• Jun 1, 2011
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Automotive News has dug up a few details on the Subaru sports coupe co-developed with Toyota. The production version of the two-door is set for an official unveil at the Tokyo Motor Show this December, and when it bows, AN expects it to show up without the company's trademark all-wheel drive system or a turbocharger. That sound? It's the lonesome wail of a sad trombone.

The good news is that Subaru is reportedly planning on a longer-than-average lifecycle for the coupe, with multiple packages popping up down the line to keep the car fresh. Those include an STI model, and while those three letters typically signify forced induction, Automotive News suggests that's not the case for this vehicle. According to their sources at Subaru, the Subiyota was always intended to be all naturally aspirated, all the time. Curiously, Autoblog's own well-placed sources assure us that isn't the case, suggesting that turbo power is still very much in the car's future.

Even with a 2.0-liter, naturally-aspirated four-cylinder behind the headlights, the Subaru coupe should be a blast to fling. The company's engineers have positioned the engine five inches lower in the chassis compared to the Impreza, which should translate into a better center of gravity and improved handling dynamics. Here's hoping that all-wheel drive shows up before long.


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      789dm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Subaru with no AWD is NOT a Subaru and that's mean Toyota gonna make the same mistake like the old GM did with Chevy sport cars and Pontiac sport cars Camaro and Firebird anyone? Its really stupid of them not to differentiate the two brands. Let Toyota keep their RWD and NA engine and give Subaru the AWD and Turbo (most people gonna complain AWD and turbo add weight but hey turbo also provide more power. The last thing they wanna do is to cannibalize each other. Toyota used to have many RWD sport cars old Celica, Supra and MR2 and MR-S so RWD is a Toyota thingy while US Subaru always keep market themselves as the brand that sell AWD as standard in all their models. Why ruin or destroy that reputation after all those long years and so much time and resources spent on building that reputation. So TOYOTA AND SUBARU PLEASE DO NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE LIKE WHAT OLD GM DID. Thank you.
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      A RWD Subaru makes NO sense to me in the least, not having a single F/I variant makes even less sense. Leave RWD for Toyota, and the Subaru should have AWD and a hair dryer.
      SupraTRD
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've got an idea..... how about they make an NA 2.0L Toyota (base model) RWD car,with an optional high performance model with the turbo 2.0L. Subaru, having the AWD drivetrain, would follow the same route providing a naturally aspirated engine for a base model, and then the sti version would have the turbo engine.
      K D TopShotta Charle
      • 3 Years Ago
      how is it an sti version of its not boosted. :(
      safnj
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is looking increasingly like a great Celica and a poor Subaru.
        onewayroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @safnj
        meh...nobody can say what's going on 4sure yet as power plants go, don't count them out yet!
      thenewrick
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think they should release the coupe with a NA engine for entry level buyers who want a cute coupe. Then they should offer an STi version with a turbo,brakes,spoiler but not AWD. At the same time they should release the new WRX and STi with hp boosted in WRX by 5% and the STi by 15%
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't f-up the branding like Chevrolet screwed it up the Cobalt with non-supercharged "SS" versions of the sedan and coupe.
      cislam71
      • 3 Years Ago
      The lack of all wheel drive was bad enough but if a turbo is not available on the high performance model this project will be a complete bust to me. Subaru needs to stop whoring itself out for sales and stick to its identity. I thought the turbo availability would be one of the things that differentiated it from the Toyota coupe. Whats the appeal of a hodge podge line-up anyway?? And I don't give a damn about their European strategy.
      Griffen W
      • 3 Years Ago
      OK since everyone is on about this if its now AWD its not a Subaru things.. That's only for North America!!!! Subaru's model range extends beyond Impreza, Legacy, and Forester. Subaru Trezia anyone? Yep its a FWD car with AWD as an option. Hell its not even a boxer motor. Subaru Lucra? Yep its got a 3 banger motor and FWD. The Pleo.. yep .9 liter base FWD Kei car. Dias, Stella, Dex anyone ever heard of those? Hell the Dex is a rebadged Scion Xb. Cut the crap about it not being AWD and thank your lucky stars its RWD. End of the matter is that it CAN NOT fit Subaru's symetrical AWD in that body. It simply WILL NOT FIT. And I'm done with my nerd rage now.
      Sean
      • 3 Years Ago
      i don't understand why people complain about no AWD. i'm annoyed if it doesn't get a turbo, but AWD is completely unnecessary. it's not good for handling (or fun), and it adds weight. there's a reason race cars are all RWD. (before the rebuttal comes, i live in a magical land with no snow and perfect condition roads)
      sanmusa
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's Toyota injecting some yawn into the Subaru line... Yes, Subaru makes other cars for international markets that have neither all wheel drive nor turbocharging, but in the US a Subaru must have all wheel drive, and their fast cars must have turbocharging. That's what sells Subarus. Go to any snowy place and you can understand why Subarus sell well there, because they are the practical, all weather cars that they are. Remove all wheel drive and they are just another Toyota/Honda/Nissan/Mitsubishi/Hyundai/Kia. The people who buy Subarus in their largest markets buy them largely because of the car's prowess in the snow and ice. Why take that away?
      oakstream
      • 3 Years Ago
      If someone can tell me how this car supports or strengthens Subaru's identity, I'd be happy to hear it. No AWD and no turbo = not a Subaru. Unless this car offers something truly unique, it's a waste of time and money to produce. There are 100 other "sport coupes" out there; why wade into an already overcrowded pool?
        Hector Djibaou
        • 3 Years Ago
        @oakstream
        you guys are forgetting the age range this car is aimed at. If you read the details about the car, Subaru is promising handling delight to the extent that it should compare to the porsche Boxter. The boxter isn't a very powerful car, but it makes do with the low weight that is has. Honestly if they can push the 250hp envelope in the STi variant of this (please do) and promise sub 2800lb I am sold. This thing better not weight as much as the 2012 impreza weights (AWD at 2986 if I'm right). Also from the pictures that I saw of the car's skeleton there looks like there is some room in the engine bay for a potential power adder. Turbo or supercharger maybe?
        Sean
        • 3 Years Ago
        @oakstream
        are there really 100 other sport coupes out there? that are under $25k and rear wheel drive? you have the genesis coupe, v6 mustang (which is too big to be considered a sports car), and.... um... i'm drawing a blank here.
        PortableNuke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @oakstream
        Motorsports. It's easier to enter a RWD car into 99% of the racing series out there, and with Subaru's exit from the WRC, they need to get back into another high profile series. Subaru's are known to be pretty granola, but their racing heritage is more important then the granola image. Look at where the brand was pre-WRX release and where they went post-WRX release.
        Geoffrey Swenson
        • 3 Years Ago
        @oakstream
        Its still a Subaru because it has a flat four, and Subaru's excellent chassis design skills as demonstrated by the WRX. I suspect that a turbo is planned eventually, but they want people to be interested in the currently offered model as it is. I a AM interested because I don't want the maintenance hassles of a turbo. I also want a good price for a fun, rear-wheel drive car. My old college-days VW Beetle didn't have much power or very good handling, but it still was fun having the rear wheels drive the car than FWD and especially AWD.
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