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Convertible Toyobaru concept to debut in Geneva

(Credit: Toyota)

It looks like Toyota’s looking to rebuild buzz for one of the hottest cars launched in 2012 by dropping the top on a convertible concept variant of the GT86 coupe at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.

We've seen open-topped Scion FR-S customs at the SEMA show, but now Toyota's getting in on the drop-top fun.

(Credit: Antuan Goodwin/CNET)

The FT-86 Open revives the “FT” concept designation and hints at a possible, future open-air version of the GT86 coupe. The 2.0-liter, RWD coupe (which is sold in the US as the Scion FR-S and has been nicknamed the “Toyobaru” thanks to its co-development with Subaru) has been compared on many occasions to Mazda’s MX-5 Miata, which boasts a similar power-to-weight ratio and emphasis on handling, so a roadster variant does make a bit of sense. We’re expecting a power-retractable top, because (unlike the Miata) the GT86 has a back seat to reach over. However, it is unclear if the retractable roof will be a hard or soft type.

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