Toyota is at the drawing board with plans to expand its GT 86 lineup with a sedan instead of a supposed convertible, conceptualized with the FT 86 Open Concept. As of now, Toyota’s GT 86 lineup consists of the GT86/Scion FR-S sports coupe, though the supposed sedan means a longer wheelbase by about 100mm.
According to Australia’s Motoring.com, Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada openly expressed interest in other variants, including a convertible, sedan, and shooting brake. Though recently, the convertible variant was put on hold to make way for this possible sedan iteration.
The new 86 sports sedan is described to be geared towards the “40-something” aged buyers who “honed their driving skills” in infamous Japanese sports cars like the original Corolla AE86, the Nissan Silvia (also known as the 180SX and 200SX), the Mazda RX-8 or the Honda S2000.
The GT86’s 2.0L Subaru-sourced flat-four will be used as the base model’s engine with a distinct possibility for a hybrid setup based on Toyota’s next generation system. This system was revealed on the latest Toyota Hybrid R sports car from Frankfurt—an F1-style KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) system.
A concept is due at next year’s Geneva auto show with a predicted product launch time in late 2016 or early 2016.
– By: Chris Chin