Subaru Toyota FT-86 to use 195kW STI engine

More information on the upcoming Toyota and Subaru FT-86 joint-project has been circulating this week, including some details on the Subaru version of the car. A recent Autocar report has confirmed Subaru will use a more powerful engine in its version that could see an extra 45kW on top of the Toyota counterpart.
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Subaru is said to be planning an 'STI' version of the coupe, but, more importantly, Subaru is not planning on combining its all-wheel drive symmetry to the car. Although an all-wheel drive platform would provide more safety and, possibly, faster acceleration and lap times, an all-wheel drive version is said to be too similar to the Impreza WRX STI, rending the concept redundant. Besides, Toyota is aiming to stick with rear-drive heritage here, if Subaru were to add a front differential it could disturb the entire dynamics of the car.

Reports also say an all-wheel drive version would hinder the concept's weight and increase costs. The project is still said to be desperately aiming at the $50,000-$60,000 market. With the Subaru version expected to be slightly more expensive, Toyota prices should be around $45,000.

More information about the car's platform has been revealed as well. The car is said to use a Liberty chassis with Impreza rear suspension. No word yet as to what the Subaru variant will be called.

Unfortunately there's still no confirmation on a definite release date at this stage. More delays are expected too, as Toyota works on improving the fuel efficiency of the Subaru engine.

Overall though, this is a very exciting package. There aren't many cars around today that showcase the same foundations - medium-sized, manual, rear-drive coupe; only the BMW 3 Series and 1 Series, Mazda RX-8 and Nissan 370Z exist in the segment, apart from European exotica.