Toyota FT-86 Open Concept
whether a droptop version of the Top Gear Car of the Year 2012 will be a reality, very much depends on the reception when the Toyota FT-86 Open Concept makes its appearance at the next week’s Geneva Auto Show. maintaining its 2+2 seating configuration, the FT86 Open shares the exact external dimensions of the much celebrated GT86 coupe, but now earned a multi-layered fabric roof (possibly electrically-operated) with a glass rear screen for those who dig the idea of catching the wind in their hair. the roof is said to fold down behind the fixed rear seats “with minimal impact on the luggage space.” though no specific were offered with regard how much volume will be left with the roof squeezed in there. powering the concept cabriolet is the same drivetrain on the GT86, which is the natural-aspirated 2-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine with Toyota’s D-4S direct injection technology. no mention of any change in outputs (power and torque), so we supposed we will be expecting the same 200 ponies (147 kW), along with a peak torque of 205 Nm (151 lb-ft). other known facts include a suspension setup consisting of MacPherson strut front and double wishbone rear, electric power steering, all round large ventilated disc brakes, larger wheels and tires package (again, no specific as yet), a claimed “near-perfect” weight distribution of 53:47, and a choice of short-throw, six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic with paddle shift. the show car has a bodywork in white, while the fabric roof is said to be in blue and the cabin is dominated by a two-tone leather upholstery with golden yellow stitching. take a few more look in the the gallery below, or scroll down further to see this concept topless beauty in motion.