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.
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