2013 Geneva Auto Show: Toyota FT-86 Open Concept
2013 Geneva Auto Show
What is it?
Toyota FT-86 Open Concept
What's special about it?
Don't think for a second that Toyota hasn't always planned to build a GT86 convertible, or rather, a Scion FR-S convertible.
Even as it calls the Toyota FT-86 Open Concept an effort to gauge customer enthusiasm for a Toyobaru drop top, company officials note that "through the adoption of such features as frameless doors, the GT was designed 'package-protected' with a cabriolet in mind [and] the impact on structural rigidity of conversion to an open-topped body shell is not expected to be great."
The Toyota FT-86 Open Concept on Toyota's stand in Geneva looked pretty close to production ready, though by the time we arrived to take some unobstructed photos of it, the security team had roped it off to protect it from the media. No surprise there, as concept cars are notoriously fragile and expensive (with price tags many times that of a production car), and from a distance it appeared the tonneau cover for the convertible top might not withstand the poking and prodding of an honest reporter.
Said top has been designed to be as practical as possible, Toyota says. It folds behind the rear seats and doesn't intrude on trunk capacity: a big deal on a small convertible.
While the company waits for you to get interested in buying a Scion FR-S convertible, engineers are looking for ways to trim weight so that the conversion from coupe to cabriolet is as "weight-neutral" as possible.
Edmunds.com says: A Scion FR-S convertible is going to happen. The real question is will perennially conservative Subaru also sell a BRZ convertible?
Base Price: A bit more than the coupe
Engine: 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated, horizontally-opposed four-cylinder
Gearbox: Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Power: 200 horsepower, 151 pound-feet of torque
Dimensions: 166.9 inches long, 69.9 inches wide, 50 inches tall, 101.2-inch wheelbase
On-Sale Date: Toyota hasn't said yet