Toyota Australia has taken the wraps off a shooting brake conversion for the 86 sports car.

We certainly need more shooting brakes in our lives, but real ones with only two doors. Unfortunately, this modified 86 will remain strictly a concept since Toyota mentions it does not have any plans to sell a Shooting Brake version. That hardly comes as a surprise if we take into account the 86 will be replaced by a new generation likely in the second half of next year.

As for this unique shooting brake, it all started back in November 2014 when the car’s global chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, traveled to Australia where he was shown a one-quarter scale clay model of the car. He liked the idea of an 86 shooting brake and got in touch with his “expert takumi prototype craftsmen” to hand-built the car using as foundation the sketches provided by the Australian design team.

This is a fully-functional concept which retains the wheelbase of the regular car and the front end look. Only the roof and rear quarter have been modified during the conversion process to enable a more spacious and elongated trunk. According to Toyota Australia’s design chief, Nicolas Hogios, the one-off 86 is now capable of holding bikes, surfboards or storage pods.

The Toyota 86 Shooting Brake joins another derivative that didn’t make it past the concept status, the FT-86 Open shown about three years ago as a potential soft-top GT 86.

Source: Toyota Australia

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