The Japanese manufacturer will reveal the Toyota FT-86 Open concept in Geneva as a way to gauge customer reaction to a convertible variant, confirming long-standing rumours of a planned drop-top Toyota 86.
The FT-86 Open concept comes more than three years after Toyota showed its first FT-86 concept at the 2009 Tokyo motor show, and will make its debut nine months after the production Toyota 86 went on sale in Australia.
The current 1222kg hardtop 86 has a 147kW/205Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated Boxer engine transferring power to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
At this stage no plans have been revealed for the Toyota 86’s sister car, the Subaru BRZ, to follow suit in losing its lid, although given the vehicles' shared production, a decision by Toyota to make a convertible variant would make it simple for Subaru to join the open-top party.
The FT-86 Open concept will be joined at the Geneva show by the new fourth-generation Toyota RAV4, making its European debut.