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.”