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by Tim Beissmann

Subaru’s version of the Toyota FT-86 rear-wheel drive sports coupe will make its world premiere at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Currently referred to as the ‘Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept’ (unofficially dubbed the ‘Toyobaru’), Subaru has confirmed that although the vehicle will not feature the brand’s famous symmetrical all-wheel drive system, it will continue to be powered by a horizontally-opposed boxer engine.

The news is the greatest indication yet that Subaru will produce a rear-wheel drive production sports car, with the brand announcing the concept “shows how Subaru proposes to integrate [its boxer engine] expertise into a rear-wheel drive car to offer a new and highly enjoyable, Subaru-like driving experience”.

Few other details of the concept are known, although our spy photographers captured images of what is believed to be an STI version undergoing testing in Europe late last year, suggesting Subaru has greater plans for the rear-wheel drive sports coupe.

Its twin – the Toyota FT 86 (potentially to be called the FR-S) – is not due to go on sale until 2013, and given that the two share the same platform, it is unlikely we will see a production version of Subaru’s variant much before then.




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