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Geneva 2013 Live: Toyota FT-86 Open – The concept that announces a future convertible

Toyota FT-86 Open concept was unveiled before the public at Geneva Motor Show 2013. The FT-86 Open wants to study the potential customers opinion about a future convertible version of the sports model.

Toyota FT-86 Open - Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live

Toyota FT-86 Open – Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live

The Japanese has officially unveiled at Geneva Motor Show the new Toyota FT-86 Open, a concept that anticipates the sports model convertible version. There isn’t much change in design, FT-86 being dominated by the same aggressive lines as GT86. The only novelty is the fabric folding roof, electrically operated.

Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live: Toyota FT-86 Open photo gallery

Toyota FT-86 Open Live at Geneva Motor Show 2013

In the official Toyota press release it is shown that the convertible will offer a sense of communion with nature, while keeping a feeling of communion with the car.

For interior of the new Toyota FT-86 Open, the Japanese didn’t operate major changes, preferring to play with warm tones. The leather seats are white, the dashboard is blue and the floor mats are yellow.

Aluminum pedals and other metallic inserts aren’t missing either. The place of multimedia system was taken by a smaller audio unit, but only temporarily, because the series version will share the same technologies as the coupe.

Toyota FT-86 Open has an electrically operated folding fabric rooftop with glass on the back, which is stored in the luggage compartment.

The 2 +2 seat Toyota FT-86 Open weighs 1257 kg (2771 lbs) an it is slightly lower than the GT-86 (1270 mm versus 1285 mm), but otherwise, it has exactly the same dimensions.

Toyota FT-86 Open has under the bonnet the same 2.0-liter D-4S boxer engine developing 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque (205 Nm).

Toyota has pinpointed numerous areas that will need further engineering evaluation to assess the impact of the cabriolet design on performance, vehicle rigidity, balance, weight and aerodynamics. However, with features such as frameless doors, the GT86 was designed with the development of a cabriolet in mind, which means the impact on structural rigidity by converting to an open-top design should not be great. Efficient measures to preserve rigidity are being analysed, such as the use of door lock reinforcements.

GT86 has a near-perfect 53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution, helping deliver ideal response to even subtle steering, throttle and brake inputs, and a low, 460mm centre of gravity. While introducing a fabric roof is likely to bring the centre of gravity even lower, further engineering analysis will be needed to match the balance of the coupe.

Toyota FT-86 Open Video – Geneva Motor Show 2013 Live


Toyota FT-86 Open via Toyota stand at Geneva Motor Show 2013

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