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Sideways and topless


THE TOYOTA 86 has taken the world by storm with its electrifying personality and penchant for getting sideways at the slightest provocation.

Toyota has now revealed a car for people who want to do all of that, but without a roof over their heads. Called the FT-86 Open concept, it’s basically the cabriolet version of the best product the Japanese manufacturer has produced in years.

The exterior dimensions match those of the coupé, with the fixed hard top replaced by a multi-layered fabric roof with a glass screen. Inside it has the same 2+2 seating format, with the roof folding down behind the fixed rear seats and impact on the space available for luggage kept at a minimum.

The FT-86 Open uses the same platform and powertrain as the 86 - a naturally aspirated, horizontally opposed 1 998cc four-cylinder boxer engine.

Toyota claims the 86 was designed with an open-top in mind, thus the difference between it and the coupé will be minimal. Thanks to smart engineering, the concept retains the impressive power-to-weight ratio of the coupé.

At the moment Toyota has yet to confirm whether the FT-86 Open will move past the concept phase, but if we had to put money on it, we’d bet that it will indeed happen. Sooner, rather than later.

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