Though the eventual existence of a convertible version of the Toyota GT86 (and its Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ versions for America) is a no-brainer, we've yet to get a glimpse of the real-deal car until now.
Spotted in Cape Town, South Africa, of all places, this completely undisguised GT86 convertible seems to be in a remarkably advanced state of development. The image seen here was obviously sniped from quite a distance and without the aid of a powerful lens, but we can still make out a production-ready looking piece of rear bodywork for the convertible top to hide away in, as well as a functioning trunk lid. It's hard to make out with any certainty, based on this evidence, but there does seem to be space retained behind the front seats for two, small rear chairs.

With the first car spotted, we'd expect to seem some more and better images of it flow through in the near future, and if not, Toyota has already confirmed a concept version for next month's Geneva Motor Show, dubbed FT-86 Open, so stay tuned. For now, click through to the forum to have a slightly closer look at the images.

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      Sure wish pictures would emerge of a higher HP version. I have driven the current version and am convinced it will make a great auto-x car. Well, that's been proven. But I need more HP. Get me to the 240-250 range off the lot and I'll be happy. The S2000 does well with 240 and I loved every minute of the one I had. Here's hoping for a STI version to emerge soon... I guess the convertible will help them expand the demographics of owners. I'll take a couple every time...
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      Blue Haired Grandmothers are rejoicing!
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      shooting brake please!
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      *yawn* let me know when it stops being slow as hell...
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      Hot sellers, so why not a drop top, give it until April and it will be out.
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      Rich M.
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      i would be intrested in knowing how much structural integrity was lost with the convertible model. the car during development stages wasn't developed as a convertible so there were no structural measures in place to compensate for the loss of the hard top. chassis flex has always been a convertibles achilles heel and while other car makers found ways to reduce or eliminate the flex they engineered it during the cars development but the FRS did not. this is an exercise to see if there's any interest which car companies use car shows to gauge and to find additional profit maker for the model since its a low volume car. i'm crossing my fingers that its not a coach built convertible where it starts out as hardtop then is sent out to have it chopped to add the vert. if so all the things that makes the car special will be gone and this car will be for the people that could care less about how it drives.
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        @Rich M.
        I believe it was actually developed as a convertible in mind.
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      I hope it drives better than my mom's 'vert Solara. That thing performs like an overcooked noodle.
        J W
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        Apples and oranges. How can you compare a convertible Camry to a purpose built sports car?
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          @J W
          I'm not comparing them. I'm saying I really hope this 'vert drives better than the half-brother Solara. I wouldn't call the 86 a "purpose built" car. It's an economical coupe.
          Allch Chcar
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          @J W
          Test drive before you judge.
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      Targa woulda been better, but oh well...I would still purchase a slicktop if I was buying one.
      • 1 Year Ago
      mx5 was a winning formula…this one should do pretty well
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