Look out Mazda because Toyota is getting ready to step into your turf with an MX-5 challenging convertible version of its GT 86 or, as we know it in North America, the Scion FR-S.
Toyota has previously shown a rendering of the conceptual FT 86 Open Top model, while we also got a peek at the actual car through a not-so-well guarded facility in South Africa about two weeks ago, but now it’s time to share an official photo gallery of the 2+2 seat model that is one step before production.
Other than the absence of the roof, the necessary changes to the windshield and bonnet design, and the fitment of new wheels, the exterior of the FT86 Open Top is identical to the coupe model. The car clearly gets a soft top, but we don’t know yet if its electrically operated or manual.
The interior of the FT86 Open Top adds some welcome premium touches such as the extended, two-tone blue and white leather upholstery with contrast yellow stitching and the fitment of the GT86’s engine logo in what appears to be a cell phone holder on the center stack.
Toyota hasn’t said yet what powers the concept, but we assume it’s the same or perhaps an improved version of the coupe’s 2.0-liter flat-four gasoline unit.