Here it is, folks – the highly anticipated Toyota FT-86 Open concept, a precursor to what could become a road-going Scion FR-S convertible. A full smattering of images and video have leaked onto the internet, and thanks to the folks at FT86Club.com, we can now see the new hotness that Toyota will be unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

These images confirm details that were first seen in spy shots captured a couple of weeks ago – namely, the larger wheel/tire package and the inclusion of the Toyobaru coupe's decidedly useless rear seats. These new photos, however, show a two-tone leather interior with goodies such as an iPod/iPhone mount on the dashboard. The concept car is also fitted with the coupe's six-speed automatic transmission (boo!) and FT86Club.com reports that the folding soft top is operated electronically.

We'll have the full details live from Geneva in just a few days. For now, click through our attached image gallery to see lots of pretty pictures of the topless wonder, and scroll down for a video to see the concept in motion.

UPDATE: The news now been officially released by Toyota UK. Scroll down below to see the newly added press release, and a bit more detail about the FT-86 Open.



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WORLD DEBUT FOR TOYOTA FT-86 OPEN CONCEPT

KEY POINTS


- Toyota to unveil new FT-86 Open at Geneva motor show

- Concept created to gauge reaction to possible development of a cabriolet version of the GT86 sports coupe

- Soft-top design allows 2+2 seating format to be retained, with minimal impact on boot space

- Unique colour scheme created in Milan to reflect the city's world-leading design status

- Toyota will present its new FT-86 Open concept for the first time at the Geneva motor show, a car created to test the water for the possible introduction of a convertible version of its globally acclaimed GT86 sports coupe.

The concept has been designed to deliver the lively, highly engaging and accessible performance and dynamic abilities of the GT86 with the added appeal of top-down motoring.

Its external dimensions match those of the coupe (length 4,240mm, width 1,750mm, height 1,270mm), with the fixed hard-top replaced by a multi-layered fabric roof with a glass rear screen. Inside it has the same 2+2 seating format, with the roof folding down behind the fixed rear seats, with minimal impact on the space available for luggage.

The show car has a special pure bright white and navy blue colour scheme designed by Toyota Boshoku Milan Design (TBMD) to capture the spirit and atmosphere of Milan, one of the world's leading centres for fashion and design. The bodywork is finished in white, contrasting with the blue of the roof. Inside, the perforated white leather upholstery is layered over a navy blue backing, with golden yellow accent stitching and carpets.

The FT-86 Open uses the same platform and powertrain as the GT86. At its heart is the naturally aspirated, horizontally opposed 1,998cc four cylinder "boxer" engine. Equipped with Toyota's D-4S direct injection technology, this compact unit is set low, helping lower the car's overall centre of gravity, and is capable of producing 100bhp per litre. It drives the rear wheels through a short-throw, six-speed manual gear shift or a six-speed automatic – the latter with the world's fastest paddle shift speed, just two tenths of a second.

As with the production GT86, it features MacPherson strut front and double wishbone rear suspension to give a direct handling feel, instant response and a high level of control. The electric power steering has a quick 13.1:1 ratio that's on a par with racing models, while large ventilated disc brakes fore and aft deliver excellent pedal feel for car control finesse.

Toyota has pinpointed numerous areas that will need further engineering evaluation to assess the impact of the cabriolet design on performance, vehicle rigidity, balance, weight and aerodynamics. However, with features such as frameless doors, the GT86 was designed with the development of a cabriolet in mind, which means the impact on structural rigidity by converting to an open-top design should not be great. Efficient measures to preserve rigidity are being analysed, such as the use of door lock reinforcements.

GT86 has a near-perfect 53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution, helping deliver ideal response to even subtle steering, throttle and brake inputs, and a low, 460mm centre of gravity. While introducing a fabric roof is likely to bring the centre of gravity even lower, further engineering analysis will be needed to match the balance of the coupe.

GT86 tips the scales at only 1257kg, thanks to comprehensive weight-saving measures, giving the car a power-to-weight ratio of around 160bhp per tonne This is crucial to performance, given the car uses an engine with a relatively small capacity. Engineering the cabriolet to be "weight-neutral" relative to the coupe will be a key area of study should Toyota decided to progress with the project.


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      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      looks clean
      shanaddie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very nice. Now sell it as a Celica so Toyota can have their FT-86 everyone has been clamoring for.
      adam1keith1980
      • 1 Year Ago
      Small RWD sports cars with a manual transmissions are starting to become rare, but it is good to know Toyota is committed to proper sports cars!
      jboogiezx6
      • 1 Year Ago
      the interior is nice…will be interesting to see if any of it will carry over…and those wheels are looking borderline donk
      GN
      • 1 Year Ago
      911 wheels are an option? Looks so much better in convertible, oddly.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      This came out better looking than I expected, admittedly. Should certainly be a hit and help boost sales. I'm much more interested in a higher-performance model of the coupe, though. The day this car gets forced induction, I'll most likely buy one.
        jboogiezx6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        Would MUCH rather see a more powerful NA solution for this chassis.
      Rysdyk88
      • 1 Year Ago
      the GT86 logo as an iphone mount is pretty sweet, its about time for built in smart phone mounts
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      i wonder how it looks with the roof up...
      HTP
      • 1 Year Ago
      It actually doesn't look too bad. If they don't screw up the dynamics and overprice it, I might get one. The hot blonde and soft music really gave an impression of a chick car, ouch. What were u thinking Toyota?
      john
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very nice - the oddly sharp little contour at the decklid could be smoother but nicely done. It all comes down to price - if they can keep the "base" model droptop under $30K Toyburu will have a small-scale hit on their hands.
      HUMANMPC2000
      • 1 Year Ago
      A FR-S pulled up beside me at a light yesterday my first time seeing one in person,and I got to say It's a nice looking vehicle,it's not as small as I thought it was.Add a turbo too it's boost the performance,I think it that would make it complete sports car.
      Moreno636
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd never buy the coupe as 200hp sports car (which is a joke)....but a 200hp affordable convertible...sign me up!
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