TRD, which stands for Toyota Racing Development, has been developing tuning parts for Toyota vehicles in Japan for more than half a century, and now, its products are available throughout Europe for the first time in its history.
Toyota pointed out that the TRD parts will not be grouped into packages, and will each be sold individually.
For the exterior, TRD’s range includes a host of aero parts such as a front spoiler, side skirts, a rear trunk spoiler and a rear under spoiler, all of which can be ordered in white and partial black, all black, or in an unpainted, primer finish.
Other available options are a metallic silver fuel filler cap, a stainless steel rear diffuser set and a choice of two, TRD 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, TRD offers a center console-mounted push button start switch, and a new gear knob clad in leather.
For those looking to improve the car’s handling, the chassis can be enhanced with a full-length ride adjustment shock absorber and spring suspension set, a front and rear stabilizer set, front strut tower bar with a carbon fibre shaft, and a Monoblock Brake Kit that’s uses 355 mm front and 345 mm rear rotors and red, 6-pot front and 4-pot rear Brembo monoblock calipers.
There are no upgrades to increase the engine’s horsepower, but TRD does offer a high response muffler with four exhausts that gives the exhaust a racing note.
Whereas in the U.S.A, $24,200 (€18,850) - not including a $730 destination and handling fee, will get you into the base 2013 FR-S, over in Holland, our Dutch friends from Autoblog.nl report that its European sibling, the Toyota GT86, will go on sale on July 1 with a starting price of €39,990. That is equal to US$51,400 at today’s exchange rates, or more than double the price of the FR-S Coupe!
The better-equipped GT86 Limited will cost Dutch buyers €41,690 (US$53,600), with the 6-speed automatic transmission being a no-cost option.
The GT86’s other twin, the Subaru BRZ in Sport Executive trim, carries a base sticker price of €40,995 (US$52,700) in Holland.