Toyota FT-86 Open Concept previews the GT 86 Convertible

Article by Christian A., on March 1, 2013

After one teaser, Toyota unveiled today the FT 86 Open Concept, a convertible version of the popular GT 86. Set to make its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the FT-86 Open Concept is a study model and features an electrically operated soft top, allowing a feeling of oneness with nature. As expected, the interior is identical to the coupe and comes in a high-contrast white and navy blue combination with yellow-gold carpeting.

Under the hood, there is the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that delivers 200 hp and 205 Nm of torque (151 lb-ft).

“A Milan-based designer color-coordinated the interior and exterior, with the resulting design evoking quality and sportiness. The interior and exterior feature high-contrast white and navy blue that emphasize the vehicle's proportions as well as the integrated nature of the design. In addition, yellow-gold stitching in the floor mats and seats acts as an accent conveying a sporty feel. Furthermore, the styling conveys a dramatically different impression when the roof is opened.” said the press release.

Both the platform and the engine in the Toyota GT86 are featured in the Toyota FT-86 Open concept. The Toyota FT-86 Open concept is powered by a 1,998-cc naturally aspirated, high-revving sports engine with low center of gravity. This powerplant – considered as the first horizontally opposed engine in the world with D-4S injection technology – could develop 100 DIN hp per liter. This power is sent to the rear wheels through a short throw, 'flick of the wrist' manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifting speed of only 0.2 second.

The weight of the new Toyota FT-86 Open concept is supported on the front by a MacPherson strut suspension system and on the front by a double wishbone – offering instant response, direct handling feel and superior control. In addition, the concept features an electric power steering with a quick 13.1 gear ratio – similar to that of racing cars. Stopping power is provided for large all-round ventilated disc brakes.

Interestingly, Toyota has managed to determine a number of areas within which additional engineering tests should be conducted. Toyota needs to determine the effect of any change in vehicle rigidity, weight, balance and even aerodynamics to vehicle performance.

Toyota designed the GT86 'package protected' with a convertible in mind – evidenced by the adoption of features like frameless doors – it is expected that an open-top conversion would not greatly affect the structural rigidity of the body shell. Moreover, Toyota is exploring various efficient solutions to preserve structural rigidity, like employing door lock reinforcements.

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