An insider from the Japanese automaker, Toyota, has revealed some new details regarding his employer’s future sports car built in cooperation to Subaru. The anonymous source said that despite earlier speculations, the car will only be offered with one body style. The main difference between the Subaru and Toyota will be small pieces like the front grille, head and tail light treatments and badging.

The Toyota 086A, as it is known internally, will have a sporty physical appearance. The car will be lower and wider than the old ZZT231 Celica and have an "orthodox 2+2 coupe style, with a silhouette resembling the Lexus LF-A" supercar. Under the hood the future sport compact will be a 2.0 Liter EJ20 Direct Injection gasoline flat four that will make around 200 HP and shifted through a six-speed manual transmission.

In further news, it appears that the Toyobaru has already been spotted in one way or another. Back in 2005, Lexus was caught testing what most thought to be a Lexus IS 500, instead, this was the company’s first attempt in recent years at a mass produced inexpensive rear wheel drive sports coupe. This is a big part of the company’s sales strategy, keep the car under the 2 Million Yen limit, despite talk about having to bump the price up by another half a million. When it finally does come out as a production car, expect Subaru to capitalize on having a true sports car in their lineup with an STI version, although there has been no word on any plans from TRD.

Specs after the jump.

Toyota Subaru Compact FR “086A” Specifications

Engine EJ20 Direct Injection Gasoline 4 Cylinder
Capacity 1994cc
Power 200PS
Torque 20.0kg/m
Transmission 6-Speed Manual
Wheelbase 2470mm
Total Length 4200mm
Total Width 1750mm
Total Height1300mm
Weight 1200kg
Cost 2,000,000 JPY

Source: 7tune

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  (137) posted on 06.19.2009

I guess there is a greater potential market for a small, relatively inexpensive front-engine, rear-wheel drive sporty car than a small, inexpensive mid-engine, rear-wheel drive sporty car here in North America, which is why Toyota is no longer pursuing the mid-engine type of vehicle.

  (78) posted on 06.19.2009

I personally think that the MKIII MR2 Spyder was a gem, being one of Toyota’s last attempts at creating a car aimed at sporting purists. It still had many advantages relative to the Miata, having a mid engine layout meant better weight distribution and handling characteristics. The reason the MKII MR2 Turbo was axed was because it’s sales numbers were lacking and it was struggling to meet emissions requirements in some states. While in some foreign markets, it soldiered on until 1999.

  (116) posted on 06.19.2009

When Toyota repositioned the MR2 to compete with the Miata, that’s when it failed. Toyota designed a complete flop with the MR2 Spyder. If they had gone with a lighter, modern update of the MKII, it would’ve caught on much better. Because "cutesy" only sells Miatas (sorry, MX-5s) because of their track reputation. The bulging eyes and smiling face of the Spyder only sought to drive away the majority male demographics of the MKI and MKII.
That, combined with a weak engine spelled doom for the MR2 Spyder

  (79) posted on 06.19.2009

am wondering if there could also be a purely marketing reason for using a Subaru drivetrain for Toyota’s new sporty car. Would a purely Toyota-designed sporty car be a flop, dismissed from the start because it is a Toyota? "It is a Toyota, so it cannot be a sporty car." Critics have come to perceive Toyotas as Buicks, and so will brand all new Toyotas as Buicks without giving the new Toyotas a chance to prove themselves. Why else did Toyota come out with the Scion line of small cars? Because they would not be taken seriously if they wore a Toyota badge.

  (177) posted on 06.19.2009

In order to produce a new, inexpensive (and front-engine rear-wheel drive) sporty car, Toyota has to start from scratch, with a new body design and new drivetrain. Toyota currently does not have a 4-cylinder engine suitable for a sporty car and no RWD transmission for a small 4-cylinder engined car. Toyota, through its new partner Subaru, however, does have a FR drivetrain (if you leave out the front differential). By using what is currently available and adapting it, Toyota can come to market with a small, inexpensive, light-weight sporty car at lower development expense.

  (231) posted on 06.19.2009

Interesting because D-4S is Toyota’s heavily patented dual injection system. The stock 2.5L H4 produces 170hp. With dual injection, they will undoubtedly achieve their 200hp target with ease, and then some. A direct injection only 4GR-FSE produces 204hp. If that 2.5L V6 had D-4S, it’d likely produce somewhere near 215-225hp (10% gain).

  (289) posted on 06.19.2009

I suppose there are people out there who don’t prefer a front-engine AWD layout that wants a flat-4 FR layout instead...Nope. Just go buy a Subaru now.

  (318) posted on 06.19.2009

The most annoying thing is this car wouldn’t have been needed if Toyota said "Oh we’re going to make a brand new 2005 MR2 and a new 2006 Celica GT-S". Does anybody really care about the flat-4 engine when they can have a unique mid-engined layout instead? If you wanted the flat engine in the first place you would have went to Subaru or Porsche before 2012.

  (314) posted on 06.19.2009

I just hope it can be appealing as the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Packs a Turbo on the 2.0L and a higher spec v6. The Torsen differential looks quite appealing since I love to dive into corners. Besides the name, the setup is just good. More time to toss pennies into the savings account if this continues to spin through development and go live into the market. I will never switch up to a 4door vehicle.

  (421) posted on 06.19.2009

I guess the production of Toyota Subaru Compact FR is seen as a vital part of Toyota’s “rejuvenation” efforts and reflects the company’s desire to develop a car that appeals to the younger generation of car enthusiasts. Having a FR sports car at the entry level end of the market is Toyota’s way of cementing its image as a rejuvenated car company and will surely dominate the segment as its competitors struggle to keep up.

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