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<p>Filed under: <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/carbuying/" rel="tag">Car Buying</a>, <a /category/conceptcars/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/conceptcars/" rel="tag">Concept Cars</a>, <a /category/convertibles/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/convertibles/" rel="tag">Convertible</a>, <a /category/scion/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/scion/" rel="tag">Scion</a>, <a /category/subaru/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/subaru/" rel="tag">Subaru</a>, <a /category/toyota/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/toyota/" rel="tag">Toyota</a></p><a /photos/toyota-ft-86-open-concept-leaked-images/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/photos/toyota-ft-86-open-concept-leaked-images/"><img alt="Toyota FT-86 Open Concept" data-mep="13063" src="http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/adam/5942b9b93c7894065e0b87299c5645a3/toyota-ft-86-open-concept-000.jpeg" /></a><br /><br />Bad news, sportscar fans. According to a <a href="http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/toyota-gt86-cabriolet-cancelled/1214782">new report from </a><a href="http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/toyota-gt86-cabriolet-cancelled/1214782"><em>What Car?</em></a>, <a /toyota/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/toyota/">Toyota</a> has cancelled plans to produce a GT86 convertible, a model based on the FT-86 Open Concept that <a /2013/03/05/toyota-ft-86-open-concept-geneva-2013/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/03/05/toyota-ft-86-open-concept-geneva-2013/">debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show</a>. In truth, Toyota never actually confirmed it would produce the budget-friendly droptop in the first place, but <a /2012/05/08/scion-fr-s-convertible-coming-by-early-2014/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/2012/05/08/scion-fr-s-convertible-coming-by-early-2014/">rumors have been flying</a> since last year and Toyota reportedly showed its embattled <a /scion/fr-s/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/scion/fr-s/">Scion</a> dealers a <a /2013/08/19/toyota-gives-dealers-permission-to-drop-scion-shows-them-fr-s-d/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/08/19/toyota-gives-dealers-permission-to-drop-scion-shows-them-fr-s-d/">FR-S version of the convertible in August</a>. Presumably, this means that a lidless variant of the <a /subaru/brz/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/subaru/brz/">Subaru BRZ</a> is not in the cards, either.<br /><br />The reason for the move is unknown, though <em>What Car?</em> reports "one possible cause is weight; Toyota did say that further work would be required on rigidity before the convertible could be launched, and that could have added extra bulk that conflict with the regular GT86's ethos of light weight and agile handling." It doesn't look like that work will happen anytime soon, as "sources now say that the car has now been delayed indefinitely, with no place in Toyota's product plan in either 2014 or 2015." Still holding out hope? <em>What Car?</em> says the project could be "fast-tracked" if management decides it wants to reboot the program down the road.

<div id="stcpDiv" style="position: absolute; top: -1999px; left: -1988px;">one possible cause is weight; Toyota did say that further work would be required on rigidity before the convertible could be launched, and that could have added extra bulk that conflict with the regular GT86's ethos of light weight and agile handling. - See more at: http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/toyota-gt86-cabriolet-cancelled/1214782#sthash.iStIkWnz.dpuf</div>

<div id="stcpDiv" style="position: absolute; top: -1999px; left: -1988px;">one possible cause is weight; Toyota did say that further work would be required on rigidity before the convertible could be launched, and that could have added extra bulk that conflict with the regular GT86's ethos of light weight and agile handling. - See more at: http://www.whatcar.com/car-news/toyota-gt86-cabriolet-cancelled/1214782#sthash.iStIkWnz.dpuf</div><p style="padding:5px;background:#ddd;border:1px solid #ccc;clear:both;"><a /2013/10/05/toyota-gt86-convertible-on-indefinite-hold/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/10/05/toyota-gt86-convertible-on-indefinite-hold/">Toyota GT86 convertible on 'indefinite hold'</a> originally appeared on <a href="http://www.autoblog.com">Autoblog</a> on Sat, 05 Oct 2013 13:02:00 EST. Please see our <a href="http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/">terms for use of feeds</a>.</p><h6 style="clear: both; padding: 8px 0 0 0; height: 2px; font-size: 1px; border: 0; margin: 0; padding: 0;"></h6><a /2013/10/05/toyota-gt86-convertible-on-indefinite-hold/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/10/05/toyota-gt86-convertible-on-indefinite-hold/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to this entry">Permalink</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/forward/20738302/" title="Send this entry to a friend via email">Email this</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a /2013/10/05/toyota-gt86-convertible-on-indefinite-hold/'>href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/10/05/toyota-gt86-convertible-on-indefinite-hold/#comments" title="View reader comments on this entry">Comments</a><div class="feedflare">

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The GT86 or FRS, whatever of the million names you want to call this car :lol:, I think still needs more power and it could be a way better car. First Asian import in like ever that I don't mind the styling of and its RWD.


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