• Jun 17, 2009
A "Toyota insider" has supposedly spilled a few more beans to 7Tune about the upcoming front-engine, rear-wheel drive coupe the automaker is collaborating on with Subaru, and according to the source, the 2+2 will carry a few of the Lexus LF-A's design cues when it hits the market next year.

Although Lexus' "L-Finesse" styling has remained exclusive to Toyota's luxury brand, certain elements of the language have begun to filter down to the automaker's mainstream models, specifically the recently released Venza CUV. The rendering above hints at some of the lines that could make the cut on the production version of the "086A," but contrary to past reports, 7Tune's tipster says that the Toyota and Subaru versions won't be remarkably different – only the front grille, headlamps and taillights will be unique. The report goes on to say that Toyota is desperately trying to keep the price below the two million yen mark (a little over $20,000) and, coinciding with earlier rumors, Subaru is actively considering offering an STI version of the coupe.

In a related story, ToMoCo's new president, Akio Toyoda – the exec who recently piloted the LF-A around the Green Hell during the 24 Hours of Nürburgring – told Auto Motor und Sport, "This sports culture, which we have neglected for so long, will again be maintained." Toyoda clearly wants to see the automaker back on the radar of enthusiasts and the first example of this newfound focus could find its way onto the stage at this year's Tokyo Motor Show.

[Sources: 7Tune, Auto Motor und Sport via Japanese Nostalgia Car]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota: please do not include a long front overhang. I realize they are good for aerodynamics and crash testing, but they are stupid looking and a serious pain in driveways. Long overhangs have no business on a small sports car.

      Thanks for listening.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the 20k version of that render won't have the massive brake duct for the rear brakes, that accent across the door panel, the crazy rear window framing, or the steep window angle at the top of the front window.
      Here's a 5 min photoshop:
      http://jaguar.ir.miami.edu/~jjuroch/toyota_subaru_086a_1-580op-edit.jpg
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if they consulted anyone when this initally hit the drawing board.
      Noone's mentioned it yet, but I know if I wanted to bring back the 86, or the spirit therein, I can think of no better ambassador for that car than Keiichi Tsuchiya.

      I will, without a doubt, buy this car. I love Subaru and don't want to bondo/restore an SR5 AE86. It's the perfect mix.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They actually went to the guys over at club4ag to ask for their input, not sure who else they would have consulted.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it looks like that and puts out good performance ratings, sign me up!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn! That looks better than anything available from either manufacturer. Inc. Lexus. It'll never happen though... final product if it ever sees light of day will look like every abortion coming out of Subaru and Toyota these days.

      • 5 Years Ago
      The Subaru version should be called the SVX STi.

      The Toyota version should be called the Subra.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great design looking forward to driving it when it comes out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i just hope the car will look good.
      sti version? ej257 rwd? drooool....
      i will definitly sell my 05 sti for that sti.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought the collaboration was going to be a modestly, priced Celica and a new, unnamed Subaru.

      These new sketches seemed to indicate a more expensive, higher performance car that could compete w/ the GT-R or at least the 370Z.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the idea behind this car (as well as the price), but a boxer isn't exactly the friendliest engine to work on. Anyhoo, I hope this thing sells well. Maybe it'll get Nissan to stop dragging their feet on the supposed Silvia revival.
        • 5 Years Ago
        At least boxers are really easy to work on when doing boring stuff ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm skeptical of this illustration.

      The one at Road & Track looks more realistic:

      http://www.roadandtrack.com/article.asp?section_id=10&article_id=8122
      • 5 Years Ago
      To me that body looks like a supra.
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