• Jun 4, 2008
AutoExpress may have provided us with a rendering of what the new RWD Subaru coupe might look like, but Winding Road's hired spies have provided the real deal. Shot outside a test center in the UK (amidst white-out conditions), the camo-clad mule is sporting some body panels pilfered from the current Legacy, but with a Toyota emblem in front, a pair of Recaro buckets inside and a shrunken trunk, there's little doubt that this prototype is more than just your standard sedan.
There's still no confirmation about what kind of output the 2.0-liter flat-four will be producing, as estimates have ranged from 180- to 220-hp, but grunt is expected to be shoveled to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox and pricing should start a few pennies shy of $20,000.

[Source: Winding Road]


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      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 6 Years Ago
      So far I still rather have a Genesis coupe but it's too early to tell
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car would do much better in the US market sales wise if it was a Toyota, IMO. Subaru is more obscure in the market here, with a following of enthusiasts.

      Looks terrible now, but then again the jacked up Chevy Volt under a Malibu shell wasn't pretty either during early development.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, the person who ranted about how being branded a Toyota would make them sad is being silly. It's obviously going to be branded as a Toyota, and if it's branded a Subaru it'll only be in addition to the Toyota brand, not exclusive of it.
        The Toyota brand would sell far better, and it's not like Subaru has some grand history of lightweight RWD sports cars, so why the heck would you brand it exclusively as a Subaru.
        Makes much more sense as an AE86 successor of sorts.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Probably a test mule for the new Legacy and nothing at all to do with the upcoming replacement for my late and lamented SVXs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      cant wait to see the real numbers
      • 6 Years Ago
      You people need to relax, it is just a mule.
      Have you ever seen BMW's test mule. It looks like a WW1
      tank and has nothing to reflect what the design has in store. It is just a test of how the layout will work once the actual car is ready for production.

      I hope the RWD is for Europe only or at the very least
      RWD and with AWD when needed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are you guys on CRACK???

      This is a drivetrain mule built out of a hacked-down 2008+ Legacy GT Tuned By STI. (the wheels are BBS, which are OE on that Legacy model, probably to fit over brakes of the same spec.)

      This has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the style of the final car.

      Not only that, but it doesn't exactly give away all that many technical details, either.

      IF it uses the standard Subaru front chassis (shared between all models), then it should be no problem using a subaru transaxle and front suspension bits, and have AWD.

      Upper level Subies, if not ALL subies will have AWD, anyway.

      Now I'll have reason to re-badge the final product as a Legacy Coupe. :lol:

      But it is sad to see even a chopped up Legacy wearing a Toyota badge.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Check the top, driver's side of the windshield in picture 1 for the Toyota logo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thank you!
        • 6 Years Ago
        correction, after looking CLOSER at the pictures, I see no toyota badge. The subaru grille is covered but looks like it still has an oval...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't think those wheels aren't covering Brembos, the calipers aren't big enough and the rotors don't have the scalloping that STi specs for the Impreza and Legacy. But I could be wrong.

        BTW why is the background hacked out on these pics?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Craig,

        I can see why you think it is a Legacy mule, but the length of the car has been shortened. The next Legacy will probably be a sedan based on Exiga, and the Outback a 5-passenger, tall-ride-height variant of Exiga, as well.

        With the shortened wheelbase, and shortened trunk and rear overhang, confidence is hight that this is a powertrain mule for the upcoming coupe.

        It is possible it also has the newer 5-link suspension, but Legacy/Outback is the only Subaru right now that doesn't have that general rear suspension design. Tribeca, Impreza, and now Forester have all been refreshed, and have gotten variants of that new rear suspension since the 04/05 Legacy debuted.

        Chances are this is chopped up for drivetrain testing. Suspension and chassis mules will probably be shortened Impreza mules, before we see pre-production testers with actual bodywork for the new coupe. (if we see them at all)
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Phred: That's passenger side...JDM, yo!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looks like a mule for the next model Legacy/Liberty to me. It is due out towards the end of next year.

        The wheels seem to fit too nicely in the flared guards...
      • 6 Years Ago
      ok, that toyota "badge" doesnt make any sense on its placement. it appears to be *in* the rear window. anyone care to explain that?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think it's on the driver's side visor, facing out. Still doesn't make any sense, though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How can I say this nicely....

      OMG THAT SHAPE LOOKS LIKE A REGURGITATED EGGPLANT.

      *Panting*
      Now that that's off my chest, I just saved myself a day of yelling for no reason.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're joking right? You are ready to abandon the possibility of a cheap, lightweight, RWD Subaru coupe because of the aesthetics a pre-production mule made out of cobbled together parts?

        Wow.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well... I never said I was going to abandon it. I know it's a mule. I just said I hate the shape and the overall design scheme, so I would never ever consider it....Ever.....Like ever.... Like not at all.... Actually yeah abandon seems like the right word.

        I'll pick right up on it when I see the production version.
        *Snaps fingers and points then walks out the room.....*
        • 6 Years Ago
        I wouldn't mind if they styled it like the Legacy. That is the only Subaru that has any kind of styling right now.

        And those that are freaking out over a test mule, need to be patient and wait for the real thing. You can NOT judge this car by how it looks now. Besides, this may just be a drivetrain mule, under a body that doesn't mean squat.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I got all excited about this wonderful new car... then saw these pics and quickly lost interest...
      • 6 Years Ago
      The size/proportions remind me a bit of the Scion TC. Could this be a replacement for that?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am very excited for this car's arrival. I wanted a two door subie for a damn long time. My buddie's 2 door gc8 2.5rs was a dream to drive, those who driven them know how well those cars handled, It was extremely satisfying to drive in the snow. I hope this new car handles similar to the gc8 chassis.

      Now that subies have better interior design, seats, brakes, and hopefully a six speed I can honestly say I will purchase this car when it comes out, even if it doesn't come turbo'd.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Like I said in the other thread, this car is going to much more clean than that rendering. It reminds me a lot of the mid 90's levins and truenos that had the blacktop 4age's. This is exactly what I expected from Toyota and Subaru, and I'm sorta glad they didn't make it an obvious boy racer car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed.

        That rendering looks very nice but it is quite aggressive and I don't think it would cater to a really wide audience. This also reminds me of the AE86 series and looks like its coming along pretty well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Legacy coupe? It almost looks as if it's a sedan..oh well.
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