2013 Toyobaru – Click above for high-res image gallery

These shots appear to be of the Subaru version of the planned, talked-about, redesigned, and talked-about-some-more 2013 Scion FR-S/Toyota FT-86/Toyobaru. According to our reader spy, this version was wearing Subaru distributor plates, pretty much giving away its true identity.

While the heavy camo does a great job obscuring a good look at the car, and the shots are taken from a distance, it looks like the Subaru coupe will sport slightly more understated lines than its stablemate at Scion.


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      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, a camo'd prototype goes out for testing in... 405 traffic? That's not testing, that's building a buzz in social media.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Rudukai13
        • 3 Years Ago
        Put in the AWD from every other vehicle that Subary curently makes AND bases it's entire North American marketing strategy on, then it would make one sweet ride. Or at least make it count as a real Subaru
          Garf Stien
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rudukai13
          As an owner of a 2004 STi and a HUGE Suby fanboy, I really have no idea why everyone is so up in arms about a RWD suby. Who cards what their marketing strategy is. RWD with the power of a 2.5 turbo is going to be insanely fun to drive. Just dont get why you care so much.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rudukai13
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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Way too early to tell, but I like what I see from the rear so far. Those are some nicely pronounced rear fenders. The front end might be poop, but so far I am encouraged by what I see.
      AMG THIS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a complete and utter rip off of an Audi A5. So yes, it's a Toyota.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      SeanR
      • 3 Years Ago
      The white Cayman ahead of the Toyobaru is supposed to be their "benchmark". This sadly doesn't look even close to the dimensions Toyota or Subaru mentioned when announcing their desired size for this car. Particularly the desired height of ~50in. The Cayman is 51.3in. and the Toyobaru looks substantially taller (1st pic), more along the lines of the 55.9in. 3 series BMW in the lane next to it (2nd pic).
        Quentin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SeanR
        So, how can you make these direct measurements when all 3 cars are different distances from the camera? You can differentiate 5" of height on a car that is 10' away and a car that is 30' away? Bollocks.
        ravenosa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SeanR
        If they really tried to copy the dimensions of a Cayman, it would have a useless trunk and no space for a front-engine. That would suck. Color me happy...
      Rudukai13
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope the rapture really is today, if for nothing more than the fact that I'll never have to see this RWD-ed Subaru abomination on the roadways of planet Earth. Although I better hope I make the cut, cause I bet everyone gets a pair o' keys to one of these as soon as they step through the fiery gates of hell...
        airchompers
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rudukai13
        What god must I pray to get a pair of keys to a small RWD sports coupe in hell? Unless you mean I get the keys to a small RWD sports coupe and everyone else either becomes a highway patrol or a soccer mom in some Tahoe that has no effective means of turn signaling save for the steering wheel.
      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      well. pretending I have enough money to buy a car these days, I'd totally buy a Subaru-badged sport coupe before I'd buy another Toyota. That being said, this is the closest thing to a new rwd Celica Toyo has built since 1986. I bought a new '83 Celica GTS and a used '85 Celica GTS in the past, and loved them both. As soon as the Celica went fwd I was turned off.
        mazeroni
        • 3 Years Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        The Toyota/Scion is certainly looking a little too 'boy racer' for me while the Subaru, if these spy shots are correct, are more Audi A5 which certainly appeals to me more. I would like to see RWD biased AWD in the Subaru at some point, then it'd be an easy choice of which one I wanted.
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 3 Years Ago
      Driving a Cayman on a concrete highway must be awful.
      Ric
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it is more understated than the Scion, I'm in.
      Noz
      • 3 Years Ago
      People get excited by seeing more new cars just sitting on the freeway in clogged traffic???? LOL....
      LinuxAddict
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like Altima Coupe from the rear.
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