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Toyota Teases New FT-86 (Scion FR-S) Open Concept Ahead of Geneva Salon World Premiere

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Ever since the launch of the Toyota 86 and GT 86, and its Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins, there have been many rumors swirling around about a convertible version(s) of the successful coupe series.

As it turns out, Toyota is indeed considering such a model and will actually display a concept version at next month's Geneva Motor Show.

Named the FT-86 Open concept, Toyota says it "previews a possible future development of the award-winning GT86 sports coupe" and that its goal is to "gauge the public reaction to the idea of an open-top GT86".

The Japanese carmaker went one step further adding that "testing of a prototype version of the car is already underway", which means if public reaction is positive, we could see a production model within the next year or so in both Toyota 86/GT86 and Scion FR-S trims. 

The first official sketch of the concept shows that it will have a 2+2 seating layout, but we can't see if it gets a regular cloth (more likely) or a retractable metal top.

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10 Comments:

adamoozeerally93 said... »January 31, 2013

Its gonna be great! I hope all the other japanese manufacturers start bringing out stuff like this how they did in the 90s. Honda desperately needs a sports car thats engineered to be fun, lightweight and have a bonkers high revving engine.

Trey Reid said... »January 31, 2013

Cool I think it would look pretty good as a droptop. But I think they should make it a cloth top and not a hardtop cuz it would throw of the perfect 50/50 weight distribution and with a hardtop their gonna have to do a lot more strengthing to the structure and a hardtop down will take up a lot of room in the trunk and the trunk is already small already. P.S. Subaru still waiting on that sti version cuz this car need a serious boost in the engine department.

Billy said... »February 01, 2013

Please be a Hardtop Convertible!!!!!

MarketAndChurch said... »February 01, 2013

They can solve a lot of that if they would lose those useless rear seats. I've never seen an FR-S on the road with people sitting in the rear anyways, I don't think they should keep them for the convertible.

Drifter said... »February 01, 2013

I own a '97 Eclipse Convertible and it has a cloth top. However, if it came with a retractable hard top, I really don't think the weight balance would have been thrown off so much by the top. These cars already have a poor weight distibution set-up, which is worsened by the addition of a retractable top (regardless of materials) because of all the increased frame stiffening. It's like this with all convertibles that are based off of a coupe platform where they are basically a "chop-top" design. The GT86/FR-S/BRZ would not differ in this aspect. Also given the small size of the trio, I am convinced Toyota/ Subaru will decide upon the soft top for the weight issue as well as the cost to keep it relitively close to the hard top's priceing range.

Mehdi Cheddadi said... »February 01, 2013

mazda mx-5 hardtop begs to differ. please stop with those kinds of comments. a properly designed hardtop will leave all the trunk space and will be more rigid. plus winter, noise, and robbers will be kept away!

soakee said... »February 01, 2013

Make it a soft top, ditch the rear seats, and keep it in the $24K-$27K range. Only then will I consider trading my MX-5 for it.

Trey Reid said... »February 01, 2013

True, but thats not gonna happen. The coupe has 4 seats so the convertible is gonna have 4 seats.

Trey Reid said... »February 01, 2013

First of all the mx-5 only has 2 seats thats why the hardtop works better with that car. Second of all a well built and insulated cloth top will keep the noise down and mother nature from leaking in. And If your talking about robbers stealing the cars.....well thats what alarms are made for and I think that comes standard with the car and if your talking about robbers cutting open the tops then park yours in a good area. So please stop with your kind of comments if you don't know what your talking about.

mugczar said... »February 01, 2013

Well ... you'll probably end up being right, but Audi's TT coupé has 4 seats, whereas the roadster has just 2. Again, unlikely it will happen here, but the idea's been done before.

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