Scion FR-S Convertible Previewed in Toyota FT86 Open Concept

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

After initial leaked images, Toyota has now officially revealed what it says is a preview of a possible GT86/ Scion FR-S convertible.

Jockeying for the spotlight, the new FT-86 Open concept will make its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show next week, drawing eyes to the Toyota stand on a day that will also see debuts of the McLaren P1 and the successor to the Ferrari Enzo.

Impressively, despite the car’s diminutive size, Toyota has managed to engineer a solution that sees the rear two seats remain intact, making it a true convertible rather than a roadster. The multi-layered soft-top will fold down behind the rear seats, which Toyota says will impact luggage space only minimally. In addition, the soft top will house a glass rear window.

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Usually in creating a convertible out of a coupe a car gets significantly heavier and less sporty, however, Toyota has aimed to deliver equally high levels of driving excitement, with a weight gain kept to just 13 lbs with a 2,771 lb curb weight. Looking to maintain the driving excitement level in other areas, Toyota says it still delivers a near-perfect 53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution, while the removal of the hard-top roof further improves its center of gravity.

Will Toyota build the GT86 Convertible? Most certainly. In a release the automaker even admits that the, “GT86 was designed with the development of a cabriolet in mind.”

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Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Callonor Callonor on Mar 04, 2013

    Sure would be nice if they brought this over to the US as is...with headlight washer combo fog/driving lights up front.