Subaru is famous for its all-wheel-drive models, that’s a fact. But the next sports car, developed in cooperation with Toyota is a rear-wheels-drive model, and according to Subaru officials this will be the only version to be offered as a conversion to a AWD platform will cost too much. We are just wondering what will the company do to fill lack of mechanical differentiation from the FT-86 so they will not loose their faithful customers.

Until now is only known that Subaru will offer a STI version and a R205-like special edition. But will this be enough?

Short reminder: the FT-86 is a compact, rear wheel drive sports concept powered by a 2.0 Liter horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated four cylinder gasoline burning engine supplied by Subaru. In its non boosted form, the flat four make a maximum output of 150 HP, but the automaker is toying around with the idea of a more powerful super charged version depending on consumer demands, but for now we will have to settle for a simple boxer engine connected to a 6 speed manual transmission and equipped with ADVICS brakes.

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Source: 7tune

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5 comments:

  (461) posted on 03.18.2010

Well i must say that this is a good competitor of CR-Z they almost have the same HP as the CR-Z though.

  (780) posted on 03.17.2010

alex_black i think they will but for sure they’ll offer it on an RS version like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo and A regular EVO.

Uncia  (868) posted on 03.17.2010

The AE86 was a Toyota, not a Subaru, and therefore it should be the FT-86 rather than the Subaru version that should build upon the AE86’s heritage. Subaru needs to add their own AWD Subie flare with their own, different version.

Uncia  (364) posted on 03.16.2010

I bet they won’t able to get the version because it’s concept is based on the AE86 and for sure the purpose of the FT-86 is for drifting.

Uncia  (868) posted on 03.15.2010

The FT-86 does not have a maximum output of 150 bhp. According to the lead designer the current specification prototype has 220 bhp, weighs 2266 lbs, hits sixty in 5.9 seconds and should obtain a 31 mpg rating on the EPA highway cycle.

And I think that Subaru is making a big mistake by offering a rear-drive version, and I’m surprised that the companies would allow this kind of similarity. As this is essentially the exact same car with a different body, all that this creates is self-competition between the two companies with their shared car. It’s the same dilemma which plagued the Pontiac Vibe/Toyota Matrix duo, which, although they’re both great economy cars, turned out to be a terrible deal for both of them. For a company which has always prided itself on learning from its mistakes, it sure seems odd that Toyota is about to repeat the Matrix/Vibe problem with this new car. I think that Subaru should offer a slightly raised-up AWD version of the car. This would allow the Toyota version to conform to most sport compact markets, and the Subaru one to those people living in the mountains or in places which receive heavy precipitation but who still want a little sport in their driving experiences—essentially the same people with whom Subaru has always held its greatest appeal.

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