Upcoming convertible teased in sketch form before concept is shown at Geneva
Toyota has confirmed that it’ll be bringing its FT-86 Open to Geneva. And while it’s still officially a concept, the car looks set to be a GT-86 convertible in all but name.
Here's one we made earlier...
As we reported back in March, the go-ahead has already been given for an open-topped version of the GT-86. Indeed, appetite for this derivative over at Toyota is strong. As Autocar reports, Toyota’s tech bods know they’re onto a winner with the GT-86, and they want to capitalise on that by churning out a clutch of different variants. No word yet on what those will be, although Gazoo Racing’s fascinating turbo-supercharged effort, as well as the slightly more low-key TRD package, both show that there are undoubtedly plenty of ideas bubbling around in the GT-86 development stew.
However, for now, all we know for sure is that the first '86-based car we can look forward to will be the drop-top. The sketch suggests it’ll be a two-plus-two, and logic would dictate that it’ll retain the fizzy 200hp, 151lb ft 2.0-litre boxer engine of the coupe. Early reports have, however, suggested that the price may be a trifle on the steep side – around £5,000 more than the coupe, to be precise.
Leaving price to one side for the moment, the real challenge for Toyota will be whether it can keep the convertible simultaneously stiff enough and light enough to retain the same pure driving experience that made the coupe our Car Of The Year. If it manages that, and assuming the price isn’t too unpalatable, then the lure of the GT-86 chassis combined with the appeal of blue-sky motoring will prove hard to resist.
I agree, I would-I've just bought the mini gp which although not totally stripped out is at least in that direction.
However, although the R26.R was released at the beginning of the financial recession, it has to be said they hardly sold any. Mine was no154 & was one of the last batch of 6 brought into the UK
And a mini GP costs what - £28,790?
Making (and buying) cars is not longer something that can be done 'on the cheap'.
At least, until Dacia or Tata release sports cars...
Stig03 Feb 2013
Not at all.
However, it is a shame that they don't look outside the JDM and give a percentage of the population a chance to buy what is missing from the mass offering: a cost effective track car.
The R26.R was the last factory caged, semi-affordable, mainstream offering that I can recall (can anyone name an OEM spec car with a cage option that is sub 911 GT3 price?)
Please Toyota, Subaru, etc, give the UK a stripped out, cage option, GT86/BRZ - there is no competition in this market segment!
Make power windows, A/C and rear seats an option.
Add cage and harnesses as a dealer fit/factory option
2 things prevent this.
1) Have you seen the GBP/YEN exchange rate? 2) Toyota GB is a business - not a charity
As for making a stripped out version an option; trouble is the market for it would be tiny as to make the business case VERY hard to justify at a time when even selling mainstream models is a struggle. See point 2 above.
Stig03 Feb 2013
From 7tune earlier today:
Wonder if they'll lose the back seats…
P/shop. The concept will be shown in Geneva.
Stig03 Feb 2013
They should only release this variant in STI/TRD guise, with the extra 30bhp to disguise the added weight and compromised chassis.
Is there a large enough market for a car like this at over £30k? I'm not so sure.
But then what do I know?
Do you really think Toyota design the car, then think 'Hey guys, here's an idea - let's make it a convertible too!' or that they factor it into the chassis design in the first place?
As for 'is there a market for this car'. Ironically, given its size and weather the UK outsells Europe for convertibles - however, that's not the point. The US market alone justifies the development.
Besides, being a convertible makes it easier to fit a roll cage
Rumblestripe02 Feb 2013
I'm no expert on the Japanese Domestic Market, but I would suspect that the market distorts demand for "stripped out" cars. I think I'm right in saying that once a car reaches a certain age in Japan it is almost impossible for it to pass the equivalent of the MOT? This means that enthusiast culture is denied options like running a twenty year old Porsche as a "drivers car" and "shedding" is impossible. Hence the market for "JDM" cars which then end up shipped to Blighty at teh end of their legal lives in the land of the Rising Sun.
Perhaps someone with greater knowledge of Japan and it's car culture could correct my perceptions?