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Convertible Scion FR-S May Show Up Next Year

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On: Thu, May 10, 2012 at 4:57PM | By: Chris Weiss

Convertible Scion FR-S May Show Up Next Year

After years of development, the pieces are all in place for the Toyota GT 86 (Scion FR-S) and Subaru BRZ. The models went on sale a few weeks ago and should start showing up on roadways soon. Next step? An open-topped FR-S/GT 86.

If Toyota is serious about bringing back its past reputation for sporty, fun-to-drive cars, it won't be able to ignore the sports convertible segment. An entry level sports coupe might be a fun ride, but it doesn't offer quite the same experience as a summer jaunt down a coastal highway with the top down. Toyota needs a convertible to return some excitement to driving.

Toyota could build a new convertible, but why should it bother when it already has the perfect platform in the reasonably priced, reasonably powerful FR-S/GT 86? According to Car and Driver, it will indeed use the FR-S platform for a soft-top convertible. An FR-S roadster could debut as soon as next year (Tokyo Motor Show, perhaps?), and it should price between the FR-S' $25,000 base and $30,000.

If we take the report at face value, Toyota engineers are also working on other possible FR-S spinoffs like a sport sedan or lengthened coupe. It doesn't sound as though any of these models have been approved for development yet, so don't get too attached.

We assume that Toyota would build a GT 86 convertible for markets where it's sold in place of the FR-S. What's not as clear is if Subaru will follow in Toyota's footsteps by building a BRZ convertible. However, a report shortly after the BRZ's Tokyo debut last year suggested that a BRZ convertible is also in the works.


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