• Sep 1, 2010
Subaru FT-86 RWD coupe spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

We've read many reports lately having to do with Toyota's FT-86 rear-wheel drive sports coupe, but we mustn't forget that Subaru will be getting its own version of this new two-door – it is a joint venture, after all. Our spies have captured this obviously Subaru-bodied mule out testing in Death Valley, showing that things are still on track for the "Toyobaru" to come to market in the near future.

Details are still very slim on what Subaru's version of the FT-86 will offer, and contrary to the brand's image, the new coupe may not be available with all-wheel drive. If that's the case, Subaru will have to offer a lot more in the way of styling (and perhaps power) to differentiate it from its Toyota sister. This latest prototype has sprouted a hood scoop not seen on earlier test cars, suggesting that a top-mount intercooler could be underhood, though it's also possible that this is just the result of some WRX/STI parts being used for camouflage purposes.

Toyota is expected to launch its version of the FT-86 in November of 2011, so keep your fingers crossed for Subaru's version to drop around the same time. For now, see a glimpse of what's to come in our high-res gallery of spy shots below.



[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      It's good to see that this car is still on track for a release just after the Tokyo Motor Show next year.

      Please don't drop the ball on this Subyota there is too much pent up anticipation for this car.
      There is a lot of potential for this car to be legendary.

      Keep it light sub 2700lbs, cheap sub 25k, and RWD.

      250hp would be a bonus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I call shenanigans until it is officially announced.

      This could be a drivetrain mule for ANY subaru.

      It is the same chopped up Impreza that keeps getting posted on these auto news blogs over and over.

      This has about as much bearing on the "real" FT-86, or whatever they are calling it now... as it does with any other Subaru product.

      We should have seen a design study or full blown concept car by now, and it should be ready for sale, if not by this fall as a MY2011, then by next may as an early MY2012 release.

      I have zero faith left in this project. Maybe it will come to fruition, but I am no longer going to believe it until I see it on an auto-show display, or a dealer showroom.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @xpolarx

        You're right! Good observation. Guess that means that this is in fact the Toyota version and the Subaru version is still MIA...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree.

        To me, this thing looks more like a Impreza coupe than a new XT-ish sports car. And really, an Impreza coupe would be an easy project and sale.

        The big gap behind the front wheel is big enough to put a transverse I-4 behind the front axle, which would make this thing a Toyota, not a Subie.

        But really, the whole thing is an ungainly mess. You'd think it would't be that that hard to make a low-slung AWD coupe chassis as the basis for a Celica All-Trac with a longitudinal I-4 and an XT coupe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It could just as well be Toyota's mule for their car. They are the same so to speak, and the car is mostly Subaru tech and parts anyway. It doesn't necessarily have to have a hacked up Celica or Avalon body on it to be Toyota's car.

        Either way, I thought they said both cars won't be sold here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is pretty silly logic...we haven't seen mules of lots of cars that are going to show up for the 2012 model year but that hardly means that the cars aren't launching. Companies show cars they want to show you, not because auto spies really sit around death valley hoping car companies show up.
        And anyways the FT-86 had a fairly fleshed out concept car so the basics are likely fairly finalized. Since they're basically sharing the same car with minor differences Subaru doesn't really have to do as much testing by themselves as they would normally-Toyota and Subaru can basically split up testing for the basics and then just test the different stuff themselves. You don't really need to test the same suspension for reliability just because the hood looks different.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The car in the pictures is RWD.

        Think about that for a moment...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh ye of little faith. It actually can't be any other Subaru road car, because all Subaru road cars currently manufactured have the brake calipers mounted aft of the front hub. That goes for all models of Impreza and Legacy. This car has the brake calipers mounted in front of the hub and so does the Toyota FT-86 concept. In fact, they're mounted in exactly the same position. Just sayin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Subaru without AWD is NOT a Subaru.
      If it ends up being RWD - I'll pass.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know its in camo, but whatever is under that shape cannot be even remotely good looking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      C'mon you guys. Don't feed the trolls. We're all car enthusiasts here.

      @22606647 Learn how to spell modified first.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't wait for Toyota to finally give up the goods on this thing's specs. If it's lighter and cheaper than the Genesis Coupe, I'll be first in line.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would love to be a test engineer for Toyota or Subaru reading some of these stories.

      "Look guys, they think this thing is the Subaru version! Raiding that parts bin and duct taping random stuff all over actually worked!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Way too early to comment on the styling, but this mule (which obviously is a mish-mash of other Subaru models just for testing), reminds me slightly of the old BMW M coupe
      http://pictures.topspeed.com/IMG/crop/200512/1998-bmw-m-coupe_460x0w.jpg
      ... kind of weird proportions, but kind of cool none the less.

      I am really hoping this doesn't turn into the situation when SAAB was still owned by GM and was "gifted" the WRX and they turned it into a mongrel SAAB based on a Subaru car. So this better not end up being 90% a Toyota, and only slightly having any real Subaru DNA.
      Subarus should have AWD (at least as an option) and a boxer engine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So when is it going to be launched?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't see the point here to do a heat-test with a car that does not look near the car that will hit production.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Call me an idiot, but this car has weird proportions. And it's not down to the camo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Every subaru with or without camo is ugly. The styling only grows on people once they realize they have superior under-pinnings. I call it ugly baby syndrome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As otherwise stated, it's a frankenmule. If you look closely it's more or less a WRX STI hatch with one set of doors remove and some parts shrunken to make them fit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have to agree.

        Subarus in general aren't that great looking, the European in me finds the 5-door great, but the sedan looks awkward like this coupe. Minus the Legacy, not a fan of any other Subaru styling.

        When I have always shopped for a coupe, I always look at what cars like Ferraris and Aston Martins can't make you put in words, just 'wow'. This design is the exact opposite, and a true Subaru enthusiast would find the design great.

        If AB's assumption of no AWD is true, I'm not sure you can persuade enough people with the Boxster engine alone, unless you have a more stronger brand power like the 'other guys' with the Boxster. To have this as a car to bring people into show rooms, I don't think it sticks out enough to make people over look the Toyota 'FT-86', Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Nissan 370Z if you are shopping for an import coupe. Add in the American muscle, and it gets even more complicated.

        Until I see it in person, and based on pics I have seen, going to give thumbs up to Toyota's 'FT-86' unfortunately.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @rudyherfurth
        this has nothing to do with porsche and the engine in their entry level convertible

        what you are alluding to is a BOXER engine. a horizontally opposed 4 cylinder
      random231
      • 4 Years Ago
      at least 3 of those cars are modified. how can that constitute unreliable fire hazarded?
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