Around the Autoblog virtual office, the Toyota GT-86 is among the most eagerly awaited new models this year. So when we spotted a report in AutoBild that Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer of the car, has confirmed that a convertible is coming, we got excited.
Auto Bild Toyota GT-86 convertible rendering (cropped)
Of course, we're tempering our excitement with the knowledge that the 2013 Scion FR-S we're getting here in North America isn't the Toyota version. It may be the same actual car save for the brightwork, but when it comes to market positioning and all that stuff, Scion has differing objectives than the parent brand.

While we have heard rumors of a convertible before, they came in the context of the third GT-86 offspring, the Subaru BRZ. If a convertible version of the car ever does see the light of day here in the States, though, we're certainly not going to quibble over its badges.


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      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow car enthusiasts sure can be a shortsighted bunch. for all the hate that this is getting, who cares if they make a droptop? you dont have to buy one, but the increased sales that a convertible will bring will make the platform more profitable and keep the coupe on the market. but then again, maybe you dont like the low slung rwd lightweight coupe version either, so perhaps you should make your way over to mulletsandmustangs .com anyway
        Jack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ELG
        It's TRUE car enthusiast that should be telling you to take your FU-86 to some other site like i'matoyotafanboythatlikestotouchmyself.com. This car is a joke. It shouldn't be called a sports car, it should be called a RWD Corolla coupe! If this POS sells to anyone, it won't be to driving enthusiasts.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jack
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          Jack
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jack
          Excellent handling? Give me a break! Your mother was design to be small, lightweight and great handling. But that doesn't make her a sports car, does it?
        over9000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ELG
        It's called diluting the brand, and of course there is nothing wrong with that....rrrriiighttt. Just ask Honda.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      The people don't want a convertible . They want a Turbo. Are you listening Subaru?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
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        speedracerx808
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        Honestly, I hope they don't even bother. The tuner companies will take care of your engine/turbo needs. Which will honestly perform better for the money, rather than a turbo model from the factory.
          Gorgenapper
          • 2 Years Ago
          @speedracerx808
          Bingo. A great number of things will probably get replaced by better quality aftermarket parts rather than the cheap OEM junk.
        Edward
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        My '06 Miata will be getting a blower this Spring. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehaw!
      Matt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kind of hoping its a manual top. Keep the weight down and keep it simple.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      The power needs to fall a little more in line with the looks. TURBO IT!
      L1011
      • 2 Years Ago
      Forget a convertible, put T-Tops on this car!
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice, Old Ladies who buy Sebring Convertibles will have OPTIONS!
        ravenosa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        Yeah, Johny, all convertibles are exactly the same. Very insightful, bro...
        johnb
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        oh, I forgot about the Avalon, that was another blue-hair favorite.
          johnb
          • 2 Years Ago
          @johnb
          I mean Solara. oops.
      Jim
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, this car will be waaaaay underpowered and overpriced! Like this car needed the heavier bones of a convertible. How stupid are the people over at Toyota. Is this thing going to sell for $30,000+? No driving enthusiastic is going to pay that much for this T-O-Y-O-TURD with so many better sports cars for the money.
        ShutoSteve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jim
        Not for a convertible anyway. For a super lightweight stripped out coupe? I can see 22,000. For a heavier 200HP convertible at 26,000? No.
      Jack
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh, a convertible top? That should make it look even more girly.
      HemiRoadRunner
      • 2 Years Ago
      It needs a convertible top. You'll need that fresh air after being locked inside a closed cabbin and breathing in all that radioactive dust from the fukuyomama nuclear plant.
      Sickness
      • 2 Years Ago
      Finally... some extra weight to tame this beast a bit.
        evannever
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sickness
        I get it, that's pretty funny. ( I refuse to beat the "I see what you did there" meme drum)
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sickness
        i c what u did dere?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sickness
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        JC914
        • 2 Years Ago
        Bubba...get back in the barn!
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          Radioactive Flea
          • 2 Years Ago
          You are insane. The 126 horsepower difference makes up for any marginal handling advantage this torqueless Scion has.
      phillip
      • 2 Years Ago
      at that price im not interested when the project started the goal was "low 20 thousand introductory sports car" now the base price is 25k and that extra 5 thousand makes this car not worth it with all of the cost cutting comprimaises that it has (prius tires are standard, LSD not standard to name a few) im sure it is a great car when optioned up but at the price point you have to REALLY love the car for it's own merits not in comparison sake of car a is better then car b. for the mid 20s the hyundai genisis coupe really is more car for your money and so is the ford mustange base.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @phillip
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        JC914
        • 2 Years Ago
        @phillip
        OK, thanks for playing.. bub bye...
        ELG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @phillip
        the 'prius tires' thing is a stupid internet rumor that the clueless car forum kids need to stop parroting. These tires came on a special 'sport pack' JDM ONLY prius. They are not some low rolling resistance eco tire. They are summer performance tires and have plenty of grip for their intended purpose.
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