For 2019, Toyota has rolled out a new version of the 86, the TRD Special Edition, and before you ask, it makes the same 205 hp it always has. And that's fine! At this point, there's no sense in asking Toyota to offer a more powerful version of this 86. Here's why.
Remember, the new Toyota Supra is on its way, and it'll be offered with a BMW-sourced turbocharged inline four-cylinder making around 250 hp. The Supra should offer a familiar driving experience, too, as the man who created the 86, Tetsuya Tada, is leading its development. Tada has listened to customer feedback on the 86, and heard your calls for more power, and is making the Supra with all that knowledge.
And if you don't want a Supra, there are other options. Toyota and Subaru are working on the next-generation 86/BRZ, and that car will likely get more power, too when it arrives within the next few years. Can't wait? Just buy an 86 now and modify it—after all, it's one of the most tuner-friendly cars on sale, ready for everything from an aftermarket turbocharger, to an LS swap.
This particular version would make a good base for modifications. It receives upgraded Sachs dampers, Brembo brakes, and Michelin Pilot 4 tires wrapped around new 18-inch wheels. We know these dampers and brakes are good, because it's the same stuff available as part of a Performance Package for the Subaru BRZ, though a Toyota spokesperson tells us the damper tuning is unique. The wheels here are Toyota-exclusive, too, while the tires are the same as those on the limited-edition Subaru BRZ tS.
To visually differentiate this from lesser 86s, the TRD Special Edition gets a body kit, and a retro stripe running down its doors, some interior bits. Only 1418 will be built, each painted black, and with an MSRP of $32,420.
This should be a good car. The 86 has a wonderfully playful chassis, and it isn't lacking for power. The real issue is that it's 2.0-liter flat-four lacks character, especially when you compare it to, say, the 2.0-liter inline-four in a Miata. But given that the Supra—and eventually—a more powerful second-generation 86 are on their way, there's no reason to complain.