Scion FR-S Open concept pops its top in Geneva
Toyota's youth-oriented brand lops off the roof of its FR-S sport car. Where do we sign up for one?
Scion FR-S Open concept
A topless version has always been part of Scion's plans for the FR-S — sold in Europe as a Toyota GT-86 — and so all the necessary engineering changes are already built in. For this reason, too, the manufacturer reckons the open-top version should weigh no more than the coupe, which would be impressive.
The one thing the FR-S doesn't get in this guise is more power. Performance fans have awhile longer to wait. Toyota says the business case for the production version will be put together after the Geneva show; we'd say it's a done deal. So when can we have it?
2013 Scion FR-S Open concept
What is it? From the moment the FR-S project was announced, whispering about an open-top car began. Those murmurings became reality here at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, when Toyota unveiled the FT-86 Open concept, created to gauge customer reaction to a possible FR-S convertible.
What's hot? Scion says the FR-S was always designed with a convertible version in mind, which means removing the roof shouldn't result in the convertible acting like FR-S jelly. The way the coupe handles indicates this roadster could be a hoot to drive.
What's not? Scion has opted for a fabric roof rather than a folding metal hardtop. This could mean less refinement for an eventual production model — but then again, this is a sports car for which dynamics and performance are key.
How much and when? Officially the FR-S Open is only a concept, hence Toyota's "Future Technology" FT-86 model designation. Expect reaction to be strong and for the car to move swiftly toward production.
MSN Autos' verdict: The FR-S Open concept uses the same 2.0-liter 200-horsepower 4-cylinder boxer engine as its closed-roof cousin. The only thing left to say — watch out Mazda MX-5 Miata and MINI Cooper convertible.
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This might be a fun car, and the price point looks good, but that's one thing they shoulda sprung for. The roof is what sold me on the VW.