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Scion FR-S convertible on the way?

Stephen Edelstein

Dropping the top on Scion's sports car could attract much-needed attention to Toyota's "youth" brand.
The dust is still settling from the launch of Scion’s affordable sports car, the FR-S, and its Subaru BRZ twin. While some enthusiasts wonder if more powerful versions are on the way, engineers in Japan are thinking about cutting the cars’ roof off.

The FR-S and BRZ were codeveloped by Subaru and Scion’s parent, Toyota, with convertible versions in mind. According to Toyota project engineer Tetsuya Tada, a convertible is “technically feasible.” He said he would leave that decision up to the marketing department.
Product planners at Toyota and Subaru are mum, but it is possible that at least one of the cars (BRZ, FR-S, or the overseas market Toyota 86/GT86) will go topless. Toyota hopes to keep sales momentum going by offering different variants; the company is already working on a performance package for its version. Since the FR-S was engineered to be both a hardtop and convertible, Toyota wouldn’t have to invest too much many to make a completely different variant.
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