By on February 1, 2013

Anyone attending the Geneva Auto Show will get to see a concept version of the Toyota 86 convertible, pictured above in a sketch. Enjoy it as you sip your 7 Franc lattes. We’ll have live shots for you starting March 5th, once the show is on. Maybe it will be warm enough to put the top down on the MX-5 by then…

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17 Comments on “Scion FR-S Convertible Coming To Geneva In March...”


  • avatar
    dolorean

    Must admit, I’m entrigued. Love to see what they’ll do with the prototype. Being a convertible however, do hope they up the quality/comfort inside a tad.

  • avatar
    jco

    so.. does it still stand that we won’t get it because of cost issues? that was the report from TTAC in July:

    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/you-heard-it-here-second-no-turbo-convertible-scion-fr-s-for-america/

    • 0 avatar
      epsilonkore

      Exactly what I was thinking when I read this… I based much of why I bought my FR-S in December off the fact that there would not be a convertible version coming (TTAC and several other sites said it would only be a Euro/Asian car). I traded a Sky in for the FR-S, and it was a hard thing for me to do. True, a “back to basics sports car” is a hard top rigid design like my FR-S, but I would give up a tiny bit of that if they made a lean (no power/metal/serious weight gain top) convertible with a tiny back seat. The fact it is a Scion means that North America is being targeted…and that makes me question my recent purchase :/

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    I have this irrational fear that the FR-Zs are going to become their own brand and start to mutate the way Mini has. I’ll be very sad if they make a 4-door version and inconsolable if they make a CUV version.
    Don’t laugh, people would have laughed at the idea of a Mini CUV. Or a 4-door Porsche for that matter.

  • avatar
    Tosh

    Converting a car into a convertible smells like a cash grab — and also smells like a secretary’s car. Hello New Celica…

    • 0 avatar
      Tick

      I personally love a good convertible. Yes, you can argue about torsional stiffness and all that, but there’s nothing like smelling the river below you on a canyon carving drive. Opening a window just isn’t the same. I’ll sacrifice the .0000000000003 of a second difference in lap time to have that experience the other 99.999% I’m driving my car.

      As for being a secretary’s car. Maybe, it’s low cost and fun. So is the Miata but then again the Miata has dominated SCCA for a long time too.

  • avatar
    jimboy

    It would just be nice if they followed through for a change. How many times has toyota showed us ‘strawberry swirl’ and delivered ‘vanilla’?

  • avatar
    sastexan

    Only a little over a month before Derek can declare his anti-establishmentness (is that a word?) how the Miata is still superior to this model.

    Although he most likely will be correct. I don’t see how they can add weight (and raise the center of gravity) with the existing package and make it very appealing. Unless they rid of the (useless besides car seats) rear seats for the mechanism. And the already small (but well designed and surprisingly utilitarian) trunk/boot.

  • avatar

    I hope this doesn’t end up being another Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet–in other words, something that takes a competent and well-designed vehicle and turns it into a gutless fashion-statement with no purpose. I hope they’re aiming more for the Honda S2000 and Mazda MX-5 Miata crowd…

  • avatar
    stuki

    Wonder if they can keep it reasonably stiff. If so, chopping the top off is a nice way to route around one of the most common complaints against this car; road noise. The world needs more decent, non premium convertibles. Desperately.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    I always thought a targa version would be more appropriate. It would keep the rigidity and you could store the roof panel in the rear area. Heck even T-roofs would be swell.

    • 0 avatar
      daiheadjai

      I always wondered – aren’t T-tops more prone to leaking?
      Also, wouldn’t a convertible be more flexible (i.e. you can put the top down and back up anywhere, anytime), whereas a targa, you have to store it in your garage before you head out (and God help you if it starts to rain while you’re out)?

      • 0 avatar
        MRF 95 T-Bird

        Apparently 2nd gen F-Bodies and G-bodies with T-Tops were prone to leaking but 3rd and 4th gen were much better. Many others such as Fox body Mustangs (they dropped the T-Top option mid-cycle in the late 80′s) as well as Z-cars were quite solid and leak-free. I knew someone who had a Subaru Brat which had standard t-tops. The thing was rotted badly like most Brats at the end of it’s life, but the T-Tops were tight as new. As far as targas go, the final Pontiac Solstice coupe had a removable targa that was too large to fit in the rear area but on most Vettes they can fit in the rear.

  • avatar
    CelticPete

    It’s alot more then .0003 seconds laptime. A convertible can add 300 to 500lbs of weight. Throw in that with the lousy motor (low torque) they have in that car and combine it with the not state of the art (six speed) autobox that most will sell with – and you have a dog.

    Even with the manual not sure if you should pick this over a Miata.


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