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Geneva Motor Show 2013: Toyota FT-86 Open Concept

The convertible GT86 in all but name...

Toyota has revealed the FT-86 Open concept ahead of the Geneva Motor Show on Monday. Essentially a very thinly veiled look at the convertible GT86 model, it shows how the car will look with barely any non-production elements shown.

A production certainty, the only reason that Toyota aren’t showing the finished model is that it requires a fair bit more engineering work – namely the rigidity, balance and weight. This is a common issue with turning a coupe into a convertible. Extra bracing is required to keep the body as stiff as possible, which adds weight and puts it in the wrong place, upsetting the balance of the car. Toyota wants the convertible GT86 to have the same exciting drive as the coupe so they will undoubtedly work very hard on this extra engineering. It shouldn’t require too much work though, as a convertible was part of the plan right from the start – this is evident in the frameless doors which make the conversion much easier.

The concept has a fabric roof with glass rear screen that is expected to carry over, which stores behind the rear seats maintaining the 2+2 cabin. The interior is unchanged in design, but for the concept the trim has been upgraded with large amounts of Italian leather on the dash, doors and seats. This won’t make it to production.

The concept and the production car will be powered by the same 2.0 litre flat four engine producing 197 bhp and 151 lb/ft of torque.

Images courtesy of Toyota

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more