08 February 2013

Toyota confirms debut of open-top 86 at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show

Words by Christopher Kho
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How do you make the world's most thrilling front-engined rear-wheel-drive lightweight sports car even better? By chopping its roof off, of course and turning it into a cabriolet. Toyota has confirmed that the “FT-86 Open concept” will make its public debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March. While no exact details have been published, they did give us this sketch to contemplate upon.
According to Toyota, the concept is a “possible future development” of the Toyota 86 sports coupe. That means they're not exactly quite sure if it should go into production and they'll gauge the public's reaction to the model to know if they'll push through with it or not.
Judging by the artist sketch alone, the drop-top Toyota 86 will not have a fancy-schmancy trunk cover like those found on more expensive supercar convertibles. It retains its 2+2 seating configuration which is slightly “better” than the Mazda MX-5 strict two-seater configuration. There is, however, no word if it will come with a soft or automatically folding hard top. And as of the moment, Toyota is still carrying out engineering tests on a prototype, probably to check the chassis' rigidity and handling abilities now that the roof's gone.