As the Toyota GT86 sports car celebrates its first year of presence in the United Kingdom, the Japanese car maker is going to unveil a fully kitted-out version of it at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The TRD Griffon GT86 promotes the factory-approved TRD parts available for the GT86, and also hints at sportier versions of the car that we know are in the works.
Developed by Toyota Racing Development, the Griffon is designed specifically for track driving. So it’s been lightened, fitted with lots of racing accessories, and gets a revised chassis. The 200hp 2.0 liter boxer engine, however, remains standard.
The weight-saving program begins with the use of carbon fiber bonnet, roof, doors, boot lid and rear wings, and CFRP – that’s carbon reinforced plastic -for the bumpers, wider front wings and rear diffuser. Plus, all the windows are made from polycarbonate material instead of glass.
The interior is pretty business-like, featuring TRD driver’s bucket seat, gear shift knob, ignition button and oil pressure and water temperature gauges, as well as a Momo steering wheel and Takata seatbelts.
As for the technicalities, the Torsen limited-slip differential that makes the GT86 some much fun to drive is replaced by a mechanical LSD that works better on the track, while the suspension system is reinforced with coilovers. What’s more, there is a new engine oil cooler, the brake are upgraded, and the car’s fitted with TWS 18-inch wheels with Yokohama Advan tyres.
You can’t have the Griffon, but you can get a GT86 TRD, fully accessorized with 18-inch alloys, front and side skirts, a rear spoiler, fast-response quad-exhaust and TRD-branded detailing on the filler cap, gear knob and radiator cap.