The Tokyo show image of the FT-86 Open's roof shows it will closely follow the coupe's lines
This latest version of the concept will be shown at the Tokyo motor show
The concept is finished in Flash Red paint. It had previously only been seen in white
The car had previously been seen at the Geneva motor show and the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The latest car has grey door handles, wing mirrors and a grey windscreen surround
The concept now features red carpets to match the body
The black and white trim of the Geneva and Goodwood show car remains
Toyota has said that the retractable roof adds less than 100kg
The concept's trim has been developed in Milan
The FT-86 Open concept looks set to become the GT86 cabriolet
The convertible retains the coupe's sharp lines in profile
The conversion to convertible was said to be straightforward
“There is an inevitable loss in rigidity when you take the roof away,” said a source, “but it’s not pronounced.”
The impact on luggage space is "minimal"
A production version of the Open concept is likely to share the coupe's drivetrain
The concept has a multi-layer fabric roof
Rigidity, balance, weight and aerodynamics still require additional work
The chassis will be retuned for a smoother ride
The Open concept retains the GT86's 2+2 layout
The standard GT86 coupé weighs 1257kg
The Open concept's phone holder is made from billet aluminium
The cabin is a blend of white, navy blue and yellow trim
With the GT86 coupe costing £24,995, a cabriolet could be nearly £30k
It is not known how the cabriolet configuration will impact rear headroom
Toyota will seek to retain the handling prowess that has made the coupe a great car
The latest iteration of the Toyota FT-86 Open concept has been unveiled at the Tokyo motor show.
Although officially a concept, Toyota is gauging reaction to the idea of an open-top GT86. The production-ready looks of the concept suggest that a fabric-roofed GT86 should soon become a reality.
The firm says "further engineering evaluation" must be undertaken on the FT-86 Open concept - FT standing for Future Toyota - for it to become a production reality. Rigidity, balance, weight and aerodynamics are the areas that require additional work.
Toyota hints that the GT86's transition from coupé to convertible should be relatively straightforward, because the coupé was 'package protected' in its design and engineering, through parts such as frameless doors, to be turned into a convertible.
“There is an inevitable loss in rigidity when you take the roof away,” said a source, “but it’s not pronounced.” Structural reinforcements have been employed in the car’s rocker panels and around its A pillar and front bulkhead.
Final production versions of the convertible derivative of the Toyota GT86 should carry less than 100kg in overall weight penalty, the firm says.
At the same time, chassis rates will be reappraised for a smoother, freer-flowing ride. “It’s not as simple as just lowing spring and damper rates,” said our source, “but we’re confident we can achieve a more laid-back compromise, as well as slightly less reactive handling, which convertible customers will want.”
The concept gets a multi-layered fabric roof with a glass rear screen that automatically retracts behind the two rear passenger seats, maintaining the 2+2 cabin and having 'minimal' impact on luggage capacity.
The concept's trim has been developed in Milan. It mixes a white exterior with a blue fabric roof and bright white and navy blue with yellow trim inside.