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More Details On Subaru FT-86

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On: Mon, May 23, 2011 at 10:39AM | By: Chris Weiss

More Details On Subaru FT-86

So far, the partnership between Toyota and Subaru has been all Toyota. Beginning in 2009, Toyota has shown three versions of the jointly developing sports car platform: the original Toyota FT-86 in Tokyo 2009, the Toyota FT-86 II at this year's Geneva Motor Show, and the Scion FR-S at the New York Auto Show just last month. Meanwhile, Subaru has shown only a shell of a concept meant to convey its rear-wheel layout.

But, that will all change this year, with Subaru catching up in a hurry.

Subaru will show a full sports coupe at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show this December, the same show at which Toyota will unveil the final production version of the FT-86. Apparently, Subaru's car will be production-ready or near-production-ready too, because Inside Line reports that production will begin just a few months after Tokyo in spring 2012.

Like the FT-86, the Subaru will be powered by the 2.0-liter boxer four. Subaru will stray from its all-wheel-drive roots in developing a rear-wheel platform for the coupe. Output figures for the Subaru and FT-86 are unknown, though 200 horses has been estimated for the Toyota, and the Subaru is expected to be the more powerful version of the two.

Unfortunately, Inside Line relays word from insiders that Subaru does not plan to offer a turbo 2.0 four version or all-wheel-drive version of the coupe. While the latter isn't a huge surprise—why go through all the trouble of developing a specific, RWD layout if you're just going to offer an AWD, anyway—it's surprising that they won't at least equip a turbo.

U.S. sales will begin shortly after production commences next spring, so, by this time next year we may be starting to see the first Subie FT-86s on highways.

Spin-off cars like a convertible and smaller, less expensive coupe may follow the Toyota FT-86 and Subaru to market, but no plans have been confirmed.


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