Toyota FT-86 Open Concept World DebutPosted by: Kenny Chan onMarch 5th, 2013
When Toyota first announced that they will be showcasing a concept version of a convertible FT-86 (Scion FR-S) there was a lot of excitement. When images of the vehicle were leaked after it was shot sitting outside of a warehouse without any cover, the car looked just as good as everyone imagined. Now, after Toyota has officially unveiled the FT-86 Open Concept at the Geneva Motor Show, we can only hope that they will bring this vehicle to market–without pricing it out of reach. Price has always been a concern on the FR-S, it is a popular vehicle do to its performance and value.
Toyota built this concept to gauge public reaction to a convertible version of the super popular coupe and it looks like they tried to keep the changes to a minimum. The fixed hard-top has been replaced by a fabric roof with a glass rear screen. The roof folds down behind the rear seats with minimal impact on trunk space. The interior 2×2 seating configuration is unaffected.
The FT-86 drop-top utilizes the same engine and drivetrain as the coupe. Because it is just a concept, Toyota still has to assess the impact of chopping the roof off and will need to address vehicle rigidity, balance, weight and aerodynamics. While a convertible was on the table during the initial design of the coupe, it was designed with a convertible in mind so Toyota believes that the impact on structural rigidity will be minimal. The coupe offers a 53:47 front to rear weight distribution, and with the folding roof stored near the rear, the weight balance may move closer to a 50:50 split.