Back in 2008, Toyota and Subaru set out to make a RWD sports car that would take advantage of both of their strengths, and later details and images of these car made their way into our pages and put giant smiles on our faces. We would think that the next step would be the unveiling of production versions of the Toyota FT-86 and the Subaru FT-86, but instead, Subaru is taking a step back by unveiling the RWD Concept at the Geneva Motor Show. Really? Give us a break!

Featuring Subaru’s horizontally-opposed Boxer engine, the RWD Concept will allow the company to show potential buyers just how Subaru proposes to integrate this expertise into a rear-wheel drive car to offer a new and highly enjoyable, Subaru-like driving experience.

A production version of the Subaru RWD Coupe - ahem, the Subaru FT-86 - is expected by the end of the 2011.

Next to the RWD Concept, Subaru will also display theImpreza concept and the new Trezia.

UPDATE 02/22/2011: Subaru has released the first teaser image of their BOXER Sports Car Architecture set to make its world debut at the Geneva motor Show. Check it out!

Hit the jump for more details on the Subaru RWD Sports Car Technology Concept.

Exterior and Interior

Subaru RWD Sports Car Technology Concept Exterior
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Based on an all-new platform, the RWD Coupe will be inspired by the classic rear-drive AE86 Toyota Corolla GT coupe from the 1980s, but, the Subaru version will also get some of its design from the Impreza. However, it will shortened, lightened, and have a coupe body.

Engine

The Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept will be powered by a 2.0-liter flat four engine that will deliver 175bhp (for the naturally aspired version). Subaru will also unveil a 2.5-liter turbocharged version few months after the standard version.

For this project, Subaru has given up the standard four-wheel drive system in order to save weight. Both companies will adopt the RWD system in order to make the car more compact, lightweight, and faster.

Pricing and Sales Date

Since this is a concept, the car will obviously not be going on sale. However the production version is said to be had for a base price of under $25,000, while the STI may hit $35,000.

The main market for the upcoming model will be North America, but will also be offered in Japan and Europe.

2013 Subaru BRZ Exterior
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Competition

We don’t really care about the competition for a concept because we’ll never get a chance to ride around in one, but the production version will no doubt be competing with Subaru’s partner for top FT-86 ranking. There have been rumors that Toyota’s FT-86 may be rebadged as a Scion which may give Subaru the upper hand.

Another competitor for the Subaru RWD Concept will be the next generation Mazda MX-5 which is scheduled to be produced in 2013. This model will be powered by a newly developed four-cylinder engine with up to 160 hp. It will be a direct injection engine and will come with a start-stop system, giving it a slight upper-hand against the Subaru. Of course, the Subaru will be working with a few more horses so that upper-hand may not matter to some.

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15 comments:

  (382) posted on 12.13.2011

It looks so aggressive on its platform, especially on its front headlight. It’s a good thing as well that it is cheaper than with its competitor. Just too bad it only has a weak engine.

  (459) posted on 09.28.2011

Intriguing technology concept! As for the looks of this sports car concept, I found it very appealing on its angst and aggressive appearance, and I must say that it is already looking great on its color.

  (592) posted on 09.27.2011

Very impressive concept and technology base car. I like how it is built with high definition engine. Even the combination is obviously stunning.

  (453) posted on 05.6.2011

The price of Subaru RWD is not really good that much, Actually it is not just a good bases for making its high demand for the market.

  (325) posted on 04.28.2011

A sporty exterior design takes it a relevant car issue that posses a good quality engine. And great for competition purposes that will definitely got win of it.

  (379) posted on 03.15.2011

I rather prefer an AWD system because its space efficient. And I don’t think that its practical to use RWD,
not now that there is a political crisis going in the middle east.

  (600) posted on 02.9.2011

Subaru will also unveil a 2.5-liter turbocharged version few months after the standard version.

  (504) posted on 02.6.2011

I really love the concept,It has a huge appeal especially there are lots of good qualities that possess.

  (309) posted on 01.17.2011

dude why in the world do you love it so much? this one is a concept only and hasn’t reach the production line yet. plus too much delay for the new if this one will come to life or just a design.

  (291) posted on 01.17.2011

what rwd? so i guess they also apply the FT-86 concept here, but to be honest it like it because its price is kinda low than the competitors, plus the interior and exterior design is more sportier than ever.

  (65) posted on 01.17.2011

I always loved the Subaru cars. Unfortunately it seems it was never enough to be rally champions! Their problem is, I guess, the fact that their cars are expensive compared to competition, and no matter how well engineered they are, the design is always the one that sells the car!

  (111) posted on 01.17.2011

Is the silver car hit a tree with the front part? Because I see it deformed smiley

  (51) posted on 01.17.2011

This blue Subaru is like 99.99% of the Toyota FT86. If they will have a model with the same name I’m positive it will not be looking like a Toyota with Subaru logo smiley

  (765) posted on 01.16.2011

definitely. I guess they are really preparing the FT-86 for Drift, they got the idea on the Corolla 86, that’s why they build the FT-86 on RW layout only.

  (477) posted on 01.16.2011

wow this is something new from subaru, i guess this technology is already used in toybaru car, for sure FT86 will receive this technology.

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