Poll Results: Should Lexus get its own version of the GT 86?

Last week, I opened up the question: Should Lexus should get its own version of the GT 86? Today, the poll closed with just over 1,000 votes — here are the results:

Lexus GT 86 Poll Results

I had a feeling that opinion would be divided, and the reasoning for voting both positive & negative were well-represented in poll’s discussion thread.

Yet, even the people that voted yes for a Lexus 86 qualified their responses, saying that major changes would be necessary, and that it shouldn’t just be an entry level sports coupe. One frequent comparison was to the Mercedes SLK, which makes for an interesting comparison.

The people who voted no didn’t like the idea of yet another rebadging of a car already split into Toyota, Subaru and Scion versions, with concerns that a Lexus 86 would damage the brand more than help it.

My own vote was yes, with some reservations. A small, fun-to-drive coupe aligns perfectly into what Lexus seems to be moving towards, and the line-up could certainly use another model — but it would be important that the Lexus version shared no visual similarities to the 86, and that it was equipped with exclusive features and technologies that helped it to stand apart. A tall order, but necessary.

Thanks to everyone that voted!

Had to vote no, based on the number of changes necessary in order to make it a Lexus, and not a rebadge of a car that doesn't need more rebadging. I think between cars like the GS, IS and the CT, that will get more engine in the future, Lexus has enough material and platforms to make sporty affordable carsBD
    • S
      Shane From Australian
    • December 10, 2011
     I did not vote on the poll however i say NO for every reason stated by BlackDynamite. I really like the Toyobaru and believe the car will be very successful however not as a Lexus.
    really? really?? really??? your dumb. the only thing lexus will use for this car is the chassis and drivetrain, maybe the engine if they dont put the is350 engine in it.
  • A
  • December 9, 2011
Had to vote yes cuz they strongly neet to capture many younger buyers and make the Lexus brand very desirable also for them. Since when the LFA has been released tons of teenagers are getting crazy for that car but the LFA is way too expensive so we have to give them somethin affordable but with the same style features of the LFA.
  • F
  • December 9, 2011
Voted no.. Just seems like there is no reason for an even smaller car.. The IS attracts younger buyers? Doesn't it
    • J
    • November 13, 2013
    I am young, it isn't. The design is okay but a bit to ordinary.
  • P
  • December 10, 2011
I think they can use the platform, but not with a boxer engine.. But i think more important that Lexus start build a wagon for the new Gs..Now Jaguar will start build a wagon for the Xf and they already have a power version to..I think that Lexus need to speed up little, so they don´t loose customers.
  • B
  • December 10, 2011
Bring back the SC/Supra twins!!!
  • L
  • December 10, 2011
I didn't vote as I am undecided about this car, but the fact of the matter is that Lexus needs a fun, good-looking and sporty little RWD roadster to battle the Z4, TT etc. Those cars appeal to all sexes, all ages and are a profitable niche and Lexus is missing out big time. That's all that needs to be said.
  • D
  • December 11, 2011
If they can kind of add the new face of Lexus to it, add some nice creases/body lines/body sculpting to and maybe change the rear a little and completely change the interior, it will be PERFECT! 
  • F
  • December 12, 2011
I vote no as well for many reasons....1) We don't need another GM cookie cutter approach to making cars. 2) Lexus should focus on creating its own proprietary sports car so it doesn't get taunted for being a rebadge of a regular Toyota (not necessarily a bad thing, but not a good thing either). 
    • T
    • December 13, 2011
    I agree. Keep FR-S for Scion. Bring back the Supra for Toyota. Bring SC replacement, GS coupe and  GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept (roadster) for Lexus.