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Subaru Teases Boxer Sports Car Architecture Concept (a.k.a. Subie FT-86)

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On: Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 10:07AM | By: Chris Weiss


Subaru Teases Boxer Sports Car Architecture Concept (a.k.a. Subie FT-86)

You know, when word of Subaru's new concept first came out, I thought: "Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept: what an absolutely awful name." So I was quite relieved to read that Subaru was changing the name before Geneva. For about a quarter of a second. Because right after that I read the new name: "Boxer Sports Car Architecture Concept". Wow, a nearly-as-long and terrible concept name that I have to write at least two or three times for my article. Great.

However bad the name, the concept itself will be an exciting look at how Subaru utilizes its horizontally opposed Boxer four in a rear-wheel-drive layout. Subaru released its first teaser picture last week, showing the engine inside the skeleton of the car.

The BSCAC is the second half of a team-up between Toyota and Subaru. The first half was the Toyota FT-86 concept that Toyota debuted at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show and will update in Geneva next week. Like the FT-86, Subaru's model will be an RWD two-seater, but it will be the more powerful, expensive of the two cars.

In addition to adding rear-wheel drive to Subaru's lineup, the BSCAC will show off an all-new platform and some new design language. We imagine it should pick up where the Impreza Concept, shown at the LA Auto Show, left off.

In addition to its teaser picture, Subaru put up a teaser website. We assume they're going to add a teaser picture or two before Geneva, because right now it's limited to the picture of the engine and a pretty broad explanation: "The RWD Sports Car adds a completely new package to Subaru's existing AWD line-up, making Subaru's legendary on-road performance even more accessible. Its stunning performance stems from Subaru's key component—The Horizontally Opposed Boxer Engine. The 'Boxer Sports Car Architecture' embodies Subaru's new definition of driving excitement, and is a true technical masterpiece that assures drivers a level confidence that only a Subaru can provide."

We kind of knew all that already. Hopefully, they'll put a little more meat on those bones. Otherwise, it hardly seems worth a whole website. There isn't even a countdown clock.

Whatever the case, we'll see more of this concept, along with the latest FT-86 update, this week.




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