Toyota cancels the cabriolet version of GT86

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 7, 2013

Toyota won’t be producing a convertible version of its GT86 sports car anytime soon, according to sources. Toyota had displayed a concept named FT-86 Open at the Geneva motor show earlier this year. Toyota didn’t give a reason for the delay. There was never any confirmation that the show car will lead to a production model.

However, the electrically folding fabric roof appeared to be ready for showrooms. Sources said that the original coupe (which was jointly developed with Subaru) was designed with more models such as a drop-top. Insiders now say that the production model is postponed indefinitely and that it’s not in Toyota’s product plan for either 2014 or 2015.

It's believed that the project may be 'fast-tracked' if the management chooses to resume at a later date. But as soon as the choice is made, it will likely be a speedy process since most of the engineering work have been completed. Weight is one possible cause for the delay.

Toyota had said that additional work will be needed before the launch of the convertible and this may mean additional bulk that goes against the principle on the regular GT86 to be lightweight and to offer agile handling. A Toyota spokesman refused to talk about plans for the open-top GT86, saying that he won’t speculate on future models.

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