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A Toyota 86 convertible version is on the way

By FaezClutchless on 12 Mar 2012

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The Toyota 86 was only released several months ago and the car received a lot of attention since it is Toyota’s first sports model in ten years. Some have mentioned that it had decent amount of power and it was a fun car to drive. There were also some who felt that a convertible variant would make the model line up rather complete and if you are one of those people, fret no more because Toyota is working on a convertible version.

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The surprising revelation was revealed during an interview with a German auto publication. It was revealed by Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer who worked on the Toyota 86. Some sports car purists might object to the idea of having the car as a convertible because of the extra weight and it will make the car more limp or floppy.

But Tada has also revealed that Toyota has designed the 86 as a convertible from the very beginning. In other words, the company has intended to build a drop-top version all along. Tetsuya Tada did not reveal any additional details about the convertible version and if the Subaru BRZ or Scion FR-S will receive the very same treatment.

But one thing for sure, the Toyota 86 and its Subaru and Scion siblings will get a performance orientated sub-model and we will just have to wait and see how that will turn out.

It seems that Toyota is taking on the open-top, entry-level roadster market segment in Japan which is currently dominated by Mazda’s MX-5. Although the 86 is a couple of hundred kilograms heavier then the MX-5, the extra horsepower makes up for it. And with a more powerful version coming soon, it will give potential buyers more alternatives when considering such models. Also, a forced-induced version might put the 86 into the same power category as the Nissan 370Z.

Photo credit: Net Car Show

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