Toyota Unveils GT 86 Convertible


The FT-86 Open concept will debut at the Geneva Motor Show as a precursor to the Toyota 86/Scion FR-S convertible.

Toyota hastaken the lid of its FT-86 Open Concept ahead its debut at the GenevaMotor Show, revealing images and video of the car that willeventually be sold here as the Scion FR-S Convertible. Matching the coupe’s dimensions, the open-top concept sports a multi-layered fabric roof with a glass rear screen that folds down electronically behind the fixed rear seats. The concept also includes a larger wheel and tire package than those fitted to the nimble sports coupe.

Toyota Boshoku Milan Design (TBMD) was taskedwith creating visual continuity between the interior and bodywork,color-coordinating a pure bright white body and navy blue roof, with white leatherupholstery layered over a navy blue backing wth yellow-gold accent stitchingand carpets for a rather nautical color scheme.T The center console has also been revised with a single-DIN stereo unit and a trio of gauges, replacing the double-DIN infotainment system found in the existing production coupe. Other interior highlights include alloy pedals, metallic accents and a stylish iPhone mount in the form of an "86" piston.

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The concept uses the same platform and 200-horsepower2.0-liter boxer four that powers the GT86. The rear wheels are driven via ashort-throw six-speed manual or six-speed automatic – the latter, Toyotaclaims, coming with the world’s fastest paddle shift speed at just two-tenthsof a second.