With an epic chassis and the lowest center of gravity in the business, there's plenty for enthusiast to love about the Scion FR-S. Except, that is, for those who prefer to take their nimble, affordable sports cars with the roof down. Their choices are rather limited in this price category to the Mazda MX-5 and Ford Mustang, but if the latest reports prove accurate, the FR-S – which is, of course, virtually identical to the Subaru BRZ and sold overseas as the Toyota GT 86 – is preparing to throw its hat in the ring, as well.

Long rumored, a convertible version of the jointly-developed "Toyobaru" coupe could stand to boost sales figures and help the bean-counters justify the expenditure on the new platform. However while the speedster concept recently showcased at Long Beach lost its rear seats (along with most of its windshield), Car and Driver predicts that the FR-S convertible will keep the auxiliary pair in the back – though the addition of a folding roof mechanism would likely mean that would come at the expense of most of the trunk room.

We're told to expect the FR-S convertible to arrive sometime late in 2013 or early in 2014, with a price tag that would tack a few grand onto the coupe's $25,000 MSRP. Look for the same 2.0-liter, 200-horsepower boxer four to carry over with a choice of six-speed transmissions in either manual or automatic configurations. Beyond that, Toyota may be considering basing a larger four-door sedan and coupe off the new platform, which could stand to make the money men back at headquarters – to say nothing of the enthusiasts – even more happy.


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      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      LOUD NOISES!!!! Hate filled rant about how the BRZ sucks! More ranting about how it has no torque! Obnoxious comment about minivans beating the BRZ in races! Idiotic post about how a car can't be fun if it has less then 400 hp and weighs less than two tons! Racist comment about how "JAP CRAP STEALS ER JERBS!""BUY AMERICAN". There, I just summed up 80% of the comments that we're going to witness in this thread.
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        ...You forgot all the "i'd just buy a 'Stang" or "I'd just buy a Z or Gen-coupe" comments from people that think that more choice in the marketplace is a bad thing.
        oRenj9
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        I came here to post pretty much this. You even stole my line about the minivan drag race :(.
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Well played, sir.
      EcoBooster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh Gawd. Just....just STOP!!! Jim Farley wasn't joking at all when he said "...Scion is more of an 'experimental' division than a 'brand'." I can sadly deal with Toyota mass-producing the GT86 as a Scion (after I've fallen in love with the TOYOTA version) But a convertible? Defeats the purpose of the entire car, don't ya think?
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EcoBooster
        So you are saying that the Miata serves no purpose? I think many, many weekend autocrossers will disagree with you. Basically this FTS is entering the market backwards from the Miata. They started with the coupe and will soon release the convertible. The Miata from day one was a convertible, but you can get a hardtop for it. But beyond that, I will never understand the issue with it being sold under Scion instead of Toyota. Who gives a crap besides brand-wh0res and few of those people would want to Toyota logo anyways. Get over it already.
        CSharpè
        • 1 Year Ago
        @EcoBooster
        I agree it does defeat the purpose of the car. I was pretty amazed to learn that the F-RS is made to accommodate a roll cage inside for those regular joes who buy it and want to use for amateur racing. Still I gather the convertible version won't lose so much speed for the benefit of the happiness it will give to those of us who want guts as well as enjoying the sun and wind in our face. Trust me in Canada where summers are so short every precious second of sun needs to be exploited and if one loves the F-RS this is how to get more
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Definition of the word "bias". Compare this story with today's story on upcoming Ford Fusion. The communists / socialists continue to try to berate American goods in favor of foreign goods in hopes of destroying capitalist system that built this country and has proven time and again to provide the most good for the most people.
        benjammin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        I just can't imagine why people would be more excited over the announcement of a convertible model of a new sports car that is by all accounts one of the best driver's cars available currently when a new American ecobox is coming out relatively soon.... Come on dude, why should anyone get excited about being able to build a new Fusion on Ford's website? We don't even know what the MSRP will be. This isn't some left wing automotive conspiracy...it's just plain common sense
        MKIV
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Walt, Aren't you the same guy who complained about Obama bailing out the American auto industry? Wingnuts, go figure.
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        I seriously doubt you even know the definition of socialism. Now get back to your trailer park.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really hate the Miata comparison. It’s not even the same type of car.
        torqued
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        Small, affordable, lightweight, low-powered, 2+2, Japanese, RWD, drivers' car. And now it's a convertible. Yeah, nothing alike.
        Thenewblack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        Totally!! ...wait, how is this not like a Miata?
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      The answer to a question that no one asked.
      Soyntgo4it
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait wait wait a minute lets see if you can sell the damn hard top first. You say you want to sell 20k a year of these cars. Lets see if you can get close to that before you do a convertible and maybe you might want to increase the HP before you even go ahead on doing that.. WOW SERIOUSLY!!!
        C
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Soyntgo4it
        Sales Numbers Update: FR-S's and BRZ's sold with a month to go before a year is up: Month BRZ ALL FRS ALL Apr 2013 6744 17686 If you count just Scion, that number is pretty close to the 20000 target. Combined, they are over the 20000 target. I assume these are North America numbers only as there's no count for the Toyota GT86. Which in most other countires has a long wait list for it. Convertible, here we come!
      PatrickH
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car will be such a slug. I bet 75% of them are ordered with slushboxes and are mainly boulevard cruisers :-/
        Al Terego
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PatrickH
        Why else would you get a convertible; if not for cruising the boulevard? It's a bloody convertible, FFS!!
        MKIV
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PatrickH
        Patrick I bet you're wrong
      Mike McDonald
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really? It clearly was designed to be a SMALL, RWD COUPE. I can guarantee this: it won't be pretty...
      BAirey
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would rather it be a Targa. This car with a removable panel would be very cool. Then it would have a small weight gain. They better come out with a 2.5 before then or this thing won't be able to outrun a civic hybrid. Give us 250 NA hp!!!
        oRenj9
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BAirey
        A targa would be awesome. A power bump (especially N/A) would be pointless. You'd just lose out of fuel economy and add additional expense for another 1,000 RPMs tacked onto the redline.
      vince
      • 2 Years Ago
      A T-Top would be nice, almost as open as a convertible without all the moving parts.
      clearwater
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hoping for a manually operated rag top.
        oRenj9
        • 2 Years Ago
        @clearwater
        That probably won't happen. If it does, it will mean that you will have to leave the car to put the top up, which is completely ridiculous. I can't see the value of a manual top other than costs, but since the convertible will already be a premium over the coupe, that is a none-issue.
          clearwater
          • 2 Years Ago
          @oRenj9
          Not true. I had a Mazda MX-5. With one hand, you can lower and raise the top, and never leave the front seat.
          clearwater
          • 2 Years Ago
          @oRenj9
          Other benefits for the manual top since you can't think of any. No electric motors. WEIGHT. No electric motors. SPACE. No electric motors. Adjustments.
      Mike McDonald
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should just make a TC convertible if they desperately need a rag top.
        ravenosa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike McDonald
        Really? It clearly was designed to be a SMALL, FWD COUPE. I can guarantee this: it won't be pretty...
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