What happened this morning is either a major leak from or a calculated move by Toyota’s marketing department – although there’s a good chance we’ll never know which.
But the facts are that after months of speculation during which time we’ve only seen occasional glimpses of it in spy photos, we now have over two dozen of what appear to be official images of Toyota’s newest roadster concept.
Toyota FT-86 open concept
The word “concept”, however, is used here in the loosest of terms as the images displayed on the web site ft86club.com appear to be that of a nearly production-ready Scion FR-S convertible, well ahead of its unveiling at next week’s Geneva Motor Show.
Although more details will surely follow its introduction in the land of banks and cheese, this much we do know:
• The Scion FR-S (Toyota FT-86 in other parts of the world) looks every bit as good in roadster guise as it does as a coupe.
• The top (at least on the concept) is electric, not manual.
• Like the coupe, the FR-S roadster has a pair of vestigial back seats, although the center console in the droptop extends the entire length of the cockpit and the two rear seats have separate backrests.
• The convertible’s lower dash is padded and now surrounds three dials set between the upper air diffuser and radio (which, incidentally, is smaller than the current stock unit)
• The HVAC controls on the FR-S convertible concept are the toggles found on the Subaru BR-Z coupe (although Toyota has replaced the three function knobs above them with just two of their own)
• Finally, there is a very cool-looking iPhone holder located on the lower dash just to the right of the three new instruments.
Images courtesy of ft86club.com and (we think) Toyota. Click here for a high-res gallery.