Spyshots: Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S are going topless for the summer

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Sorry, I couldn’t resist the cheesy headline.

We don’t do many spy shots here, but this is an interesting one. Both Jeff and I drove Subaru BRZ and the Scion FR-S, and both of us loved the little buggers. Now, it appears that they will be available without a roof too, and judging from the pictures they will look a bit like a shrunken Aston Martin too.

Question is – is this the direction these two cars should go toward? Wouldn’t it make more sense to offer a more powerful version of the car before a topless version? Or is there a market and demand for an affordable sporty ragtop? A Miata with small useless rear seats, if you will.

[Source: CarScoop]

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How much weight will the topless version add, and how much stiffness will it take away? Does it even matter? Who will buy these? Same people that once bought convertible Eclipses?

 

11 Comments

  1. Nope. Wrong in every way. Like Harwich Brewery increasing their market share by releasing a new version of Harwich Highlight Bitter under the banner "now tastes more like lager".
    It'll probably still be terrific. But I hate it.

  2. I need one(in five years when it's not a 50k€ car). On a Miata i would need a hatch or boot mounted rack if i had a passenger, if this does have even tiny rear seats like a 944 then i can throw the goddamn chair back there. A boot that's about 90x70x35cm would also work(barely), the current Miata is about 100x56x35cm. The only small two-seater with a boot big enough is the MINI Roadster, but the ride quality is horrible and it doesn't sound very good either.

  3. I can't recall where I read it now, but from what I've heard the 86 twins were engineered with a soft top version in mind from the beginning, so that the roof could be removed without too much heavy bracing needing to be added. Considering how hot the hard top models are still selling, I think there's a market for these. And they might as well sell a soft top first, because after the STI/TRD faster version is released, the faster version will be the one that everyone wants. Get the buyers interested while the gettin's good.

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