New renders show what the Toyota GR 86 could look like in convertible guise.
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A convertible variant of the Toyota GR 86 and twin under the skin Subaru BRZ has long been rumoured – now we know what one could look like.

Following its recent and highly-publicised launch, our in-house Photoshop whiz Alex Misoyannis took the liberty of rendering a roofless rendition of the all-new sports coupe.

This interpretation retains the car's existing 2+2 seating layout, and sees a retractable soft-top stored above the boot. The front fascia and lower rear-end are unchanged.

The new Toyota GR 86 derives 173kW/250Nm from the new Subaru BRZ’s 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder 'boxer' engine.

This is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, allowing the benchmark 0-100km/h sprint to be completed in a claimed 6.3 seconds.

A convertible variant would likely be a smidge slower off the line, due to its added weight thanks to the need for increased chassis stiffening under the skin.

In 2013 Toyota unveiled a convertible 86 concept (shown below) and, while the plans ultimately failed to materialise, it was heavily implied at the time this model would be brought into mass production.

However, a spokesperson for Toyota in Australia was quick to shoot down suggestions the new 2021 GR 86 could get the angle-grinder treatment anytime soon: “This is certainly not on our radar at the moment locally, and, to the best of my knowledge, not part of any wider plans for the brand.”