Toyota GT86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has been forthcoming with his desire to produce a family of vehicles based on the GT86, and it seems his dream is becoming reality.
According to Carsales.au, an insider at the company says Toyota has already green lit a GT86 sedan that rougly four inches longer to make space for rear doors and more hospitable back seats. The company is aiming the sports sedan at parents who learned to drive on Japanese sports cars of years gone by, namely the Toyota AE86, Honda S2000, Mazda RX-8 and Nissan 200SX.
“It’s just my personal dream that the GT86 could become a family like what BMW has done with the MINI family. I hope that happens,” wrote Tada in a blog post.
A convertible version of the car has already been seen in concept form, but the timeline for the drop top is still unclear, with reports saying that it has been shelved indefinitely. Carsales says that the sedan may even arrive before a convertible model. A shooting-brake body style is also mentioned by Tada as one of the body styles that he would like to see.
When and if these variants come to fruition, they are likely to stick with the GT86’s 2.0-liter boxer engine, though a hybrid system is rumored to be a coming addition to the lineup.
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