Who has been able to order (in the states) a Special Edition? I don't know whether or not to blame Toyota corporate or if people that work at dealerships aren't doing their homework, but earlier in the year when I was calling around to reserve the model, no dealership had heard of the thing. Literally, not one. I then waited a few months and started calling again, maybe around a month ago? and WTF is going on with Toyota?
I live in Illinois and I have been calling everywhere. Dozens and dozens of dealerships from California to Maine and still, tons of people have still not heard of this car, over the past few weeks the Toyota webpage listed MSRP yet most dealerships can't give me a number, and the ones that do have a markup on average of 6k (plenty of places up to 10k or more, some places say "they can take a 1,000 dollar deposit to put my name on a list" without giving me a price) and I just don't get it.
I have never had to work this hard in my life to pay full price or even a few grand over for a new car. I have been questioning if it is even worth it. Is it worth it? Why didn't they bring the Hakone back? For me, I only want the special edition because the stitching and interior matches the exterior color (yes I know how ridiculous that sounds and that I'm willing to pay thousands more for it but, look, I never said I'm perfect) but given the markup, and the wheels which I do not like, the luster is rapidly fading.
Are we likely to see more color options? I don't think the first gen had too many and I may end up getting a wrap, my first gen is red maybe the second gen will be red for me as well. I just can't reason paying 6k more for the same car as the Special Edition has no mechanical advantage, it's all just cosmetic, when that money can get me a carbon fiber air intake, exhaust manifold and new exhaust, Fluidampr (assuming they are making a crankshaft pulley for the second gen as well) and XPEL for that difference.
And also no word on RTV issues. Random add but there it is.
I'm very grateful Akio brought this car into existence, but damn Toyota, get it together.
At this point I am waiting until the new year because I won't be driving my GR86 in winter, so by then maybe Toyota will announce some new things? Hopefully?