Toyota FT-86 Open Concept Loses its Top Early, Leaks Ahead of Geneva

Toyota teased us with a glimpse at what a Toyobaru convertible might look like earlier this month with a sketch of the Geneva-bound FT-86 Open Concept. Now, the topless Toyobaru has been fully revealed in this set of leaked images ahead of its debut next week.

From the outside, things look just as you’d expect a convertible version of the coupe to look like, with few changes made to the body apart from the folding soft-top. Move to the inside, however, and you’ll notice a big jump in interior quality, with white, perforated leather seats, white trim pieces and steering wheel accents, and a generally more upscale feel. Contrasting the rest of the car is a yellow carpet, which oddly seems to fit in this concept. The center stack features three circular gauges flanked by a GT 86 emblem that doubles as a cell phone holder. The switchgear looks the same as the other-market GT 86, with no switch for a power top switch readily apparent. This could mean the concept sports a manual fabric roof like that of the Mazda MX-5, which will undoubtedly be this car’s biggest competitor if produced.

The FT-86 convertible retains the coupe's 2+2 seating, and Toyota claims the folding fabric top doesn't have a huge impact on cargo capacity. Using the same 200-hp flat-four engine, the car can be mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, the automaker says, and the latter with paddle shifters. The GT 86 was designed with a convertible variant in mind, and of course Toyota's goal is to engineer the convertible to be "weight neutral" compared to the production coupe.

We’ll know more about the FT-86 Open Concept when it’s officially unveiled next week in Geneva. But until then, enjoy the large gallery of leaked photos below. What do you think of the Toyobaru convertible?

Tim Lucas
Why not get the MX-5 instead?
Kwame Inkabi
Filling in the gap left by the S2000
Tamer Hamza
جميلة جدا
Rick Reny
Looks very good, but performance fans will wait for the arrival of the inevitable high performance (turbo) coupe.
Michael Ian Botvinick
yes please! with a supercharger as well!!!!
Todd Bianco
It was inevitable that Toyota/Scion/Subaru would saw the top off the shared sports car. Of course, at launch, every executive swore that there wouldn't be a convertible version and that it wasn't engineered to be topless. Anyone who looked at it knew that was a lie. Now we all know that it was a lie and that the convertible will be a very popular little car. All I can say is that the upcoming, re-engineered Mazda MX-5 Miata better be wonderful to compete with this.
Carlos Victor Perez
Nico Perez
Jerry Barvinek
Kick ass!
Frankiko Ly
A thing of a beauty!
Akshay Bhosale
Fahim Alindo
is it a 2 or 4 seats car ?
Herbert Salamánca Ramos
Fantastic! I want ;)
Andrew Luptak
Those two seats in the back look big enough for car seats or small children. This instead of a Miata?
A Maserati-ish convertible for the 99%.....

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