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Old 06-19-2012, 05:08 AM   #1
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Hey everyone. Don't know if you've all seen this yet, but it looks like they might be rolling out a convertible version of the FR-S soon. Car & Driver says it could be here by the end of 2013/early 2014. I don't normally like convertibles over coupes, but these renders make an FR-S roadster look very nice. Maybe it'll win over some more Miata owners haha.

What do you think? Would anybody be willing to wait for a convertible?

http://www.caranddriver.com/news/201...-rendered-news



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Old 06-19-2012, 08:08 AM   #2
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Hey everyone. Don't know if you've all seen this yet, but it looks like they might be rolling out a convertible version of the FR-S soon. Car & Driver says it could be here by the end of 2013/early 2014. I don't normally like convertibles over coupes, but these renders make an FR-S roadster look very nice. Maybe it'll win over some more Miata owners haha.

What do you think? Would anybody be willing to wait for a convertible?

http://www.caranddriver.com/news/201...-rendered-news

Not for me, particularly since it loses the back seat, but MomHawk might consider giving her Mustang up for one of these (she's the convertible nut in the family)
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:19 AM   #3
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definately looks nice, as long as they can keep the weight down (possibly boost the ponies), then I think it'll sell well
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:21 AM   #4
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In a car like this, you lose the roof, you majorly compromise the rigidity of the frame, unless you increase the weight, and then you have to increase the power of the motor or the damn thing won't be able to get out of its own way.

The Toyota Solara is a prime example when good intentions with a convertible can go horribly wrong.
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Not for me, particularly since it loses the back seat, but MomHawk might consider giving her Mustang up for one of these (she's the convertible nut in the family)
According to the article, it would keep the back seats.
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According to the article, it would keep the back seats.
I would love to know where they would put them. I have a feeling that it would be almost impossible to sit in there with the top down.
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According to the article, it would keep the back seats.
OK, admittedly, I didn't read the article just judge by the photos. The photoshop above doesn't look like ther are any seats there unless its under the rollbar.

If you keep the seats, you are losing the trunk, which would knock MomHawk out of the running (she needs storage for work).

The article goes into a lot of other potential Toyota variants as well, and includes this unfortunate confirmation of what we have heard:

"Roof or not, we’ve learned that no Scion FR-S will get a turbocharger. "
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The article goes into a lot of other potential Toyota variants as well, and includes this unfortunate confirmation of what we have heard:

"Roof or not, we’ve learned that no Scion FR-S will get a turbocharger. "
To be honest, this makes me more likely to get the FR-S now than wait until next year. Just means I can wait for them to turbo the BRZ, and then get one of those kits (or one of the many others that will undoubtedly be coming out over the next year or so)
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yea I was hoping subaru would take the reigns on the FI route anyways, as they are more familiar with boosting this engine type
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The way I see it, if Scion/Toyota isn't getting a Turbo neither is the BRZ. That's probably why they showed the STI concept without any FI.
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The way I see it, if Scion/Toyota isn't getting a Turbo neither is the BRZ. That's probably why they showed the STI concept without any FI.
Yeah, now that I think about it, you may be right. Still, you know the aftermarket will make a killing selling FI kits.
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OK, admittedly, I didn't read the article just judge by the photos. The photoshop above doesn't look like ther are any seats there unless its under the rollbar.

If you keep the seats, you are losing the trunk, which would knock MomHawk out of the running (she needs storage for work).

The article goes into a lot of other potential Toyota variants as well, and includes this unfortunate confirmation of what we have heard:

"Roof or not, we’ve learned that no Scion FR-S will get a turbocharger. "
Excellent. Turbo doesn't suit this car's character. Supercharger is the only way to go.
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Excellent. Turbo doesn't suit this car's character. Supercharger is the only way to go.
That's what I would want as well if I was going to do mod it.
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That's what I got out of it. "No turborcharger" doesn't mean no supercharger.

I also don't think they need to come out with another model, just a factory kit. Like Comptech did with the S2000, where you could have it installed at the factory and it doesn't affect the warranty.
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I believe I recall reading a quote from Tada-san somewhere that any TRD performance accessories would not only appear on the TRD cars but be sold separately for installation on existing cars.
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There's a pretty reputable looking place doing conversions right now in Newport Beach, CA but they're charging $20,000 for the job!

http://newportconvertible.com/subaru-brz-convertible/
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There's a pretty reputable looking place doing conversions right now in Newport Beach, CA but they're charging $20,000 for the job!

http://newportconvertible.com/subaru-brz-convertible/

Wow. I love the 86, but there are a lot better convertibles/coupes I can think of for $50,000+!
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Looks like an S2000
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the only reason they will comeout with a convertible or a sedan or F/I is because they were pressured by the public and the bean counters. the beanies will want to maximize the money spent by releasing other variants of the car to reach a broader range of buyers.

this car was not designed and built from the get go to be a vert. all the things that people love about the car will be reduced because the structural stiffness will not be the same.
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