Toyota FT-86 Open Concept convertible photos revealed

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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Few cars have sold out quicker than Scion's FR-S coupe, and the same goes for the near twin BRZ from Subaru. Now, photos of a convertible prototype have shown up ahead of this week's Geneva motor show bearing the name of Toyota FT-86 Open Concept.

FT-86 is the name given to the Toyota branded example sold in other markets, such as Europe, where Scion isn't available. Imagine the FT-86 Open Concept with Scion badging, or slightly tweaked Subaru BRZ bodywork, and you'll get the picture.

While there's no word of potential availability in Canada in either Scion or Subaru guise, the new drop top should cause at least as much interest as the compact FR-S and BRZ coupes that quickly became heartthrobs of the tuning world and popular in drifting circles.

While we've known a convertible version of the car would eventually find its way to production, some questions are not yet answered. High on everyone's mind, would the new model be a two-seat roadster, removing the abbreviated rear seats of the coupe, or would Toyota try to keep the car's 2+2 GT configuration intact? It appears from the FT-86 Open Concept that Toyota, at least, wants to appeal to those who might need the extra seats for small children, as the extra row of seats remains. While sports car purists might complain, keeping these built-in "child seats" opens up the future convertible to a much wider market in a similar fashion to how Porsche attracts younger albeit wealthy moms and dads with its 911 convertible.

The Toyota FT-86 Open Concept is not only pretty from the outside, but it also features an eye-catching two-tone white and gray cabin with audacious mustard-coloured carpets. The mostly white interior will match many peoples' Apple iPhones, Android devices or others sporting the new Blackberry Z10, although the prototype shows a black iPhone attached to the integrated smartphone mount on its dash. That last item won't likely make the grade to production, but if the new convertible is available in Canada wearing Scion trim it'll probably be a dealer-added accessory; almost everything else you could think of for a car is.

Stay tuned for more detailed information if and when this new convertible gets its Scion and Subaru remake.
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Topics: Convertible, Toyota, FT-86 Open Concept, Compact,

Organizations: Toyota

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