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Old 03-01-2012, 09:24 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Toyota 86 / Scion FR-S Convertible Roadster confirmed (with photos from Long Beach)

According to German publication Autobild, lead 86 developer Tetsuya Tada has confirmed plans to bring a convertible 86/GT86 roadster to the market.

In an interview, Tada confirms that the convertible is coming and adds that the GT 86 was designed from the outset to be a convertible as well. The timing of market release has not yet been decided, however.

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First real life pics, by titusdrake at the First 86 Long Beach Weekend trip @ http://www.ft86club.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4812
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Designed and built by Cartel Customs, lead by Jeremy Lookofsky, the Cartel Speedster takes the top clean off the FR-S, leaving in its place a low windshield, sloped side windows, and a double-bubble deck lid in classic speedster style.

The custom FR-S is also outfitted with a wide range of other mods, including: an upgraded clutch, exhaust, and suspension; Wilwood brakes; larger 18x8-inch front and 18x9.5-inch rear wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes R888 tires; custom fenders and hood; a 61-inch carbon fiber wing; custom paint; and a fully custom interior.

The Cartel Speedster FR-S will debut at the 2012 Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:27 AM   #2
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nice - but i want a 4-door 86
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:29 AM   #3
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Thanks Hachi!


I think this model is what will skew the demographic over to the female side...
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:31 AM   #4
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it looks pretty hot. I would still take the coupe over it though
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yeah for more headroom
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I thought they weren't going to make a convertible for this car to maintain the structural rigidity of the car?
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I think it is a good thing. Scion and Toyota proper needs a roadster. I hope it will be a two seater.
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I thought they weren't going to make a convertible for this car to maintain the structural rigidity of the car?
In the future there's going to be a lot of these moments, just like how they said there would never be a forced induction version... Seems they might have a case of foot in mouth here. I'm hoping there will be both a drop top and a FI version (either SC or Turbo is ok by me)
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:10 AM   #9
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Meh...Not my cup of tea.

but Thanks for posting Hachi!
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Excited, I hope this is true. The highest trim with all the luxuries and amenities available for a convertible and lowest spec coupe for the track. Combo breaaaaaaker

Convertible GT86 = The new S2000, IMO.
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this story is jumping to conclusions. we've known for quite sometime that the chassis was designed so that it can be made into a convertible. that in no way means they are in the process of making one. thinking about it? planning? sure. did tada say outright they are making a convertible? nope. also there has to be a financial case to move forward , and imo there simply isnt. convertibles dont really sell well. 2 seat cars dont sell well.

if anything, the chassis may spawn a 2 seat HYBRID. we have seen the GRMN hybrids

but they were using a MR platform based off the MR2. MR would be hella cool, but why go there when you have a perfectly developed RWD chassis already? HSD on a FR platform? done! GS450h, LS600h, etc. to me it makes perfect sense. make a CRZ type car, except its unique in that its a convertible. it can compete with both the CRZ and next gen miata which is supposedly going back to being super small and super light, which means super weak engine as well. so a real sporty hybrid? it just may happen....
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nice - but i want a 4-door 86
I still want my hatchback
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:55 AM   #13
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convertibles are retarded.
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I don't understand why anybody would want more weight on this car. I can understand a 370Z roadster but not with this. If they can make a roadster at the same weight or less then it makes sense to me.
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convertibles are retarded.
In your opinion.
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I doubt this.... Tada said a while back that they will NOT be making a convertible. to retain rigidity like stated above, and also weight...
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this story is jumping to conclusions. we've known for quite sometime that the chassis was designed so that it can be made into a convertible. that in no way means they are in the process of making one. thinking about it? planning? sure. did tada say outright they are making a convertible? nope. also there has to be a financial case to move forward , and imo there simply isnt. convertibles dont really sell well. 2 seat cars dont sell well.

if anything, the chassis may spawn a 2 seat HYBRID. we have seen the GRMN hybrids
In the interview he both confirms that the convertible is coming, as well as the fact that it was designed from the outset to be able to be made into a convertible.
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A convertible, would compromise the handling of the 86
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Convertible is bad , Hey that's what they said about the 370Z roadster, and it's still almost as good as the Coupe. I say Almost with a grain of salt. Let's not forget the Miata... and S2k are Roadsters.
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Hmmm...considering how long it took to release the coupe. I think when my lease is up on the FRS this will be waiting for me on the showfloor.
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OMG! O_O

Definitely waiting now.
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