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

February 28, 2013
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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?

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