We’ve been hearing back-and-forth rumors about a Toyota GT86 convertible for years now, and British publication WhatCar is the latest to weigh in on this speculation with a recent report alleging that Toyota has no plans for a GT86 droptop.
At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Toyota showed a concept car called the FT-86 Open that looked ready for production. However, WhatCar’s report quotes unnamed sources at Toyota as saying that this project has been indefinitely delayed. Apparently, the extra bracing needed to keep the convertible taut and rigid would add so much weight as to compromise the GT86's handling. Since much of the engineering work completed for the concept car, though, it’s possible that plans for a convertible GT86 could be resumed later if Toyota changes its mind.
Enthusiasts hoping for a possible convertible version of the GT86’s twin, the Subaru BRZ, are out of luck as well. Subaru previously said a convertible BRZ would need a stretched wheelbase to make for adequate rear seat room, which would drive the cost of the project too high. Sadly, Subaru’s cheeky April Fool’s Day joke this year announcing a 2015 Subaru BRZ diesel-hybrid, all-wheel-drive convertible doesn’t look like it will come true.
The GT86 is sold in the U.S. as the Scion FR-S, and even if it may not lose its roof anytime soon, there is some consolation in the fact that there are potential powertrain upgrades coming soon to the rear-wheel-drive, compact sports car. We recently reported that the GT86 could receive a larger-displacement engine within the next year or so, with a turbocharged engine a possibility as well.