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by Tim Beissmann

The lid has been lifted on the Toyota 86 Convertible concept ahead of its global unveiling at next week’s Geneva motor show.

Officially dubbed the Toyota FT-86 Open concept, the near-production-ready concept gives us our clearest look yet at the design of the all-but-confirmed 86 Convertible, which is expected to be revealed in its final form later this year.

The Toyota 86 Convertible concept features an electrically operated soft-top roof that stows seamlessly into the boot, maintaining the rear-wheel-drive sports car’s tight proportions and clean lines.

The 86 Convertible retains the coupe’s 2+2 cabin, and makes a statement in concept form with its contrasting white, yellow and navy blue upholstery and carpets.

The concept’s unique dashboard features a smartphone holster positioned alongside a compact audio head unit and three gauges displaying as-yet-undisclosed engine parameters.

Tipped to reach production by 2014, the Toyota 86 Convertible will almost certainly retain the coupe’s 147kW/205Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder Boxer engine that is shared with its sister car, the Subaru BRZ.

The Toyota FT-86 Open concept will be unveiled in Geneva on March 5.

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