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The Toyota 86 Convertible has been shelved before ever being officially confirmed, according to the latest reports.

Industry journal Automotive News reports that a drop-top version of the 147kW/205Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder Boxer-powered Toyota 86 sports car has been canned after being deemed too expensive by the Japanese manufacturer.

According to the report, the convertible 86 – and a possible turbocharged variant – was under consideration but was seen as not financially viable for its expected limited sales volume.

Toyota will leave those ideas to the aftermarket,” the report says.

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The reported shelving of an 86 Convertible comes as a surprise following the brand’s apparent keenness for the model previewed by a near-production-ready concept unveiled at this year’s Geneva motor show (pictured) and seen again in patent images.

While never officially confirmed for production, the soft-top 86 was tipped to potentially make its global debut at the Tokyo motor show in November.




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