Toyota’s FT-86 Open concept, built to gauge interest in the possibility of a convertible version of the Toyota GT86, has been updated in preparation for the Tokyo Motor Show.

The FT-86 had previously been seen at the Geneva Motor Show and the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Toyota stresses the car is still a concept, but the photos released by the company today show a vehicle in near-production form, and illustrate the fabric roof for the first time.

The company goes on to say that further engineering work is required before a GT86 Convertible becomes a reality.

Part of that challenge involves incorporating additional strengthening to compensate for the loss of the roof, most likely through the use of reinforcements in the sills and bulkhead, plus strengthening for the A-pillar to increase crash protection.

The suspension settings will also require revisions, both to adjust for the change in weight, but also because convertible customers traditionally demand a slightly softer set-up.

The revised FT-86 Open concept uses a multi-layer fabric roof with a glass rear screen, pictured here for the first time in its closed position.

There are other subtle revisions, too, such as the use of matte grey on the door handles, door mirrors and windscreen surround, while the interior carpet has been changed to match the new Flash Red paintwork.