Toyota Preps Convertible FR-S with FT-86 Open Concept

Toyota FT-86 Open concept

In just over a month’s time, all the major players in the automotive industry will be showcasing new and concept vehicles at the International Motor Show in Geneva, much like we saw in January’s auto show in Detroit. We already know that a new Rolls-Royce (claimed to be the most powerful ever), the 2014 Bentley Mulsanne, and the 2014 Corvette convertible will all be debuting, and we can now add that a droptop version of the Scion FR-S/Toyota GT86 will be previewed by the Toyota FT-86 Concept.

The teaser comes in the form of a sketch, so we are working with pretty thin material here, but a convertible FR-S has been rumored since before the launch of Toyota’s sportiest new coupe (Lexus LFA notwithstanding). The hardtop is dimensionally nearly identical to the Mazda Miata, a longtime favorite of fans of inexpensive but thrilling driving. The roofless FR-S will likely have its tradeoffs, namely a likely weight increase offset by a rear back seat, something the Miata does not have. The styling too, is a bit more serious than the happy, bright-eyed face that adorns the Mazda lineup.

There is no official news yet whether a Subaru BRZ soft top is also in the works, or if the Toyobaru twins will be an inverse of the Pontaic Solstice/Saturn Sky with only one of the cars set to have an alternative roof option.


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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

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