After countless rumors, reports, leaks and spy shots, the Subaru/Toyota FT-86 project will finally step into the limelight at the Geneva Motor Show in March as the Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept.
Buried in a press release about the company’s Geneva plans today was the revelation the car we’ve long known as the FT-86 will at long last see the lights of an auto show. Though now known as the Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept, we have no doubt it’s the same car we’ve been following.
Witness, for example, Subaru’s citation of joint-development on the project with part-owner Toyota. And, as we’ve been hearing, the car will apparently not be all wheel-drive, the first Subaru in recent memory to take that path, a choice no doubt influenced by Toyota, which is building its own version of the car. Despite this, Subaru claims it will still have a “highly enjoyable Subaru-like driving experience.” Regardless of wheels driven, it will still be a Subaru, as it will still feature their horizontally-opposed boxer engine, though Subaru doesn’t specify whether it will be turbocharged or naturally aspirated, but we’re hoping for a turbo.
Joining the FT-86 or whatever it’ll be called will be the Impreza Concept we’ve already seen and a new concept called the Trezia. Designed specifically for Europe, this “New Compact Station Wagon” will be less than 157 inches long, or about two feet shorter than an Impreza sedan. It’ll come with a 1.3-liter gasoline engine and a 1.4-liter turbo diesel that emits less than 113 grams of CO2 per kilometer.
Now, we wait and hope that perhaps more information will find its way onto the web ahead of the car’s date with Switzerland on March 1 and 2.