Toyota FT-86 Open Concept revealed

6 Mar, 2013 12:45pm Tom Phillips

The Toyota FT-86 Open Concept has made its world debut at Geneva

If you fancy a GT 86 cabrio, Toyota wants to know. This is the FT-86 Open Concept – a prototype designed to gauge the public’s reaction – and should it prove a hit, it’s extremely likely to make production.

The convertible has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, and it features a multi-layered canvas hood incorporating a glass rear window. This folds electronically behind the fixed rear seats, and the 2+2 seating layout remains.

For maximum impact, the show car offers a bright white exterior and contrasting navy blue canvas roof. On the inside, bright white seats are held together by yellow stitching to match the yellow carpets.

The Open Concept uses the 197bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine from the coupe – the reigning Auto Express Performance Car of the Year.

And if the car gets the green light, Toyota claims it would offer the six-speed manual and auto boxes. The final drop-top would also use the same suspension, steering and brakes as the coupe.

Toyota says the GT 86 coupe was designed from the start to be easily converted to a soft-top, and that the amount of engineering to add a cabrio to the line-up “is not expected to be great”.