Meet the Toyota GT86 Orange Edition. And no, there are no prizes for guessing what its ‘thing’ is.
“It makes its mark with unmissable Solar Orange bodywork,” says Toyota, “a blazing colour that achieves extra depth of tone thanks to a special triple-coat paint process.” There are contrasting black bits – such as the spoiler and the side mirrors – to further highlight the orange.
It’s the reverse inside, with much blackness brightened up by some orange stitching. The GT86’s interior has never been its strong suit, but this is probably the most appealing it’s ever looked.
Rather like the multitudinous special editions of the rival Mazda MX-5, there are no mechanical upgrades beneath the orangey goodness. So the GT86’s rear wheels continue to be powered by a low-slung 2.0-litre petrol engine, free of turbos and producing a modest 197bhp, enough for a 7.6sec 0-62mph time and 140mph top speed.
Prices are £28,800 for a manual GT86 Orange Edition (the one you want) or £30,270 for the automatic (the one you really don’t). That makes it nearly £2,000 more than a base GT86, so you’ll really have to want that orange paint.
And if you don’t, Toyota tells us this is the first in a line of ‘Club Series’ GT86 specials. Wonder if it’s planning on making its way through the whole felt tip highlighter palette?