Not many people fully understand the reasoning behind Toyota and Subaru developing different versions of the new FT-86 sports car, but it’s a fact that we all have to live with. But just because they have the same starting point doesn’t mean the two cars are not going in two directions. As of now, we’ve heard tons of things about Toyota’s version - including the fact that it will berebadged as a Scion - but today we bring new information on Subaru’s (better) version with an image of the sports car testing in the U.S. And it’s not your usual prototype; parts of the body offer an important clue as to the future car’s powerplant of choice.

The prototype caught testing features a hood bump that indicates the sports car will feature an intercooler. What does this mean? Well, it means that, yes, we are looking at an STI version, or at least at a sports car that will be powered by theImpreza STI’s turbocharged 2.5 liter engine. However, while the engine delivers 300hp in the Impreza, the FT-86 sports car will get a version that will be downtuned.

The sports car will be based on a modified Subaru Legacy platform and will be offered with RWD system, a first for Subaru since it is known for its all-wheel-drive line-up.

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Source: Autoevolution

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5 comments:

  (808) posted on 11.25.2010

It looks like they grabbed parts from all over the place and had to crush a few of them to make them bolt together.

  (780) posted on 11.25.2010

Using the same term for a mass-produced car that is supposed to sell by the dozens right now, sounds a bit pointless to me.

  (544) posted on 11.15.2010

The power dome is presumably there to accommodate a larger engine.

  (518) posted on 10.15.2010

It’s hard to say anything at all, I’d bet not a single visible piece of metal on this mule is what will be on the production model. It looks like they grabbed parts from all over the place and had to crush a few of them to make them bolt together.

  (570) posted on 10.15.2010

Toyota version, this At least Subaru techs have a hand in this project

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