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2019 Toyota 86 Plans TRD Special Edition Model

2018 toyota 86 gets trd special edition model

It looks like we’re getting a Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition Model for the 2019 model-year. It was reported on Friday that the sports car’s order guide showed the special edition model that will be aimed at the hardcore crowd.

According to CarsDirect, the TRD treatment, as always, will include plenty of updates and racier looks. The SE trim will have a six-speed manual transmission while the other models will get a six-speed automatic. The trim will also pack Brembo brakes, SACHS dampers, and a TRD exhaust. Finishing off the new look is a TRD body kit with three-piece spoiler and 18-inch split-spoke wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 summer tires.

The order guide described that the TRD package will get a tri-color TRD side graphic. Photos are not available yet, but Toyota will only offer the Special Edition model in Raven Black exterior paint. The 86 SE will get upgrades in the interior as well such as red seat belts, red contrast stitching throughout the cabin, and a TRD logo stitched on the passenger’s side instrument panel.

The 86 SE will not get upgrades on the powertrain. It will have the same 2.0-liter flat-4 engine that produces 205 horsepower. The output is the same with other models.

These extra features will make the 86 TRD Special Edition the most expensive model from Toyota 86 to date. Prices will start at $33,340, which includes a mandatory destination charge. It’s $3,800 more than the 2018 86 GT model. For the 2019 model year, the base and GT trims will make appearances as well.

The Toyota 86 hadn’t hit refresh for quite some time now, but it’s going to take more time before a redesigned 86 and Subaru BRZ appear for the 2021 model year. We’re hoping the new models will get a larger-displacement engine and more powerful motors.

2018 Buick LaCrosse Gets New Sport Touring Trim

buick lacrosse sport touring (1)

There’s a new trim in the Buick LaCrosse family. It’s called the Sport Touring. The Buick LaCrosse Sport Touring is going to be the top trim option in the LaCrosse lineup, packing a whopping 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque.

The Buick LaCrosse is Buick’s flagship model and though it’s technically not a special edition, the features the Sport Touring packs might as well make it one.

Exterior

The exterior gets a monotone theme which included a body-color grille surround. This is the only model that gets such treatment because all the other models received the chrome detail. Aside from that, the Sport Touring trim also has a black mesh grille, a subtle rear spoiler, “ST” badging on the trunk lid, and a new set of 19-inch wheels.

There are five different color options for the sedan: White Frost Tricoat, Satin Steel Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic, Red Quartz Tintcoat, and Ebony Twilight Metallic.

Interior

There might be nothing new in the LaCrosse Sport Touring’s cabin. Buick didn’t mention any changes, so expect the same treatment as the regular LaCrosse. The wraparound dashboard will still be the main feature of the car, and chrome and wood should also be available for this exclusive new trim. There’s a lot we like about the LaCrosse’s interior, particularly the floating center console that’s expected to be in this trim as well.

Performance

Another upgrade the Buick made is on the powertrain. The Sport Touring trim will pack a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that can produce 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in just around six seconds. It has a top speed of 155 mph.

Because this is the flagship model of the Buick LaCrosse line, expect it to have a much higher price tag than its contemporaries. Buick and GMC Marketing Vice President Phil Brook said that the Sport Touring is what Buick means by “luxury.” Among many others, it offers Buick’s “QuietTuning, spirited and efficient performance and the latest in-car connectivity all at a tremendous value to customers.”

The Buick LaCrosse Sport Touring should cost over $40,000.

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