• Oct 18, 2010
Subaru FT-86 STI – Click above for high-res image gallery

Toyota has been stealing all of the limelight with its interpretation of the company's forthcoming collaboration with Subaru recently. What with news that the car may actually cost more than $25,000 and show up under the Scion banner, the interwebs have been alight with talk of the 'Yota coupe. Meanwhile, word of the Subaru half of the equation has been left to a scant few spy photos and little else.

Well, we can add yet another smattering of shots of the Pleiades-badged coupe to the mix. Our camera-equipped spyshot ninjas have managed to nab a few more pics of the Subaru mule our for testing, and this time, it appears that the engineers are hard at work playing with an STI variant. Why do we say that? Feast your eyes on that bulging hood and front-mounted intercooler. Those two pieces all but scream hi-po, and they are our first indication that the flat-four powered, all-wheel drive coupe will be available with a powertrain offering something north of 300 horsepower. As of right now, it's anyone's guess as to when we can expect to see either the FT-86 or its Subaru equivalent on the scene, but early reports are saying 2012 is a good possibility. Get excited.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hope it does turn out like the older 22b, that was one of Subrus best designs until recently.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kinda looks like the old sti 22b. Hope they make it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's still a mule. The rear is the current Impreza sedan including camoed tail lights. The doors are chopped and from the current Impreza. The entire front end is 2010 STI front end.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This looks nothing like the 22B, other than being a 3-box 2-door profile. The 22B looked simple and purposefully augmented, and cleanly executed.

        This looks like a chopped up, and cut down current impreza sedan.

        If only they would simply return a third-body-style coupe option to the current impreza.

        If only the wide-body on the current WRX and STI was as smooth and purposeful as the 22B's stamped-in wide fenders, instead of looking like an afterthought stamped into the steel, as they currently do.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think it's a 3-box. It's a hatch with a prosthetic trunk that it's wearing for a disguise.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is the same frankenstein mule that Subie has been running for a while. See the huge panel between the front wheels and the door? Right.

        If anything, this is a Toyota front-mid chassis mule with Subie panels slapped on.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ James,

        There's no non-flat motor in any Subaru...at least those sold in North America.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This car has the best camo I've seen lately.

        The swirly stuff screams "pay attention to me!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      the only thing they changed is the front bumper, with fog lights, head lights and canards ... there is no intercooler....and the brakes and exhaust are the same....sti versions normally have bigger brakes and exhaust pipes...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Front-mounted intercooler makes sense. Hope the weight dist is closer to neutral than the current STi. Shorter wheelbase probably makes sense too for re-entry into WRC. Her's hoping...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll save judgement until I hear the weight.........under 3200# and we've got a winner.....over, and it's just another slug designed by the NHTSA and the side impact crowd.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i love the enthusiasm AB. but there is nothing new here. and please fix the article where it states that this is all wheel drive. this is far from confirmed
      • 4 Years Ago
      This news interests me greatly.


      I am waiting for the posts that say "oh, that's ugly" even though it is still heavily camo'ed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ::cues cheerleaders::

        "U -G- L- Y - you ain't got no aliby - You ugly!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        My God, that thing is hideous. ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      No news.

      This mule has had that covered hood-scoop the whole time. At least the last two times it has been caught on camera, minimum.

      How many miles and YEARS does a mule need to cover before a product actually becomes of it.

      This is getting ridiculous.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Instant info of the internet makes waiting hard doesn't it? lol. This is the second iteration of the mule for the car and it's only been around since late last year. The first mule was produced around mid 2008.

        I think that's fairly normal in the time line of car production. Better they get it right the first time too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      FMIC on a Subaru???
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Reuben and RedBean

        More than likely for heat extraction and looks if it is facing the opposite direction.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't see a front mount. I looked at the high-res pictures, but my monitor at work is crap.

        What are you AB guys talking about?
        • 4 Years Ago
        That looks like an AC condenser to me, not a intercooler. UNLESS they are running a water to air intercooler, but I doubt that.

        Thanks for linking that picture though!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks more like a radiator then a FMIC
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't see an FMIC either. Plus, if it did have a front mount, why would there be a need for a hood scoop?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Be it the Subaru FT-86 or a new STi Coupe call me excited. But should i be? Will the rumor that the US won't even get the Subaru variant be true?

      This is a freakin' soap opera. Is J.J. Abrams involved?
      • 4 Years Ago
      its the new hatch
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