Spied: Subaru’s Rear-Drive Sports Coupe Testing on Nurburgring

It’s the ultimate auto-industry tease: once again, we have pictures of the long-rumored Subaru/Toyota sports coupe, but we still don’t have much information on the actual car. These spy photos from our colleagues at Motor Trend show the rear-wheel-drive sports coupe powering around the Nürburgring in Germany.

Both Subaru and Toyota are building their own versions of the sports coupe, so we can’t be entirely sure which version we’re seeing here. Our sources say this is the Subaru model, but the swirled camouflage vinyl precludes us from spotting any distinguishing badges or styling cues. We can only discern a modest rear spoiler, LED taillights, and black wheels. The last Subaru/Toyota test mule we caught was likewise heavily disguised, although that car had a different set of wheels and license plates.

Beneath the camo tape, we’re expecting each car to use a turbocharged, 2.0-liter flat-four engine, a row-it-yourself six-speed manual transmission, and rear-wheel drive. It’s also possible Subaru could graft the 265-hp, 2.5-liter engine from the WRX STI into the new sports coupe. Both cars should offer nimble, sports car-like handling, thanks to the rear-drive layout and careful chassis tuning (some of which obviously has been taking place on the ‘Ring.)

As for nomenclature, nothing is certain. Toyota’s car has been known as the FT-86 during development but may resurrect the Celica nameplate for Europe and Japan. The American-bound model is likely to be badged as the Scion FR-S. Subaru hasn’t disclosed a name for its version of car, referring to it simply as a rear-drive sports coupe. Let’s hope they pick a more interesting name before the car goes on sale.

We’ve seen lots of different concepts and design studies of this Subaru/Toyota coupe over the past few years, and we’re hoping the wait is almost over. Rumors suggest that at least one of the cars will bow later this year, at either the Frankfurt or Tokyo motor shows.

Check out the full set of spy pictures at Motor Trend.

Source: Motor Trend


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