Facelifted Toyota GT 86 Convertible Is Food For Thought

The Scion brand is officially dead yet everything seems to go smooth for Toyota, which rolled off an updated version of its compact coupe that just got rebranded.

It features some new design elements both outside and in the cabin, completed by an extra 5 HP squeezed from Subaru’s 2.0-liter boxer four-pot mill, shared with the BRZ.

While the manufacturer currently focuses on the GT 86, X-Tomi reminds us that this is the same brand that gave us the FT-86 Open Concept a few years ago.

Based on the study and featuring the new updates applied to the rear-wheel drive car for 2017 MY, this rendering shows what could have been had Toyota given the go ahead for an open-top variant.

The last time we heard about it was 2014, when Scion’s chief Doug Murtha refuted claims of the project. Plus, the coupe being, more or less, in the middle of its life cycle, adding a convertible is highly unlikely. Maybe next time then…


  • Evo45

    Only 5 HP more power? I guess they were lazy for add more.

  • Kash

    I mean toyota has a chance to take on American muscle cars like the Camaro with the GT86 and they should just go for it, but they’re gonna need a V6 option and a convertible.

    • Matt

      It’s too small to be a Camaro competitor, and a V6 is too tall to fit under the hood. What you actually are referring to is the new Supra, which is coming.

      • Kash

        instead of a V6 then a flat 6 like the 911.
        As much as I can’t wait for the Supra, it’s getting to be a long wait.

        • Obsequious Lickspittle

          You haven’t seen the memo then?
          Porsche now do turbo’d 4s in this size of car.
          Displacement is dead. 🙁

          • Kash

            no, i saw the memo. If they can get more power out of a Turbo’d 4 than they were out of the old flat 6 in the Boxster/Cayman good for them. It’s not so much about displacement as it is power to weight ratio. I don’t see Toyota doing a turbo 4 tbh. I see them doing a natural flat 6 though.

          • Obsequious Lickspittle

            Thing is, it’s Subaru’s flat four. It can be turbo’d and is something that Subaru has legacy (I thank you!) with.

  • Matt

    The GT-86 has such a bland design. The facelift has just made it look even less aggressive.

  • emjayay

    That imagined front end is even more disturbing than all the other frightening real Toyota front ends

    • Matt

      Sadly it’s not imagined. That is the updated styling just shown a few days ago.

  • Bo Hanan

    The rag-top would add an additional 300lbs to the cars weight.
    In FRS-speak that’s like taking 35HP away from the cars minuscule 205HP engine.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Yep. It was never a car to cruise in.

  • Perscitus

    Moarh photos (interior, front/rear bumper, head/taillights, etc.) here:
    Credit FT86Club