Toyota FT-86 Open concept

The Toyota FT-86 Open concept is a convertible version of the GT86 coupé. It features the same dimensions as the GT86. It is 4,240mm long, 1,750mm wide, 1,270mm high. The interior is accentuated by a blue roof contrasting with a white body and white leather upholstery. This attractive colour scheme was styled in Italy.

Toyota FT-86 Open concept

The topless Toyota FT-86 Open is powered by a naturally aspirated, horizontally opposed 1,998cc four cylinder engine. The powertrain is coupled with a six-speed manual gear shift or a six-speed automatic. The car is capable of producing 100bhp per litre.

The Toyota FT-86 Open concept comes with an iPod/iPhone on the dashboard.

Toyota FT-86 Open concept

Official information

WORLD DEBUT FOR TOYOTA FT-86 OPEN CONCEPT

KEY POINTS

– Toyota to unveil new FT-86 Open at Geneva motor show

– Concept created to gauge reaction to possible development of a cabriolet version of the GT86 sports coupe

– Soft-top design allows 2+2 seating format to be retained, with minimal impact on boot space

– Unique colour scheme created in Milan to reflect the city’s world-leading design status

– Toyota will present its new FT-86 Open concept for the first time at the Geneva motor show, a car created to test the water for the possible introduction of a convertible version of its globally acclaimed GT86 sports coupe.

The concept has been designed to deliver the lively, highly engaging and accessible performance and dynamic abilities of the GT86 with the added appeal of top-down motoring.

Its external dimensions match those of the coupe (length 4,240mm, width 1,750mm, height 1,270mm), with the fixed hard-top replaced by a multi-layered fabric roof with a glass rear screen. Inside it has the same 2+2 seating format, with the roof folding down behind the fixed rear seats, with minimal impact on the space available for luggage.

The show car has a special pure bright white and navy blue colour scheme designed by Toyota Boshoku Milan Design (TBMD) to capture the spirit and atmosphere of Milan, one of the world’s leading centres for fashion and design. The bodywork is finished in white, contrasting with the blue of the roof. Inside, the perforated white leather upholstery is layered over a navy blue backing, with golden yellow accent stitching and carpets.

The FT-86 Open uses the same platform and powertrain as the GT86. At its heart is the naturally aspirated, horizontally opposed 1,998cc four cylinder “boxer” engine. Equipped with Toyota’s D-4S direct injection technology, this compact unit is set low, helping lower the car’s overall centre of gravity, and is capable of producing 100bhp per litre. It drives the rear wheels through a short-throw, six-speed manual gear shift or a six-speed automatic – the latter with the world’s fastest paddle shift speed, just two tenths of a second.

As with the production GT86, it features MacPherson strut front and double wishbone rear suspension to give a direct handling feel, instant response and a high level of control. The electric power steering has a quick 13.1:1 ratio that’s on a par with racing models, while large ventilated disc brakes fore and aft deliver excellent pedal feel for car control finesse.

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.

GT86 tips the scales at only 1257kg, thanks to comprehensive weight-saving measures, giving the car a power-to-weight ratio of around 160bhp per tonne This is crucial to performance, given the car uses an engine with a relatively small capacity. Engineering the cabriolet to be “weight-neutral” relative to the coupe will be a key area of study should Toyota decided to progress with the project.

Toyota GT86 TRD

This Toyota GT86 is upgraded with TRD parts. The special edition of the car known also as Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ is offered in in black and white finish. Only 250 examples are available on the market.

Toyota GT86 TRD

The makeover of the Toyota GT86 includes bold front air dam, side skirts, rear bumper fascia, spoiler and attractive 18-inch forged alloys. The TRD brand is featured with special shift lever and radiator cap.

The GT86 TRD accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 7.7 seconds, and the the maximum speed with a manual transmission is 140 mph, while with automatic transmission is 8.4 seconds.

The car is prices at P$50,000 US (£31,495).

Toyota GT86 TRD

 

Toyota GT86 TRD

Official information
TOYOTA GT86 TRD – IT’S OFFICIAL

New GT86 TRD adds impact to Toyota’s sports coupe

– First official UK model grade to feature genuine TRD parts
– Features include forged 18-inch alloys, front and side skirts, rear spoiler, fast-response quad exhaust and TRD-branded details
– Only 250 available in the UK, on sale from 1 March
– On-the-road prices £31,495 for GT 86 TRD manual, £32,995 for the automatic

Since its launch last year, the Toyota GT86 has revitalised Toyota’s reputation for building cars that are all about the pure pleasure of driving. Now the hugely acclaimed sports coupe – shortlisted for both European and World Car of the Year awards – gains even more appeal with the introduction of the new GT86 TRD.

Just 250 examples will be available, equipped with genuine design and performance features from TRD (Toyota Racing Development), one of the world’s most accomplished and successful after market engineering businesses.

GT86 is the first UK Toyota for which official TRD parts have been used to create a specific production model grade.

The GT86 TRD , on sale from 1 March, will create a new halo model for the 2+2 coupe range. Both six-speed manual and automatic versions will be available, in a choice of two colours: Pearl White and GT86 Black. On-the-road prices are £31,495 for the manual and £32,995 for the auto.

The focus is on sports styling, but not at the cost of GT86’s essential performance and handling character. The package includes 18-inch cast TF6 alloys, deep front and side skirts, a rear bumper spoiler and a fast-response quad-exhaust system with a rear diffuser to increase stability. The TRD touches also extended to a branded radiator cap and fuel filler cover, while inside the car there is a new TRD gear shift lever.

These items are all in addition to GT86’s established equipment specification, which includes HID headlamps, front fog lamps, limited slip differential, Smart Entry and Start, dual-zone climate control, analogue dials and meters, drilled aluminium pedals, sports seats, scuff plates, cruise control and the Toyota Touch multimedia system.

Acceleration and maximum speed are unchanged at 7.7 seconds for 0-62mph and 140mph for the manual and 8.4 seconds and 130mph for the automatic. There are slight changes in fuel consumption and emissions: 192g/km and 34.9mpg for the manual and 181g/km and 36.2mpg for the automatic (all figures official combined cycle).