The Toyota GT 86 Convertible could be inching closer to production as the company has filed an application to protect the design of the FT-86 Open concept.

The Toyota GT 86 Convertible could be inching closer to production as the company has filed an application to protect the design of the FT-86 Open concept.

The patent photos don't reveal much, but they give us a glimpse of the car with its roof up. The soft top has a clean design but likely results in some pretty noticeable blind spots.

As we have previously reported, the FT-86 Open concept was powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that developed 200 HP (147 kW) and 205 Nm (151 lb-ft) of torque. The concept was equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, but a production model would also be offered with a six-speed automatic.

The FT-86 Open concept was created to gauge customer interest to a possible production model, but the company has remained pretty tight-lipped since its debut.

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