• Apr 10, 2008
At a press conference in Japan today, Toyota CEO Katsuaki Watanabe finally confirmed that his company is jointly developing a pair of rear-wheel-drive sports cars with Subaru. Each brand will get its own version of the car, which will be powered by one of Subaru's boxer engines, though the engine's displacement, power output and even number of cylinders is not yet known. We're also not sure if the Subaru version will feature the brand's trademark all-wheel-drive system either as an option or standard equipment, or whether Toyota might offer AWD as well in an homage to the Celica GT4 (we hope so!). The styling will most likely resemble the sketch that was published by Autocar yesterday, though we don't expect one car to be a rebadged version of the other. Mark your calendars for 2011, which is when the new sports cars are scheduled to arrive. They'll be riding on a brand new platform and be built in Japan at a new plant by Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru. Toyota also confirmed rumors this morning that it will be buying up more of Fuji, raising its stake in the company from 8.7.
These RWD sports cars will mean a lot for both companies, as Subaru hasn't offered a performance coupe since the slightly odd SVX, and Toyota all but abandoned performance models after the Supra, Celica and MR2 were cancelled.

[Source: Automotive News, Autocar]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      ummm...

      What was the Impreza 2.5RS coupe? It came after the SVX was cancelled.

      Color me giddy that this is confirmed to be officially official.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wohooo!!! I've been ill-impressed with the recent Subaru models, primarily due to lack of a new coupe to replace my 2.5RS. I've been near ready to abandon the Subaru family and move to something else AWD coupe like a 335XI or older 911, but just not ready for a classy car i'll feel bad crankin miles on and flingin rocks at. Thanks Subaru! Just PLEEEASSSE don't let it look like a Celica!
      • 6 Years Ago
      just make the damn FR already...Toyota takes sh!t forever!!!ugh~~come on~~ Thy're not making a new supra or something, why dose it take so long damn. I want a FR!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Toyota abandoned performance long before the Celica and MR2 were canceled. Color me skeptical.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I wouldn't say that. The last-gen Celica was a very lightweight car with great steering, a good cockpit and an fun powertrain. It wasn't hyperkinetically fast, but it was fun to drive.

        I'd say the same for the MR2. Mid-engine balance for half the price of a Boxster.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "the fact that they are talking about a high hp variant has me a little worried, it cant be as light as possible if it can also handle 300 hp. the compromises of car design require you to pick one. i would rather have 2400 lbs and 120 hp than 2800 and any amount of power. there are tons of cars that can deliver the second experience and virtually none that can deliver the first. "

      The Celica GT (140 hp) and GT-S (180us/190 euro) have those weight figures and they are considered slow.

      The kiddies want a fast tank.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll take my Celica GT-Four in Fujiwara Tofu livery, thank you.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow!
      IMHO this means that Toyota/SUnaru are following the LEADERSHIP position shown by the Hyundai Genesis Coupe!
      GULP! How times are changing....
        • 6 Years Ago
        I too, believe Hyundai has assumed or is assuming a position of flag bearer but could it be that Subaru/Toyota already had their RWD Subaryoto/Toyobaru coupe in planning stages before the Genesis coupe was uncovered?
        Hats off to Hyundai...hats off to Subaru/Toyota...hopefully the competition will bring better vehicles at better prices for the consumer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I miss the SVX. I would like to see it back in production, ESPECIALLY with those silly windows.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Do it. but if it had a pure torque launch like an electric, it would change the game
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wonderful, the Toyota dominion moving to swallow Subaru.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If they swallow Subaru to produce things like this... more power to them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is EXACTLY the sort of thing I've been waiting for from Toyota, having owned the 5th and 7th Gen Celica and the SW20 MR2....I know Toyota has people reading boards or something, and if they can read this, THANK YOU, and I'll be lining up to buy one come 2011. FOR SURE.
        • 6 Years Ago
        this car will be made or broken in the things like steering feel, brake modulation, shifter feel, ect.
        • 6 Years Ago
        totally agree, i hated toyota as much as anyone else with a soul but this is just fantastic news.

        love it, thank you toyota, never thought i would hear myself say that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is really good news. Genesis coupe, SVX, and a Celica All-trac sounds like a return of affordable sports cars. Not all of us can pay 30k+ for a decent RWD coupe. All we need now is for Nissan and Mazda to get back in the game. Where's that "first arrow into battle" Mazda? By the time the Kabura comes out Subyota will have allready won the war.
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