The Toyota 86 is a bit of a diamond in the rough, but the Hakone Edition visual upgrades add a welcome bit of polish.
It's almost a cliche to call Toyota's 86 "underrated," but the nimble sports car doesn't really get the respect it deserves -- especially now that it lives in the shadow of the new Toyota Supra.
Yes, the coupe is a bit underpowered with just 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque in its most potent form.
But the 86's strength lies in its fantastic handling and engaging drive. It may not be the fastest 'round a circuit, but it feels downright heroic.
The Hakone Edition adds a bit of visual polish to this diamond in the rough, coating the sheetmetal in gorgeous Hakone Green paint and filling the arches with bronze 17-inch wheels.
This example was outfitted with the optional automatic transmission. It's not the worst slushbox I've had to use, but the 86 is best experienced with a stick shift.
The relatively narrow 215-width tires allow the 86 to easily wiggle its tail, despite being low on power.
The 86 leaves a bit of performance on the table, a remnant of its former life as a mod-it-yourself Scion model.
Unfortunately, the echoes of Scion have left the 86 with extremely basic cabin tech. This rear camera tucked into the mirror, for example, is downright terrible.
This engine is shared with the Subaru BRZ.
Keep on going for more photos of the Hakone Green 2020 Toyota 86 or check out Roadshow's full review for more details.