According to the latest reports, Toyota and Subaru are expected to decide if a convertible version of the GT86/BRZ rear-wheel-drive sports car will be produced. Tetsuya Tada a.k.a. Toyota GT86 project engineer told Autocar that a convertible version is technically feasible. If built, the vehicle will hit the market by 2014.
Toyota also wants to develop a series of model variations and performance pack offerings. “We have not seen a third of the development planned for the GT86,” said Tada.
The engine is expected to remain the same: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer delivering 200 hp and a maximum torque of 205 Nm at 6,600 rpm.
The engine is mated as standard to a six-speed manual transmission while a 6-speed automatic gearbox is offered as an option. The convertible version is expected to keep the same dimensions: 4,240mm long, 1,285mm high and 2,570mm wide.
GT 86, which is Toyota's most awaited, compact 2+2 sports car, was launched in Europe at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
The Toyota GT 86 was available all around Europe in the summer of 2012, and is totally driver-oriented. It gives structure to the happiness of driving through accurate, instant response to even the tiniest throttle of steering inputs, for those who identify driving as a passion instead of a necessity.
With an extremely aerodynamic and low exterior extended over the engineering hard points, the all-new GT 86 is rooted on a totally different platform. Removing a large and heavy displacement powertrain to achieve optimum performance, the GT 86 has a sporting ancestry that combines a front-mounted, compact, revving, horizontally opposed petrol engine and rear-wheel drive.
This one-of-a-kind powertrain system puts together the world's most light weight, compact car design, low center of gravity and low inertia for the most efficient power-to-weight ratio. These features give the GT 86 accessible performance, extremely engaging, readily exploitable dynamic features with minimum electronic interruption, and a pleasurable driving experience.
Made to concentrate primarily on the most basic classic sports car experience, built by a passionate group of engineers, developed through competition and improved to meet the needs of car enthusiasts, the GT 86 got the Toyota sports car spirit to award drivers with pure driving comfort and control.
The Number 86
Even as it gives credit to both the exciting drivability of the Corolla Levin AE86 and its exclusive relationship with owners, car enthusiasts and tuning shops, the 86 has had a significant role all through the improvement of Toyota's latest sports car.