There's nothing wrong with going topless. And Toyota is proving that its FT-86 (read: Scion FR-S/Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ) coupe is just as excellent with its roof removed. It may only be a concept, but this FT-86 Open previews a new droptop from the Japanese automaker to round out the Toyobaru sports car family. We're finally getting the chance to see the open-air FT-86 in person here at the Geneva Motor Show, and we're already yearning to take it canyon-carving.

Interestingly, the FT-86 retains the Toyota coupe's two-plus-two seating arrangement (we'd prefer a proper roadster setup here), but things still look good for this droptop two-door. We'll be curious to see how the car looks with its folding soft top in place (operated by fancy-shmancy electronics, by the way).

As for production intent, rumors have been flying about a production Scion FR-S convertible, but until we hear it directly from Toyota. Consider our hopes in check but our fingers crossed.


UPDATE: Wondering what the FT-86 Open Concept looks like with its hat on? Wonder no more – we've updated our gallery with shots of the concept with its roof up. We've also added a new official video of the car in motion if you scroll below.


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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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      John J
      • 1 Year Ago
      All this thing needs is a Turbo version. 250hp/275lb/ft tq....for the love of god, please! Also, that interior needs to go into production, i'm sure people will pay $500 extra for two tone and better color options.
      Tael
      • 1 Year Ago
      S2000 successor!!!
      PeterScott
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should just ditch the back "seats" and give it a bigger trunk, and some kind of flip up wind blocker.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope they market it correctly. Aim it at the performance-oriented crowd. But judging by the white interior, a favorite with women, they might be making the same mistake Mazda made with the Miata back in the 90s which forever gave it a feminine stereotype.
        jboogiezx6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andre Neves
        sorry what is a 'derp'? just kidding, I dont care and it proves to me you are a child. anyway, the mx5/miata IS mazda's most popular car. it is the only car that has survived 20+ years in its lineup and it is still going strong. the only idiots that call it a girls car are those who dont have a clue.
          Monthra 77
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jboogiezx6
          Nope, Mazda's most popular car is the 3. The Miata would rank pretty close to the bottom if not the bottom when you look at the sales figures .
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jboogiezx6
          don't argue with superficial idiots jboogie
          jboogiezx6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jboogiezx6
          mx5 has been around longer. what are its all time sales vs the mazda 3? doesnt really matter bc popularity doesnt necessarily correlate w sales numbers.
          mcdull
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jboogiezx6
          Though I think Guinness is dumb, holding the best selling two-seater sports car record might still tell something. 900K made as of Feb 2011, I think it's very impressive for an "impractical" car. http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-1000/best-selling-car-two-seater-sports/
        jboogiezx6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andre Neves
        the miata, one of the most popular cars EVER was a mistake? i dont think so. try again.
          Andre Neves
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jboogiezx6
          Derp derp, I never said it was a mistake. Maybe reading is a bit difficult for you. I said that the way they marketed it back in the 90s hurt some of it's sales. It was marketed towards women, resulting in men giving it a feminine stereotype.
          Monthra 77
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jboogiezx6
          The Miata is far from one of the most popular cars ever. That honor goes to the Toyota Corolla, The VW Beetle and the Ford F-Series. I don't even think the Miata has ever cracked even the top 25.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jboogiezx6
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      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hertz? Avis? Who gets it first?
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Drakkon
        I'm not lumping this with the PT Cruiser that only survived on rental lots, I'm saying rental lots will be dripping with these because they can upsell them. My kids wanted to get the Mustang convertible when we went to Florida. Then I showed them the trunk.
          kuntknife
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Drakkon
          Only in Florida can you put children in trunks.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      i never thought i'd say this but this is actually i toyota really like. just wondering how it looks with the roof up. are they ashamed or why don't they show it?!
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lachmund
        ...a toyota I...
        ChrisH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lachmund
        Not sure if they can show that, this looks a bit fake. Notice how it retains the original trunk lines and lid? This means that the tops is folding into the space where you see it, which with that segment size makes me doubt it being real. Now that car is really a looker, having seen a white BRZ just this morning, and would be a great addition to their lineup.
      express2day
      • 1 Year Ago
      It would make an even better Toyota Celica convertible, what the Scion FR-S should've been marketed as in North America.
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reminds me of a S2000. Hopefully the price dosent go beyond the point of like cars. Put a single turbo on this guy and it would be a great car to cruise around in.
        Andre Neves
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        Curious. What would be the benefit of a turbo if you're going to be "cruising" around? Putting a turbo in a small convertible like this would be pretty pointless to be quite honest. Give it a nice capable all-motor 250hp or around there and it would be perfect. No need for more than that...just like the S2000. With a car like this, you want instant-throttle response and no turbo-lag.
        protovici
        • 1 Year Ago
        @protovici
        Appear crusing is much different for people/
          • 1 Year Ago
          @protovici
          [blocked]
      mostchillininsc
      • 1 Year Ago
      As I mentioned in a post on another thread, these things will be littered all over sorority parking lots sporting automatic transmissions. So if Toyota is showing off the drop-top, when does Subie show off the STI??? :)
      BRKF06
      • 1 Year Ago
      Defeats the purpose of the car. Added weight, reduce chassis strength and screw with handling/performance. This is as worthless as the M3 convertible.
        mkM3
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BRKF06
        Mabye for you - the hardcore track junky who spends all free weekends trying to knock a couple more tenths off of your lap times. (Right?) Most of the rest of us just buy a car like this to have fun. And or that purpose, the convertible actually adds to the equation rather than detracts from it. Speaking of fun, you ought to try and have some more of it. You\'d sound a lot less uptight and grumpy, and probably live longer as well.
        KC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BRKF06
        No, it simply opens up a new market, back in the day people Chevy made a convertible Cavalier. There are people who just want a relatively cheap convertible.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BRKF06
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        MistyGreen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BRKF06
        Sounds like you're the perfect candidate for the coupe version of this car currently on sale! You should check it out, I think you'd like it.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Although its not a car for me, It certainly appears it was always meant to be a convertible. The $30K+ plus price tag will probably scare most of the few buyers away since most people with $30,000+ to spend on cars are not shopping these kinds of cars.
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