Filed under: Convertible , Performance , Japan , Scion , Toyota Around the Autoblog virtual office, the Toyota GT-86 is among the most eagerly awaited new models this year. So when we spotted a report in AutoBild that Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer of the car, has confirmed that a convertible is coming, we got excited. Of course, we’re tempering our excitement with the knowledge that the 2013 Scion FR-S we’re getting here in North America isn’t the Toyota version. It may be the same actual car save for the brightwork, but when it comes to market positioning and all that stuff, Scion has differing objectives than the parent brand. While we have heard rumors of a convertible before, they came in the context of the third GT-86 offspring, the Subaru BRZ . If a convertible version of the car ever does see the light of day here in the States, though, we’re certainly not going to quibble over its badges. Toyota lead developer confirms droptop FT-86 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 01 Mar 2012 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
Filed under: Coupe , Performance , Scion , Subaru , Toyota , Design/Style According to our recent and completely unscientific poll , the majority of our readership prefers the Subaru BRZ to its kissing cousin, the Toyota GT 86 . Just about half of those who clicked an opinion on our poll sided with the Subie, while the remainder were split – a quarter went with the Toyota and a quarter said the two cars were so similar that it didn’t matter. Similar they are, with different grilles, front fascias and badges standing out as the main differentiators. The rest is pretty much the same, right down to the front and rear lights. And, according to Automotive News at least, there’s a little bit of Toyota trickery at work in the styling. Take a close look at the rear of either the GT 86 or BRZ. Incorporating both the reverse lights and a rear foglight in the center between the dual exhaust tips is a distinctive element with a prominent inverted triangle shape. According to Toyota, that design “stands for Toyota’s ‘T’ shape” and is meant to ‘express its identity.’ That’s all well and good, but it’s also present on the Subaru , which is otherwise completely absent of any Toyota badging, for obvious reasons. This is especially noteworthy since Toyota led the car’s styling and bodyshape while Subaru invested its resources on the engine and chassis. Is there a conspiracy at play?