• Oct 13, 2009
Despite dropping all the information about its Tokyo-bound concepts, Subaru hasn't hinted at when we'll be seeing its version of the Toyota FT-86 coupe. Thankfully, Japan's Holiday Auto has stepped up to the plate to throw more fuel onto the fire with a subtly modified sketch of the FT-86 and some possible powertrain information of Subaru's first rear-wheel drive coupe.

According to the report (and a heaping helping of common sense), the Japanese rumormongers expect the STI version of the coupe to debut at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show (after the standard model is revealed next year), complete with Subaru's 250-hp EJ25 2.5-liter boxer. Similar to the dual-injected, 200-hp EJ20 fitted to its Toyota brethren, the engine will remain naturally aspirated, but a turbocharged version hasn't been ruled out.

In addition to a wider track and upgraded tires, wheels and brakes, expect the STI version to don a gaping front fascia and a sizeable rear wing, similar to the camo-covered mule we saw in the latest round of spy shots. If Subaru wants to compete with the rest of the high-horsepower sports cars in the U.S. and Japan, it better get cracking, because competition is fierce, and the only way it can compete is to keep the price down and the weight in check.




[Source: Holiday Auto via 7Tune]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      They're not giving it AWD, at least on the base model, because they're trying to revive the AE86. That car isn't turbo. By today's standards, it's VERY lightweight. The Subaru could be the Levin to Toyota's Corolla. Who knows. I hope the two cars are JUST different enough.

      Many of you guys are still dropping mindless comments. Your expectations for the car show your ignorance.

      The car won't weigh 3000 lbs. It'll be much less. It won't have 200BHP, not at least in stock trim. It'll put out much less.

      The goal for this car, was to have that spirit of the AE86. Lightweight. High strung, low displacement engine. Think S2000 engine in terms of redline. Think MX-5 in terms of weight. Easy to rev engine, car doesn't weigh a thing. Think twisties. Think back roads. Think touge. Think $20,000. What, for this car, would you realistically expect for that base price? You may even need to pay extra for a LSD, brakes. Big wheel option may actually be 17" for this car. IT IS A SMALLER CAR. IT WILL NOT HAVE A COMPETITOR given the price and size, at least not RWD.

      Stop thinking 1/4 mi. Stop thinking rally. Stop wasting your breath about a factory turbo.
      That's a different car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In my mind, it all comes down to power, weight and price. If they can hit the same as the MINI Cooper S in my mind (170hp, ~2600lbs, $21k) but be RWD, they'll have a hit. Obviously if they can improve on any of those (original estimates were 2500lbs, 200hp and $20k) it would be purely positive, but if they can't at least get to where the MCS is, I'll be disappointed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      why would it be so underpowered?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Color me intrigued for now
      • 5 Years Ago
      Keep it near 3,000 lbs and make it about 330hp with turbo and I'll park it next to my 08 STI.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No turbo no sale, seriously. At least a turbo version
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if Toyota will get a version with the EJ25? That would make it one heck of a driving machine! The Subie can have EJ25 + AWD, I'd be content with the EJ25 + RWD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd buy that car so hard it'd make your head spin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      sold!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Safe to say the new Subaru coupe will NOT be the Toyota FT-86 with a Subie grille slapped on. Why bother even posting this picture?
        • 5 Years Ago
        four stars for this one...
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1

        Suffice it to say, the design skills are on a par with the rendering ability
      • 5 Years Ago
      We translated the whole article. If you want to read up more on the Subaru version feel free to check it out at

      http://ft-86.com/showthread.php?t=315
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, that took a lot of imagination (/sarcasm).... and some ATROCIOUS rendering skills.
        • 5 Years Ago
        most design in the industry started out on papers with a pencil.
        as a Toyota version rendering.. it actually looks better..

        I like the look... I would buy this over any coupe that's in the same class..
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you guys really bitching about the fact that the render isn't of top quality? Maybe it's not the best I've seen, but if think you can do better- post it up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        We translated the whole article. If you want to read up more on the Subaru version feel free to check it out at

        http://ft-86.com/showthread.php?t=315

        • 5 Years Ago
        Excellent linework but.........did they hire a 5 year old to render this with crayons?
        • 5 Years Ago
        250 horsepower in this light little car is going to be very, very, very impressive. As long as the torque is up, which I have a feeling it will be, this car is going to fly.. Even the Toyota version with 200 horsepower should be nice.. Actually, it may be the Scion version...

        Sal Collaziano
        http://www.ft86.net
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is an excellent hand-made rendering, the guy just used markers in stead of airbrushing the whole thing which would take a lot longer to do. Looks like a typical Mark Stehrenberger rendering.
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like the 2015 Nissan 400Z
      • 5 Years Ago
      250 naturally aspirated hp sounds like no torque to me. Turbo please.
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