused? As are we.
Luckily, we don’t have to wait too long until we can get our hands on one. While there is little information on price or availability, we do know the Hakone Edition will be coming this fall. We’re sold!