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by Matt Brogan

A new report from 7Tune suggests Subaru may abandon plans to create an AWD version of its FT-86 model.

The FT-86, a co-developed two-door sports coupe between Toyota and Subaru, was supposed to be offered in RWD for Toyota and AWD for Subaru. But with costs escalating, Subaru may have to ditch these plans meaning both manufacturers could offer RWD only varaints.

Now several months into development, a source within the company told 7Tune Subaru have discovered the costs required to modify the FT-86 platform for AWD are “too great” and the feasibility of continuing with a separate model is “simply not practical”.

Should Subaru have to offer the same RWD model as Toyota there will be very little difference between the two manufacturer’s mechanical package, with both models already reported to share a 149kW 2.0-litre Subaru boxer engine.

For now, sources say Subaru will instead focus of a “thorough re-working of the vehicle’s exterior design” in an attempt to differentiate its variant from that of the Toyota.

(Image courtesy of 7Tune)




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