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A near-production-ready prototype of the Toyota 86 Convertible has been spied in South Africa, giving us our first undisguised look at the highly anticipated open-air Japanese sports car.

A reader of South Africa’s CarMag snapped the soft-top Toyota 86 in Cape Town where it was locked up behind security gates and closely guarded.

The spy images suggest the sleek lines of the 86 coupe will translate well to the convertible version, with clean side panels, a tidy window line and a rear-end seemingly untarnished by its acquisition of the folding roof’s mechanicals.

Earlier this month, Toyota confirmed it would unveil an 86 Convertible concept at the Geneva motor show in March and gauge public reaction to the new variant, although these images suggest development of the production car is much more advanced than Toyota has been letting on.

Expected to reach production by 2014, the Toyota 86 Convertible will retain the coupe’s 147kW/205Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder Boxer engine that is shared with its sister car, the Subaru BRZ.

More details will be revealed at the world premiere of the Toyota 86 Convertible concept in Geneva on March 5.

  • BoomTish

    Looks good… Sub $30k price tag and you have another winner.

    • Noel

       I assume this is a joke so LOL

      This would only have to be 10% cheaper than a MX5 and the factory producing them would have to run 24×7

      • $29896495

        Well in other countries you get an MX5 for 22,000. But this pic has been around a while?

  • Janus

    I was really really hoping that Toyota would make a hard top convertible to give drivers the best of both worlds.

    If that was the case I was definately going to trade my current 86 for a convertible, now I’ll have to think about it as I’m not a huge fan of soft tops.

  • Zaccy

    Great! Now with the roof down, everyone can see how pov you are…

  • Pro346

    Some competition for the mx-5 maybe….at least its a true sports car not some tarted up front wheel drive hatchback wannabe .

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, this is a genuine competitor 

  • Jober As A Sudge

    Ruined a perfectly decent car!

  • Zaccy16

    looks great, around geelong there are a few 86/brz’s going around that are p platers! i wish when i was a p plater i could have had a 86!

  • http://www.ozmazdaclub.com/ Tien

    Looks good so far

    Will be interested in seeing it in the flesh

    Wonder if it will handle any good compared to the MX-5

  • F1orce

    It looks really good. Nice proportions..

  • Mat

    Watched Top Gear last night with Clarkson drifting the 86 whilst reading a book to prove how easy it is – classic, this looks like a great car and should suit my impending turning 40 mid-life crisis nicely.

    My first car was an Austin Healey sprite hill climb car so I appreciate the benefits of a tail happy soft top – there’s nothing like opposite locking your way around a wet roundabout at 30kph.

    • Missed it!

      What channel was that episode of Top Gear on? Would have loved to watch it.

      • Zaccy16

        I agree!

      • Poison_Eagle

         streetfire dot net.