When last we checked in on our topless would-be hero, the Toyota FT-86 convertible had been reportedly placed on "indefinite hold." That was back in early October, not long after Toyota had trotted out the rear-wheel-drive canvasback to Scion dealers as a possible future product carrot if they decided not to turn in their franchises. And yet, we're here at the Tokyo Motor Show, where Toyota has taken the time to at least repaint the FT-86 Open Concept in "Flash Red," if not build a whole other car (the original Geneva showcar was white). It's enough to make our heads spin like a teenager on the verge of a breakup. Will they? Won't they?

At this point, we still don't know any more than you do – the last word we heard out of Toyota was not encouraging, although the story was that the program could still be fast-tracked if management had a change of heart. As the car has never been seen before in Japan, perhaps Toyota is merely extending its domestic audience a courtesy view before it lines this showcar in mothballs, or maybe they're still trying to make a decision on its fate and gauging public reaction on the homefront.

Interestingly, in a new story published today, Automotive News quotes Subaru brand boss Yasuyuki Yoshinaga downplaying the likelihood of a production model, saying flatly "We make the car, so if we don't make it, it can't happen." The executive went on to note, "Our engineering department told me that losing the entire roof requires a complete redesign of the structure. It would need a big change." Given that such a car would probably trade in rather small volumes, that sounds like a significant hurtle.

Either way, this FT-86 Open Concept wears red paint rather fetchingly – and we think a Scion FR-S or a Subaru BRZ would look every inch as compelling, too.

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FT-86 Open concept

The vehicle adds that "open-top thrill" to the joy of driving and a sense of oneness with the vehicle is offered by the hard-top 86. A new "Flash Red" body color gives a twist to the iconic sports-car red.

Name FT-86 Open concept
Length 4,240mm
Width 1,775mm
Height 1,270mm
Wheelbase 2,570mm
Occupancy 4

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      • 1 Year Ago
      what the hell? I thought they said that the FT-86 structure was made bearing a potential convertible design in mind. Isn't that the whole point of the Open Concept? And now they're saying it'll need a complete redesign? Either Subaru is lying, or Toyota is. Pick a side people.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I accept that I will get murdered in my sleep for saying this, but this car bores me.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just give us a 2015 coupe with more horsepower, better brakes, and a bit of chassis stiffening. Now that the RX7 is truly gone, my money is waiting.
      Lex Adams
      • 1 Year Ago
      That really needs to be a targa top
      Jamie Houk
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the car they should have introduced first. They would have sold to people that had not even considered a convertible. This would be a serious competitor for the next generation Miata.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please don\'t make that.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Forget the convertible, give us a hatch!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks production ready to me.
        Dmitriy Markelov
        • 1 Year Ago
        Until you get in and realize that the entire car is flexing because it doesn't have a properly rigid structure in place to support a missing roof.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Damn, that's a very pretty car in a way the coupe isn't. Even looks good, maybe even better - with it's top up. I'm really taken, and I usually say "meh" to anything wearing a Toyota badge.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice. Now put a turbocharger on it and sell it as the Toyota Supra in the United States.
        Dmitriy Markelov
        • 1 Year Ago
        Because consumers won't notice that the convertible Toyota "Supra" they are looking at is identical to the Scion FR-S coupe minus the roof? I understand that the world thinks the average American is dim but its important to note that the bulb hasn't entirely gone out.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The vert is more attractive than the coupe.
      • 1 Year Ago
      this looks so much better than the coupe. i don't get why they shouldn't build it. there is no real competition except for the miata.
        • 1 Year Ago
        The only problem with the Miata is that it doesn't have a real roof, so the whole point of the toyobaru was that it is a hardtop. Making this would defeat the purpose.
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