Toyota Preps Convertible FR-S with 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.