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Subaru's Version of the FT-86 Gets Some Details

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On: Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 3:06PM | By: Chris Weiss

Subaru's Version of the FT-86 Gets Some Details

Toyota and Subaru have long been working jointly on the FT-86 sports coupe. While Toyota showed its cards nearly a year ago, Subaru has remained mum about its own version of the coupe. This week, Autocar revealed some details on the Subaru-spec FT-86 that indicate (not surprisingly) that it will be a more powerful version. Subaru's version, which doesn't yet have a model name, will also get more aggressive styling.

According to Autocar's report, the Subaru version of the jointly developed sports car will share the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine worth around 200 ponies with the FT-86. However, Subaru's version will also be offered with a version of the turbocharged Boxer four-cylinder from the Impreza WRX STi worth around 260 hp. That option will put it 60 horses or so ahead of Toyota's variant. The Subaru coupe will share the same six-speed manual gearbox with the FT-86. Styling-wise, the Subaru will share body panels with Toyota's version, but will get a more agressive look overall, thanks to a new front grille, altered bumpers, and different wheels.

The Subaru model will be a rear-wheel drive like the FT-86. Previous rumors pointed to the possibility of an all-wheel or four-wheel drive option, but Subaru has reportedly killed that due to the increased weight and cost of including such a system.

The Subaru will launch sometime after the FT-86 and will carry a rumored base price of £25,000 and £30,000 ($40K to $48K).

Toyota first showed its FT-86 in concept form last October. The rear-wheel-drive coupe features the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four cylinder from Subaru as well as a Subaru six-speed gearbox. The final model is expected to be tuned to around 200 hp (up from the stock 160 hp of the four-cylinder).

Originally, the FT-86 was expected to hit production late next year, but a report in Japanese car magazine Best Car this spring indicated that Toyota was pushing it back until 2013. In late July, 7Tune reported that official word from Toyota engineers was that the Toyota is still on schedule for a late-2011 release, negating Best Car's report.

Toyota's original intent was to position the FT-86 as an entry level sports coupe priced under $20,000. However, the most recent indications are that development costs have pushed that price into the mid- or high-$20's. As such, Toyota is expected to develop a smaller sports model that features a 109 hp 1.5-liter Toyota powerplant. That model will be priced under $20K.

Interestingly, a report on Edmunds today indicates that the FT-86 may be branded a Scion here in the U.S. Toyota already confirmed the FT-86 for the U.S. this past winter, and Edmunds quotes a Toyota representive with this slightly cryptic line: "We've never said the FT-86 would be sold as a Toyota in the U.S." The same report quotes VP Jack Hollis in expressing Scion's interest in offering a rear-wheel drive sports coupe priced just over $20K. Sounds a lot like the FT-86.


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