Toyota is testing the waters with a cabriolet version of the GT86, called FT-86 Open and showcased in Geneva as a concept.
According to the Japanese carmaker, the FT-86 Open concept has been created to gauge customer reaction to the possible launch of a convertible version of Toyota’s RWD 2+2 sports car. 4,240 mm long, 1,775 mm wide, 1,270 mm high and with a wheelbase of 2,570 mm, the FT-86 Open concept features a multi-layered fabric roof construction with a glass rear screen.
The concept vehicle retains the GT86’s 2+2 seating format, the roof being stowed behind fixed rear seats with minimal impact on luggage capacity. The FT-86 Open concept shares the platform and powertrain of the GT86: a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter boxer engine capable of developing 100 hp per litre- driving the rear wheels via a manual gear shift or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
As the GT86 was designed ‘package protected’ with a cabriolet in mind, Toyota does not expect the impact on structural rigidity of conversion to an open-topped bodyshell to be great. The carmaker is analyzing efficient solutions to preserve rigidity, such as the use of door lock reinforcements.