Saturday, March 03, 2012

Toyota GT 86 Convertible Confirmed


The Toyota GT 86 sports car is the first new Toyota vehicle in more than a decade that, at least here in the states, has car enthusiasts excited. To be sold in the U.S. as the 2013 Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ, the parent GT 86 has all the characteristics craved by enthusiasts: small; lightweight; a coupe body style; peppy engine; rear-wheel drive; and a price around the mid-twenties. The only thing you can’t do is drop the top.

But not for much longer. The 2013 Toyota GT 86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ coupe may soon be welcoming a new member in the family. No, not another GT 86 variant under yet another brand. Toyota GT 86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada, during an interview with German auto mag Autobild, recently confirmed that a convertible version of the GT 86 “is coming,” and that Toyota had intended a drop-top version all along.

Tada didn’t provide any additional details of the GT 86 roadster. Autobild included an image of this GT 86 roadster, which is either the genuine article or a cleverly done illustration. The article also didn’t elaborate if the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ would be receiving such versions as well. Personally, we’d be surprised if they didn’t.