Toy­ota coupe pays homage to a Kiwi great

Rotorua Review - - MOTORING - ROB MAETZIG

Toy­ota New Zealand has paid homage to the late Kiwi rac­ing driver Chris Amon by pro­duc­ing a very lim­ited edi­tion of its GT86 sports coupe.

Just 10 bright or­ange $55,990 ’Chris Amon Edi­tion’ GT86 have been built, each of them with unique So­lar Flare ex­te­rior paint­work, dif­fer­ent wheels, up­dated brakes and shock ab­sorbers, and new in­te­rior fea­tures.

‘‘Chris en­joyed driv­ing the 86 and we think he would ap­prove of these changes to make it even bet­ter, says Toy­ota NZ’s gen­eral man­ager of prod­uct Spencer Mor­ris.

Amon, who died last year, en­joyed a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship with TNZ for more than 30 years af­ter hav­ing once crit­i­cised the sus­pen­sion of the 1982 Corolla on a na­tional tele­vi­sion pro­gramme The Mo­tor Show.

That crit­i­cism led to TNZ invit­ing Amon to work as as ve­hi­cle devel­op­ment and mo­tor­sport con­sul­tant, and they en­joyed a close re­la­tion­ship ever since, with Amon also play­ing a key role in Toy­ota’s in­ter­na­tional ve­hi­cle test­ing pro­gramme.

As well as the or­ange ex­te­rior paint­work, the car comes with 10-spoke, 17-inch an­thracite coloured al­loy wheels and a metal­lic black fin­ish on the door mir­rors and rear spoiler, and on the in­side Al­can­tara and leather ac­cented sports front seats, steer­ing wheel, gear shift, hand brake lever, door trim and dash­board all have con­trast­ing or­ange stitch­ing.

The Brembo brakes pro­vide greater stop­ping power, with 32mm larger di­am­e­ter and mm wider ven­ti­lated discs at the front and 26mm larger di­am­e­ter and mmwider ro­tors on the rear. The front four pot cal­lipers pro­vide 39 per cent more braked sur­face than the brakes fit­ted to the stan­dard 86.

Im­proved grip, bet­ter cor­ner­ing dy­nam­ics and en­hanced responsiveness and sta­bil­ity are pro­vided by the Sachs shock ab­sorbers.

The Chris Amon Edi­tion GT86 is pow­ered by a two litre boxer engine pro­duc­ing 152kW of power and 212Nm of torque. Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes key­less en­try and ig­ni­tion, dual zone cli­mate con­trol air con­di­tion­ing, a multi in­for­ma­tion dis­play, pri­vacy glass, a six speaker au­dio sys­tem, and satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion with SUNA traf­fic chan­nel which is not cur­rently avail­able on any other 86 vari­ant.

There are seven airbags, ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity con­trol, trac­tion con­trol, LED day­time run­ning lights and head­lights with au­to­matic lev­el­ling and cruise con­trol.

This lim­ited-edi­tion coupe has unique Chris Amon Edi­tion de­cals on the boot and front guards and a unique unit num­ber plate in the engine bay.

The Chris Amon Edi­tion Toy­ota GT86 parked at some­thing else that car­ries the great rac­ing driver’s name, Man­feild’s Cir­cuit Chris Amon.

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