Toyota FT-86 Open Concept yüzünü gösterdi…
6 ileri kademeli otomatik ya da manüel şanzımanla kombine edilen aracın kalbinde Toyota’nın D-4S port/direk enjeksiyon dokunuşuyla Subaru kaynaklı tabi emişli 2.0 litre boksör motora (horizontally opposed boxer engine) yer açılmış…
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Toyota FT-86 Open Concept
C’mon in, Toyota, the water’s fine. Just ask Mazda. March 2013
BY ANDREW WENDLER
Although Toyota maintains that the FT-86 Open concept you see here is simply an exercise to “test the water” for the possible introduction of a convertible version, we’d say the collective public already is in the pool. From the moment the first images of the Scion FR-S (known in Europe as the Toyota GT 86, and simply as the 86 in other markets) and its Subaru BRZ twin filtered across the interwebs, a single question has persisted in forums, enthusiast sites, and the automotive press: “Will there be a convertible?”
For show-car purposes, Toyota Boshoku Milan Design (TBMD) took the reins, with the designers coming up with a classic, Milan-influenced white-and-blue scheme, the white bodywork contrasting with a navy-blue top. The interior gets perforated white-leather upholstery over a navy backing, with golden-yellow accent stitching and carpets.
Toyota claims the multilayered softtop and its glass rear window fold down to store neatly behind the Lilliputian rear seats, while making minimal impact on luggage space. (Commendable measures to be sure, but honestly, we’d pretty much forgotten the 86 even had a back seat—or a trunk, for that matter.) Exterior dimensions remain unchanged compared to the global-market GT 86, at 166.9 inches long, 68.9 inches wide, and 50.0 inches high. (The North American–only FR-S is 0.2-inch shorter, an inch wider, and 0.6-inch taller.)
The powertrain and chassis essentially are unchanged from the coupe. The Subaru-sourced, naturally aspirated 2.0-liter horizontally opposed boxer engine (fitted with Toyota’s proprietary D-4S port/direct injection) mates with either a six-speed manual or automatic. Struts in front and a multilink setup out back handle suspension duties. Likewise, the 13.1:1 electric power steering carries over, as do the brakes.
Toyota claims it is further evaluating how going topless can impact the performance, balance, weight, aerodynamics, and rigidity of the GT 86. But it somewhat paradoxically also states that the car was designed with development of a cabriolet in mind from the start. Regardless, various measures intended to maintain chassis rigidity are currently being analyzed, including the use of door-lock reinforcements, while also keeping a focus on low overall weight. Toyota hopes to keep the cabriolet “weight neutral” relative to the coupe’s figure of less than 2800 pounds. Should development progress, of course.
If it goes into production, will we get a topless Scion FR-S version to call our own? We—and sporty roadster lovers on a budget—will gladly take it.
So c’mon in, Toyota, the water’s fine. The Miata’s had the pool to itself for long enough. / Car and Drive