The Toyota 86 Hakone Has One of the Greatest Greens

April 5 Feature Photo: Green cars are better than silver cars; the world needs more variety in automotive color palette.

I’ve been thinking about this photo of a 2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Edition since St. Patrick’s Day. Its gorgeous paint is a deep, deep shade of green that’s a refreshing change from the standard whites and silvers that so many cars come off the production line as a default.

Picture Details:

  • Car(s): 2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Edition
  • Location: Angeles National Forest, CA
  • Photog: Peter Nelson (IG + Twitter @16vPete)
  • Camera: Canon 6D + EF 50mm 1.8

The name Hakone pays homage to the Hakone Turnpike in Japan, which is a beautiful, green, and very fun road. It’s often referred to as Japan’s Nurburgring.

A road in Japan and St. Patrick’s Day have nothing in common besides emphasis on color palette, it’s just a really nice shade of green.

A lot of the ways people celebrate St. Paddy’s has nothing to do with the original meaning. Where I come from, on this blessed day in Chicagoland, a lot of people get wasted on light beer and sneak in a viewing of The Boondock Saints at some point. Sometimes they watch it the following day while nursing a hangover. It’s hard to believe that people get hangovers from water, but hey, some just don’t have the minerals. Also, Blown Away is a better Irish pride film.

When it comes to utilizing symbolism to honor culture, I think Toyota’s approach with the 86 is a bit more rich. Take a car that’s at-home in the twisties and honor a remarkably fun road with it. Plus, its deep green suits the road’s lush, deep green, too. I don’t know if I’ll ever get the chance to drive this road myself, but I can attest to the 86’s brilliance on other fun roads. Excellent inputs, excellent suspension and grip, fun flat-four sounds, what’s not to like? Torque dip be damned; learn how to keep the revs up.

Here’s the image in 1080p:

The Toyota 86 Hakone Has One of the Greatest Greens
Image: Peter Nelson

Peter Nelson
Peter Nelson

Peter Nelson has been wrenching on and playing with cars since he started driving them quickly between the cones at Chicagoland autocross events in his late teens. Nowadays, he can be found wringing out his Mazda2 at tracks all over California. His writing background includes Winding Road, Donut Media, and Autolist.com. He's also an avid cyclist and '80s/'90s action film connoisseur. Contact the author here.