• Feb 16, 2011
Subaru FT-86 spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Subaru has already announced that it plans to debut its version of the rear-wheel-drive FT-86 concept at next month's Geneva Motor Show. It's safe to say that the joint venture between Toyota and Subaru is one of the most highly anticipated debuts of the year, and while the vehicle that takes the stage in Switzerland will still be designated as a concept, it should give us a very good glimpse as to what's in store for the production car.

Our trusty spy photographers have caught Subaru's version of the sports car out testing, and while we've been quick to label the Toyobaru as a coupe, this latest set of photos suggests a hatchback configuration. There's still a small deck out back, though, so perhaps the term 'fastback' is more appropriately used in an instance like this (sort of like the Scion tC). Either way, the bodywork looks similar to evaluation mules we've seen periodically over the last couple of years, but it isn't known for certain if the bodywork shrouded in camouflage is production.

In any case, you can expect to see a 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four under the hood, producing something like 260 horsepower. Subaru will break its all-wheel-drive-only mantra with this new car, as the automaker has confirmed that power will run solely to the rear wheels. See the latest set of spy shots for yourself in our high-res image gallery below.

[Source: Brian Williams for Brenda Priddy & Company]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      didn't Subie used to sell fwd elsewhere in the world?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll withhold judgement on the looks until I see the production version. Commenting on a test mule is a waste of time. I'm very interested to hear if it's rwd or awd though. If the Toyota is the spiritual successor to the AE86, then the Subaru should be the successor to the 22b.

      Here's what I'm hoping for:
      Scion/Toyota: RWD 2.0l turbo 230hp, < 2800lbs, ~$25,000.
      Subaru: AWD 2.5l turbo 305hp, < 3000lbs, ~$30,000

      As for the time it's taking to release, I wonder if they are waiting to release it with the new impreza or wrx?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Subaru making 2WD cars.

      Jeep making CUV's.

      Porsche making Sedans and SUV's.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its too early and too camouflaged to make any judgement calls, people!
      • 3 Years Ago
      " most highly anticipated " thats for sure !
      At a competing site THEY didn't even have it listed in NEW and UPCOMING models !
      until recently ! Blew me away .

      2 l and not all wheel drive ? news to me . However configured , it will be a terrific car and be a big hit for both of them --- Ready to take Korea on . HEAD ON .
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is anyone else sick and tired of the "leaks" of this Subaru? I don't understand why they're dragging their feet with the reveal whereas Toyota have already showed us the FT-86...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd take an uglier Subaru version compared to a nicer looking scion version. Not a fan of scions interiors, or rattles.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess the Scion will be the looker of the two.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just four days ago...


      "The Subaru version is slated for a Geneva debut, and the rumormill now suggests that all-wheel drive is planned for the Subaru coupe, which should easily differentiate it from the Scion FT-S and help keep the two cars from cannibalizing each other's sales."
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well that's depressing that they're getting rid of the AWD on the Subaru model. I was hoping the Toyota would be RWD and the Subaru would be AWD but I guess that isn't going to come to pass.
        • 3 Years Ago
        MotorTrend seems to think differently. Check my link under the first post.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I hope you're right. Or rather, that MotorTrend is right.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As long as it's not badged a Scion.... oh wait.... It still looks way to much like the WRX. How in the world can 2 car companies independently both ruin this car. www.boxxcar.com talked about this the other day.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Both Toyota and Subaru are making critical errors here.

      The Subaru should be the successor to the 22b. Period. It should be a harder-edged current STI pinnings with coupe styling. This would equal wild success.

      Toyota is missing the most, they're sitting on a gold mine, and getting life back into their sterile brand (LFA is great, but yeah, 400k). The FT-86/FTS should be a cheap RWD car to resemble the niche the AE86 cut out. Then, Toyota should have built upon this car, and brought back the GT-Four/All-Trac name, Turbo-AWD goodness in a sleek coupe like this would be killer. God forbid Toyota makes an affordable-fun-car that is more obtainable by people, and can compete with the WRX/STI/Lancer/EVO. A good part of our nation gets this stuff called "snow" and it's nice having a fun car to drive year round.

      Toyota really-really needs to get their cage rattled.
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