Toyota is building a special 2023 GR86 to celebrate its 10th anniversary


It’s been a decade since the Scion FR-S was first introduced here in North America and Toyota is apparently celebrating with a special edition of the two-door hardtop sports car now called the GR 86. Keen Eyes found the VIN Number Decoder sent by Subaru North America to NHTSA and it directly references the new edition.

In the documents shared on the NewNissanZ forums, VIN decoders for the 2023 Subaru Impreza, Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR 86 are all on display and this is where we find out about the new versions of the latter.

Listed as “Premium 10th” and “Premium 10th ES”, the two models are joined by the regular base trim and the previously announced Premium trim. This tells us that the special edition will be available with a manual transmission and an automatic transmission.

Also read: What is the real power of the Toyota GR 86?

As expected with the BRZ, we see two different trims featured, Premium and Limited. Subaru breaks down the VIN number even further by differentiating models equipped with EyeSight from those without. So, for now, it appears there are no plans for a similarly themed 10th Anniversary BRZ despite it being the one that still bears its original name.

If Subaru plans to do anything special for the 2023 BRZ, it’s not mentioned anywhere on these documents. The last 10th Anniversary Edition Subaru product was the XV (known as the Crosstrek in the US). Before that, it was the Forester in 2007, but both models were JDM-only offerings.

On the other hand, Toyota recently released the 20th Anniversary Edition of the Prius in 2020. Since we have no clear indication of what to expect from the 2023 GR 86 Anniversary Edition, let’s take a look at what the Prius delivered.

From the factory, it was fitted with special black exterior trim, color-keyed rear spoiler, black wheel inserts, and “2020” badging on the floor mats and key. Inside the car, buyers also found a black shift knob and smoked HVAC vents. Here’s hoping this 10th anniversary edition gets some real performance gear and not just a silly looking set.

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Jennifer C. Burleigh