Whether you like the new Toyobaru or not, there's no denying that the car is proving to be an automotive phenomenon. Sold here as the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, the sporty coupes have already been scored several car of the year awards and have drawn praise the world over. We've heard rumblings of a convertible version of the car for some time now, and at the 2013 Geneva auto show Toyota showcased what we can expect in the form of the its FT-86 Open Concept.
To capture the spirit of Milan, Toyota Boshoku Milan Design used a bright white and navy blue color scheme. No changes have been made to the engine, meaning it's still equipped with a 2.0-liter Subaru-sourced boxer engine with 200 horsepower. The concept employs a six-speed automatic that Toyota says is the world's fastest paddle shift speed, at two tenths of a second. Hopefully the coming production convertible will be available with the six-speed manual as well. Owners will be able to tuck away the fabric roof behind the rear seats to retain the car's 2+2 format. Features such as frameless doors have been used to adapt to the open top design.
The car still needs further engineering to configure the changes from the original GT-86 to a convertible such as vehicle rigidity, balance, and weight, but there's little doubt we'll see a version of the Open Concept before too long in Scion and Subaru showrooms
Many people have already expressed their strong feelings about the GT-86, even more when they're behind a computer screen. What do you think of Toyota's FT-86 Open Concept?