- Immanent release in Australia - GR86

Toyota GR86 - we want more

Although the larger 2.4litre FA24D has been lobbed in under the bonnet, its time for more from this wonderful car's line-up

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The immanent release of the next generation of Toyota's 86 in Australia is being heralded with its new larger capacity engine and the additional torsional rigidity. Whilst we like the design aesthetic too we are still left wondering why Toyota have dicked around and not delivered any variants in what is a really good selling car.

Is it simply to not mess with a reasonably successful formula (aka if not broken don't fix it), not wanting to spend money or not take a risk? After all we have been tempted by many concepts over the last decade, and not one has been progressed. So here's a look at what could have and perhaps should have been. Please comment to what you would have liked Toyota (and Subaru to have brought to market).

Shooting brake - proved successful for others like Jaguar and created a sought after classic

Shooting brake - proved successful for others like Jaguar and created a sought after classic

Its truly amazing how shooting brake editions go on to become sought after classics. Jaguar's Lynx Eventer is a good example. Perhaps shunned by many at first nowadays is well sought after and fetch great prices at auction. Ferrari have had a few tilts through coach builders on the shooting brake merry go round too and the effect later down the path is the same as Jaguar. Well sought after and prices paid! I am certain that Toyota's past collaborations with Zagato that something here could easily be done and be warranted by TMC.

Subaru - combining that shooting brake roof line in a cross over...

Subaru - combining that shooting brake roof line in a cross over...

But if a Zagato type collaboration is though of as not creating enough volume, then a cross over variant though could well be the 'volume' antidote needed to produce a shooting brake roof line if the coach builder option is not palatable for Toyota. Cross overs are hugely popular and it seems a no-brainer. Subaru even considered doing it a few years back.

Aero or Targa top - bring a little Supra love the 86's way

Aero or Targa top - bring a little Supra love the 86's way

Its unquestionable that an Aero or Targa Top variant brings some additional value (ie sales off the yard). Toyota has its own living proof of this called Supra. Sure it took a Hollywood debut and a screen legend, but just imagine F&F No.12 featuring one. Product placement is not that hard for Toyota, just look at how they snuck a Prado into Die Another Day....

Convertible - sure more engineering equals more cost, but wow!

Convertible - sure more engineering equals more cost, but wow!

The vast majority of sports cars have offered a convertible, since, well, since Adam was a boy. Whilst I don't know truly who Adam is or was I am kind of betting he'd love a convertible - feeling the wind over ones bod seemed to be his thing if I recall correctly. Of all the options that can be offered by a manufacturer there seems to be no doubt that convertibles, open tops or Spyders all create additional sales for a model. Toyota flaunted this option way back in 2013, so perhaps, just perhaps, 10 years after they can at least deliver this one to us!

So pick your 'roof line' variant good folks. Tell us what you like (or not). Post your comments below.

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  • The car was designed to make it relatively easy to make a convertible version. But after the show car, the execs decided it wasn't commercially viable. With the new GR86 only going on sale for two years in Europe it seems unlikely we'll get any factory variants. We'll probably have to look to modders for alternate rooflines. And safety regs will probably limit the number of those. But we can dream. How about a convertible shooting brake?

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