World debut of Toyota FT-86 Open Concept | 2013 Geneva Motor Show
Toyota introduced the show model FT-86 Open Concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The FT-86 is Toyota’s means to better understand the future of the popular GT86. The world debut of the FT-86 could therefore mean the possible introduction of the convertible version of the GT86 Sports Coupe.
The FT-86 is based on the framework and DNA of the GT86. The added feature is the top-down motoring.
What features of the FT-86 are in line with the parent model GT86? There’s many. To start off, the external dimensions of the FT-86 match those of the Coupe (length 4,240 mm, width 1,750 mm, height 1,270 mm). The fixed hard-top has been replaced by a multi-layered fabric roof with a glass rear screen.
The 2+2 seating format, the platform and the powertrain have been retained. Both GT86 and FT-86 are equipped with the 1,998cc four-cylinder “boxer” engine coupled with Toyota’s D-4S direct injection technology. This allows the car to produce 100bhp per liter.
The rear wheels are driven by a six-speed manual gear shift or a six-speed automatic which produces the world’s fastest paddle shift speed of two-tenths of a second.
Again just like the production GT86, the FT-86 also comes with the MacPherson strut front and double wishbone rear suspension for more control. The electric power steering wheel has a 13.1:1 ratio, much in line with racing models.
Pricing and availability details are under wraps as of yet.
The 2013 Geneva Motor Show also world premiered the Toyota i-Road Concept designed to offer quick commuting for two people.
Also unveiled in Geneva were the Auris Touring Sports that goes on sale later this year. The new RAV4 also made its first European motor show appearance at the show. RAV4’s debut will be supported by two design studies- the RAV4 Premium and the RAV4 Adventure.
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