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Subaru FT-86 Model To Launch In Geneva

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On: Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 5:06PM | By: Chris Weiss

Subaru FT-86 Model To Launch In Geneva

If we take a trip back in time all the way to the Tokyo Motor Show of October 2009, we'll find the original FT-86 concept, a sports coupe created through a partnership between Toyota and Subaru. That partnership was always designed to develop both the FT-86 and a Subaru version of the FT-86, but for a long time all we have had was speculation, spy shots, and media-made mock-ups of Subaru's end of the deal.

Well, we won't have to wait much longer to see what Subaru has created with Toyota's help. The company announced that it will introduce its own sports coupe concept at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The FT-86 was a rear-wheel-drive car powered by Subaru's 2.0-liter Boxer four. That engine delivered up to 200 horses onto the rear wheels. The production version of that car was expected to launch this year, but has since been delayed and will likely debut in 2013. The next iteration of the model is expected to debut later this year at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Meanwhile, Subaru hasn't even gotten a concept version out. Subaru's model is expected to be more powerful and upscale than Toyota's and may benefit from the turbocharged version of the Boxer four from the Impreza WRX STI. Like the FT-86, it's expected to feature a six-speed manual gearbox, and will represent a move from Subaru's AWD system to the shared rear-wheel-drive platform. The Geneva concept will demonstrate how Subaru plans to use its horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine in a rear-wheel configuration.

Subaru hasn't released any official details on its sports coupe and even the name remains an unknown, though Subaru did say that the concept will carry the clunky tag "2011 Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept". Catchy!

Subaru will also show its already debuted Impreza Concept at the show, as well as the Toyota-based Trezia compact wagon.


Exhibition Outline of the 81st Geneva International Motor Show

Tokyo, January 14, 2011 - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today announced that it will exhibit the "SUBARU IMPREZA CONCEPT" and the "Subaru Trezia" as European premieres at the 81st Geneva International Motor Show slated for March in Geneva, Switzerland (Press day: March 1 and 2; Open to the public from March 3 through 13, 2011). The "Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept" will also be showcased as a world premiere.

The Subaru Impreza Concept is the first concept model to be released under Subaru's new brand strategy.
Designed to show a possible direction for future Impreza models, the concept also embodies Subaru's new brand statement "Confidence in Motion". Expressing Subaru's brand core value of "enjoyment and peace of mind", the Subaru Impreza Concept fuses a sleek and lean form that exudes dynamism and elegance. It also features a spacious and plush four-seat interior for a safe and comfortable ride.

-Major specifications-
Length x Width x Height: 4,520 x 1,820 x 1,430 mm, Wheelbase: 2,640 mm Power Unit: New Generation Subaru Boxer engine (2.0-litre 4-cylinder Horizontally-Opposed engine) plus Lineartronic (CVT)

The Subaru Trezia represents a proposal of new value to meet the increasing demand for smaller and environmentally friendly cars in Europe. The key phrase for this product is "New Compact Smart Wagon". The model provides the benefits of the Subaru wagon-style in an overall body size of less than 4 meters in length. This touring compact car offers a string of other benefits, from the strong presence of the exterior to the highly efficient package of the roomy and quality interior and easy-to-use utility space. With CO2 emissions of 113 g/km*, the Trezia combines superior environmental friendliness and highly responsive SUBARU IMPREZA CONCEPT Subaru Trezia driving.

A 1.3-litre petrol engine and 1.4-litre turbo diesel engine are available in the European markets.
*For the 1.4-litre turbo diesel models

-Major specifications-
Length x Width x Height: 3,995 x 1,695 x 1,595 mm, Wheelbase: 2,550 mm

A Subaru rear-wheel drive sports car is currently under joint development as part of the business alliance with Toyota Motor Corporation. Based on an all-new platform, the vehicle will offer Subaru's distinctive trademark and core technology: the "Horizontally-Opposed Subaru Boxer engine". The concept embodies Subaru's established know-how in manufacturing boxer-powered passenger cars; it shows how Subaru proposes to integrate this expertise into a rear-wheel drive car to offer a new and highly enjoyable, Subaru-like driving experience. The technology concept will demonstrate how the all-new car platform makes full use of Subaru's engineering and Boxer technology.

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