The dates are lining up, now we wait to see how the badges align. Just before the Toyota GT 86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ line-up was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show last year, there was a report that Subaru was considering a convertible while Toyota wouldn't even comment on it. That got swapped around when earlier this year the chief engineer on Toyota's side said a convertible was coming, and then a Scion FR-S droptop was confirmed for early 2014.

Autocar now reports that the Toyota GT 86 convertible will make its first appearance at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March. In a car whose specs like weight, packaging, horsepower and center of gravity were all tightly controlled to get the most from the least, the changes necessitated by chopping the roof could make this a very different car. It's said to employ a fabric roof to keep a "small" weight gain check, and the suspension will be softened to work more harmoniously with the decreased body stiffness. And somewhere in all that the back seat and trunk space will need to take a hit.

In other news, Autocar says the hi-po GT 86 with some kind of capacitor system instead of batteries is being worked on for 2015.


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      Silentnoise713
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring it on. Need more verts in the market. This will give Miata a strong dose of competition (price depending). -former Miata owner
      Douglas Harry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like I said before, the GT-86/Fr-S/BRZ are not catered to enthusiasts, they are mainstream cars that look like enthusiasts cars. This is being proven by introducing a convertible version. True gear heads know that for the most part, with a few exceptions like the Miata and others, convertibles make terrible performance cars due the the added weight of the mechanisms to fold the roof and the additional chassis strengthening. Manual tranny, rwd, non convertible FTW!.
        Jesus' Son
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Douglas Harry
        I dunno about you but my '95 miata has hella chassis flex, it's an acceptable sacrifice for the top down fun.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Douglas Harry
        You clearly haven't driven one. This is an enthusiast car in coupe form. The convertible will appeal to women.
          Douglas Harry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
          I own a BRZ. Once you make it an automatic and a convertible it ceases to be an enthusiasts car anymore. They cater to the "I think that car looks cool" crowd. Yes, a woman driver with an automatic transmission.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @carguy1701
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      MAX
      • 2 Years Ago
      They must not have any design schools in Japan. TRDyota can't even make an attractive sports car.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MAX
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      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      AND there goes your structural rigidity.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
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          ChrisH
          • 2 Years Ago
          lol Andre, I am not sure I would find who would admit otherwise.
          Andre Neves
          • 2 Years Ago
          Ask any MX-5 owner who's installed a racing roll bar if it has stiffened up his "designed to be a convertible" chassis.
          Ron
          • 2 Years Ago
          They never said that. They said they always *planned* on making a convertible, just because they planned on making a convertible from the beginning, does not mean the chassis was designed to be stiff without the top on from the beginning. Given the fact that coupe weighs 2800lbs, I seriously doubt the coupe carries the extra bracing in the floor pan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
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          Ron
          • 2 Years Ago
          over delivered? Nothing about 200hp (or anything else on this car) is over delivering.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Andre Neves
        • 2 Years Ago
        There goes Toyota listening to their customers & critics again. Critics and owners say the car has amazing handling but needs more power. Toyota chops the roof off, softens the suspension, & softens up the chassis. *claps*
      lazybeans
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just want a shooting brake version.... ala BMW Z3 Coupe style.
      Zippswitch
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll take mine turbocharged please.
      Terrance Parker
      • 2 Years Ago
      The idea of being in the car business is to sell cars. It's almost laughable that people haven't figured that out. This car in stock form is nice but, is just a platform for its owner to personize, so if you should get caught at a red light by a girl in her convertible and you are in your stock Toyo/baru you should be ashamed of yourself.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Eww. I don't this car will make a good convertible.
      splithapns
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is that why Consumer Reports Best & Worse Cars for 2013 doesn't list the Toyota Solara?
      Ron
      • 2 Years Ago
      producing a model with more horsepower is far more important than producing a crop top.
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