Toyota shows off with their 86 Open Concept

1 March, 2013 | by Benedict Pather

Who wants Toyota to unveil their topless version of their jaw-dropping 86 sports coupe? The question should be who doesn’t. Scheduled to be released next week at the Geneva International Motor Show, the Japanese car maker has basically gone and teared the roof off their popular 86 model.

Following a teaser sketch about a month ago, Toyota finally releases official images and a video of their drop-top 86 convertible. This will be the first time that the auto giant releases a topless car since its 2002 – 2006 MR2 Spyder.

According to Toyota this concept is “a study model based on the rear-wheel drive 86 sports car that was created to test and verify potential sports car variations.” Speculation is that engineers have already started tests on the prototype. Little else is known thus far.

Scan over the images and you’ll notice the vibrant features that adorn the inside of the cabin. Check out the contrasting white and navy blue materials with yellow gold stitching on the floor mats and the seats. Good luck keeping that clean.

Mechanically we suspect a 2.0-litre boxer petrol engine, with the hard top, delivering 147kW/205Nm to the rear wheels, but this is yet to be confirmed. Does this mean an open-top version of its mechanical twin, Subaru’s BRZ is on the way? Let’s wait and see. Check out the latest video of the Open Concept which they shot in Cape Town.


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