FT-86 Mule
Toyota/Subaru Coupe test mule – Click above to enlarge

Japan's Best Car (via 7Tune) apparently reports that development costs associated with Subaru's version of the Toyota FT-86 sport coupe have become so high that all-wheel drive is now being dropped from the equation. If true, this would deprive the widely-expected Scooby coupe of the feature the brand's entire marketing platform is built on, likely leaving us with a pair of clones whose only major difference will be styling. To that end, it's also reported that an effort is underway to more substantially differentiate the Subaru coupe's look from the Toyota FT-86 beyond grilles and badges.

Of course, nothing's official until these cars are formally introduced, but yanking AWD from the Subaru effectively leaves us with a Japanese version of GM's old Camaro/Firebird scenario, assuming both cars really do come to market. Frankly, it's hard to see why Subaru would even bother going with this sans all-wheel drive coupe, though the Herculean PR spin they'd have to put on it would likely be hugely entertaining ("This is what we wanted all along...").

So, let's hear what you think. Follow the jump for a poll on how a lack of AWD would impact your interest in the presumed Subaru version of the Toyota FT-86. Thanks to Johnny for the tip!

[Source: 7Tune via FT86Club.com]

Would you consider a non-AWD Subaru version of the Toyota FT-86 coupe?
Yes. The more rear-drive options available to enthusiasts, the better. Period.1026 (18.4%)
No. AWD would provide a distinct choice vs. the Toyota. RWD makes the Subaru a fancy rebadge. 4276 (76.5%)
I wouldn't consider this car in the first place, regardless of its drivetrain.287 (5.1%)