According to the Toyota UK blog, engineers for the automaker were so excited developing the GT86 coupe that they investigated producing a whole family of models based on the rear-wheel drive sports car. And at least one engineer – product chief Tetsuya Tada – still hopes it can happen, even if not everyone at Toyota is onboard. Tada: "Actually we tried to do this secretly but the executives found us out. They said: 'What are you doing? Will you please focus on the coupe.'"

Those mooted variants included both a four-door sedan and a shooting brake. Why? Aside from the pure excellence of a lightweight, brilliantly handling hatchback, Toyota was keenly aware of the fact that it may need to spread the cost of development out across several models. Tada says that's part of the reason why it was so easy to create the convertible. The company knew from the outset that a softtop version was in the cards, and built the machine's structure to accommodate having the roof sliced off.

Tada also made mention of the already-announced collaboration between Toyota and BMW. The engineer said that the GT86 was particularly helpful because it demonstrated just how successful a product conceived and designed by two different companies can be. While he didn't say exactly what Toyota and BMW are up to, it's clear the two are looking into a number of possibilities. It's an interesting read with a lot of


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      Mazdaspeed6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sedan, shooting break and convertible all sound wonderful. But the platform seriously needs forced induction to be taken seriously. Handling and acceleration don't have to be mutually exclusive.
        Stefan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mazdaspeed6
        FI isn't the only option. It needs an entirely different engine that actually matches the character of the car. F22C1, S54, etc. Probably better suited than a lazy boxer.
      Ian
      • 1 Year Ago
      A four door BRZ or three door BRZ is an even more under served niche than the niche the BRZ has already resurrected. I expect either would be an instant buy, for me.
      Krazeecain
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota + BMW... I thought the idea with the Subaru pairing was for Subaru's experience with boxer engines? I know beemers are generally regarded for their superior handling and balance in general, but aside from that I'm not sure what useful expertise BMW would bring to the table...
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Krazeecain
        Better yet, how well can toyota ruin a BMW.....
        Stefan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Krazeecain
        How about high revving engines?
      lazybeans
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm very excited about a shooting brake version and I would readily hand over my money to buy one, but the bean counter at Toyota probably just had a heart attack after reading this.
      Matrix
      • 1 Year Ago
      He'll yeah, a 4 door rwd gt86 would be awesome, there aren't that many sporty 4 door rwd sedans around so let's make this happen.
      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      A five door would have been cool
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KAG
        You mean the STi that they had from 2008-current... yeah, that would have been cool. Except the AWD, I hate cornering.
      SethG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shooting brake could be cool. Not sure I'd understand the sedan version though. Sure, it would be great. But who is it for? In a world where even the BMW 1 series is destined for front wheel drive, I don't see where the need is for a small sporty RWD 4 door sedan.
      Richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      A Yaris / corolla sized sedan with these mechanicals would be nice.
      RL to RL
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just give us a more powerful version that doesn't involve hybrid. At this price-range there's no way they can incorporate something anywhere as perfect as the ones used the newly unveiled supercars, so please do not bother.
      ajk724
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who came up with the term "shooting brake." I'm guessing the same jerks that use the terms "boot" and "bonnet."
        Patrick
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ajk724
        Go slam your head on a bonnet and stuff yourself in the boot =)
        spinftwin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ajk724
        It would probably be quicker (and more informative) for you to search wikipedia for the term \"shooting brake\" than pos about it here...
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      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ugh, stop saying Shooting Brake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Stirling Matheson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        How dare they use the term for this particular body style!
        Stefan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        You are right, it makes much more sense to call them elongated two door wagons...
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