Subaru RWD Coupe at the Nurburgring – Click above for high-res image gallery

We see a lot of spy shots here at Autoblog. But few vehicles have popped up quite as much as the Toyobaru FT-86. The rear-wheel drive sportscar that may very well spawn Toyota, Scion and Subaru versions has popped up on roads around the world. And now it's taken to the Nürburgring.

The legendary German road course is a favorite among chassis development engineers for the variety of corners and surfaces around its undulating distance. Most German and many Japanese and American sportscars undergo at least part of their shakedown there, with many manufacturers maintaining on-site workshops.

While the Subaru coupe and its FT-86 sibling may not be up to the task of chasing LFAs and GTRs, its appearance at the notorious Green Hell may be our best indication yet of the car's sporting potential. Have a look in our high-res gallery of spy shots for more.


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      Tommy
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the Toyota car, NOT the Subaru!!!! Again Autoblog screws up. Toyota plates = DAU 0684 Subaru plates = 18593
      Dantzig
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unless those test drivers are giants, this looks to be a proper small car! I'm starting to get excited about this car again although it's going to have some stiff competition when it finally gets to market (even if its competitors are all larger, heavier, and have more power).
        Vince
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dantzig
        good point. the car really does look like its going to be small. I really hope it is...wishful thinking hopefully they kept to their word about going back to their roots of small light compact sport coupes with this one.
      Cheese
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think you have been duped and got your protos crossed- THAT looks like the Toyota (Scion) the one with the BSW (big stupid wing) looks like the Subie.
        XGM
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Cheese
        Look at the wheels, the original STI body prototype and the two previous sets of 'ring shots had the 12 spoke silver alloys. The previous two sets of 'ring shots had a big wing one with extra black body bits and a normal one. Note the same plates and the exact same cammo placement (driver mirror is a easy reference) between those two cars. We can assume that its the same car seeing as the pics where taken two days apart. We can probably assume there will be a body kit for the Subaru version with that said. http://tinyurl.com/5shbw2v - Imprezza body http://tinyurl.com/5wdzqlb - Small wing http://tinyurl.com/6juayn5 - Big wing The different wheels in these shots leads me to believe this is the Toyota one testing now. The tires also seem to have a thinner profile in the Subaru ones.
        XGM
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Cheese
        Look at the wheels, the original STI body prototype and the two previous sets of 'ring shots had the 12 spoke silver alloys. Referring to the set of pics posted on May 16th and 18th (because you cannot link in the comments) one car has the wing with extra black body bits and the other does not. Both cars had the same plates and identical cammo placement. We can assume that is the Subaru one, and that it will have an optional body kit too. The different (black) wheels in these shots leads me to believe this is the Toyota one testing now. The tires also seem to have a thinner profile in the Subaru ones.
        steelechris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Cheese
        It's all Toyoburu to me until they are released.
      poopoohead100
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder what its lap time is.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      A legitimate MR2 successor? Yes. A true Subaru? Not without turbos or AWD. At least include AWD, you could add turbos yourself.
        dsp4
        • 3 Years Ago
        @QAZZY
        The FT86 is the successor to the AE86 Corolla, not the MR2. The MR2 has as much in common with this car than a Tacoma.
          QAZZY
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dsp4
          I believe they're both mid-engine layout.
      sampson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who cares if this car is NOT AWD? Everyone knows Subaru sells FWD cars in other parts of the world, what's the big deal in bringing RWD to America? RWD cars have a huge history in America. We like them. Besides, RWD is a proper sports car drivetrain. Just be glad they aren't bringing a useless FWD coupe...
      ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      How can they tell this is Subaru, Scion, or Toyota?
        grrrrreggg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ken
        From the license plate.
        XGM
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ken
        Look at the wheels, the original STI body prototype and the two previous sets of 'ring shots had the 12 spoke silver alloys. The previous two sets of 'ring shots had a big wing one with extra black body bits and a normal one. Note the same plates and the exact same cammo placement (driver mirror is a easy reference) between those two cars. We can assume that its the same car seeing as the pics where taken two days apart. We can probably assume there will be a body kit for the Subaru version with that said. http://tinyurl.com/5shbw2v - Imprezza body http://tinyurl.com/5wdzqlb - Small wing http://tinyurl.com/6juayn5 - Big wing The different wheels in these shots leads me to believe this is the Toyota one testing now. The tires also seem to have a thinner profile in the Subaru ones.
      breakfastburrito
      • 3 Years Ago
      You guys know they're not actually building these, right? These hopes and dreams of the repeated promise of "lightweight RWD", keep us in the matrix, while they suck away our life energy.
        Tommy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @breakfastburrito
        @breakfastburrito: You are an idiot
          breakfastburrito
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tommy
          Those on here complaining about non-AWD are looking more at process, than results. The end result of the "FAIL" comments against the Suby RWD concept - is that we will have fewer options of cars to buy. Why would anyone ask for fewer options? Clouded reasoning indeed. If Steven Hawking called me an idiot, that would be an honest insult. Coming from you lot, it's a compliment.
      ramairjer
      • 3 Years Ago
      This has fail written all over it. No awd available due to engine placement/chassis design? Check. A paltry 200 n/a? Check. No room underhood for forced induction aftermarket solutions? Check. Hyundai Genesis coupe with more power? Check. A poor man's elise is what this care will be. Very limited market.
        Vince
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ramairjer
        where did you see under the hood photos of these cars? and chassis design? The whole goal of them doing this is to offer a base sports coupe that can be affordable...the FT86 project was spear headed by Hiromu Naruse the man responsible for cars like the Toyota 2000gt, AE86, MR2, LF-A and the FT-86 was his personal project. It was his goal to introduce a cheap sports coupe similar to the AE86. Cheap, light, rwd and fun. Toyota had the chance to kill the project but they decided to move on and continue the FT86 project in honor of Mr. Naruse since his passing. If the car is light 200n/a power is great and people said that the GT-R has no room to be modified especially with their cast integrated turbos...look at us now HKS, GReddy and several companies have gone beyond what anyone thought they can do with the new GT-R's...we can tune that motor in the new FT86/toyobaru for more power if need be. Chassis design? the car is RWD, it has a tunnel, a drive shaft down the center...The Evo's are based on FWD cars...reverse engineering AWD cars to become RWD [Evo's, STi's, Skyline's] cars can be easily achieved...converting the car into AWD can be possible. The miata, the ae86, the 240sx/180sx all fell under that "poor man's **insert car here** " category and they are still pushing strong and doing way more than what people had initially thought they can do.
          Jason
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Vince
          @ramairjer: not everyone needs 300+hp. There are many people who can't drive as it is. This isn't a car for the drag strip. It's a lot easier to drive at the limit with 200hp than it is with 500hp. Add some rain to the mix, and you're in another world.
          ramairjer
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Vince
          Subaru's own chassis mockup shows no room for awd or power adders.
        Phontsolo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ramairjer
        200hp. Check. Lite weight. Check. Small. Check. Quick. Check. Fun to drive. Check.Check.Check.Check.Check.Check.Check. Sounds great? Check.
      Axel Daniel Cortez R
      • 3 Years Ago
      At first I was like, HELL YEAH BRING IT OOON a proper celica replacement. Then I was like, where I can buy it, I NEED IIIIT. Now I'm like old news. It is a shame they have taken so damn long, when it comes out it would be in many peoples eyes OLD.
      Jason Unser
      • 3 Years Ago
      Won't Touch this suckaaaa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JX9UNQt2gA
      AcidTonic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lots of hype, but they lost me when I heard no more AWD. Another Evo IX owner wondering what car to buy next as options keep vanishing for a performance AWD car.
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