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Old 01-31-2013, 08:24 PM   #1
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Post Toyota to Unveil FT-86 Open Concept Convertible Next Month. Production Likely

Concept car to be unveiled next month with production version likely.

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As predicted Toyota has all-but-confirmed it will produce a convertible version of its 86 sports coupe.

The Japanese giant has announced the FT-86 Open Concept will be its star attraction at next month’s Geneva motor show. The company released a sketch of the concept but our exclusive Drive illustration gives a clear indication of what the drop-top 86 will look like.

Although Toyota says the concept is to “gauge customer reaction for an open-top version” of the 86, putting it into production seems a done deal. In the next line of the press release Toyota confirms that prototype engineering assessments are already taking place.

Given the success of the coupe - both in sales and critically which included winning Drive Car of the Year - a convertible is the next logical step and would fit well with Toyota’s plans to try and rejuvenate its image, after years of being considered conservative.

Although no mechanical details of the car were given it's unlikely to depart from the same set up that has made the coupe so popular. A soft top roof is the most likely choice as Toyota will want to keep weight, cost and complexity down.

Launching the 86 convertible would pitch the car directly against the Mazda MX-5, which has been the most successful Roadster in the world over the past two decades.

An all-new MX-5 is expected in 2015 and will be built in partnership with Alfa Romeo, who will resurrect the Spider nameplate for the new model.

Subaru hasn’t made any announcement about a convertible BRZ, but given the co-development with Toyota on the coupe Subaru would likely be in a position to add the convertible as well.

Toyota has also confirmed it will have two concept versions of the new RAV4 on show in Geneva. The designs studies will be known as RAV4 ‘Premium’ and RAV4 ‘Adventure’.
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It looks good, but. Happy they did the hard top first. I don't see myself owning another convertible and I'm glad we have an FRS in the garage!
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Convertible FR-S sounds like a chick car if engine output remains the same. As in, I expect to see many women driving them.
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Too bad it most likely won't come to the US market.
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Geneva = supercharger.
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I'd take a targa top hands down. Even a T top maybe.. but full on convertible.. probably pick one up for the wife lol
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I am glad I have the Hard top

By the way that Toyota are speaking with keeping weight down will most likely be a rag top convertible and that would look like crap IMO

And how much body flex would they get even with the extra weight for soft top.
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