Our image from Tokyo motor show highlights the FT-86 Open's roof for the first time
Mark Tisshaw
14 November 2013

The latest iteration of the Toyota FT-86 Open concept has been unveiled at the Tokyo motor show.

The car had previously been seen at the Geneva motor show and the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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.

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14 November 2013
Not bad at all

15 November 2013
This is how I like my convertibles: space behind the back seats which for insurance purposes is called 2+2 but in reality it's just a place to chuck stuff when you are on a long drive. They are right to soften the car for the convertible crowd, but they need to lose the show-car wheels with tyros that disappear when viewed from the side.

15 November 2013
I love the looks of the GT-86 but for me this doesn't look right...

Myk

15 November 2013
Much better looking than the coupe, which is unusual. Considering Toyota said they definitely wouldn't make this, they seem to be spending a long time refining and re-showing it. Where I'd dismissed the coupe from my buying list recently, the loss of the roof makes it a more attractive proposition.

15 November 2013
Toyota's MX5....?,well, no, not really, but the images have a look of Mazda's nice little earner,it looks good with the Roof off.

Peter Cavellini.

15 November 2013
That looks VERY attractive :) As important, significant, as the new open-top convertible - with its multi-layered fabric roof - is the preview of the “two-tone” interior which includes lighter colours . . . compared to what can only be described as the "funereal" interior of the existing coupe - even when it includes the “red” option :(

15 November 2013
Remove the badges and in my eyes that looks a collaboration between Honda and Mazda. Can't see any Toyota influence at all.

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