The new Subaru Coupe will be given more power than its Toyota sibling, as these spy pics reveal

These spy pictures reveal Subaru’s plans to equip its upcoming rear-wheel-drive coupé with a turbocharged 2.5-litre engine.

A cut-and-shut Impreza body covers the modified Legacy platform with Impreza rear suspension of the test mule spied in Death Valley.

See the spy pics of the Subaru's new turbocharged coupe

It has been spied before at the Nürburgring, but its bonnet scoop is new and our spy photographer said a front-mounted intercooler was visible through an opening in the front grille.

Subaru sources in Japan have previously told Autocar that the unnamed coupé will use a 260bhp version of the Impreza WRX STI’s turbocharged 2.5-litre flat four.

Read more on Subaru's plans to bring the 4dr Impreza WRX STI saloon to the UK

This will give it more power than its co-developed Toyota FT-86 sibling, which will use Subaru’s naturally aspirated 2.0-litre flat four with around 200bhp. Both cars will use a six-speed manual gearbox.

The decision to use Impreza bodywork also hints that the coupé could draw some of its styling inspiration from the hatchback, in particular at the front end.

Subaru intends to make its coupé the more aggressive of the pair; both will share similar body panels, but each will get its own bumpers, front grilles and wheels.Read the full story on the Toyota FT-86, plus see pics and video

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17 September 2010

Given a rallye road, with good, smooth tarmac (although not track smooth), if you want to choose a car, with the only criteria as pleasure (ie focus and ride & handling, steering feel, noise...), forget about acceleration, power and grip, which one of these would be the greatest?

Ferrari F40


250 GTO

288 GTO

308 GTS


Lancia Delta Integrale 4x4 Evo


Porsche 911 GT3


968 CS

962 Dauer

Renault Spider (1995)

Clio Williams

BMW M3 e30

M3 CSL e46

M5 e34

M3 e36 321 bhp

BMW 328 e 36

Alpine A110 (1973)

Venturi 260

Lotus Elan Mk1

Lotus Elise (Which variation? the 11? The exige?)

Cateham 7 (Which variation? JPE?)

Areil Atom (Which variation? )

Peugeot 205 GTi

106 Rallye

TVR Cerbera


LCC Rocket(Gordon Murray's one)

McLaren F1 (Same genius!)

Subaru Impreza R22

Alfa 75

Prodrive P1

Altima (Which variation? )

Noble M10/M12


Nissan Skyline GTR R34

GTR (Current one)

Mitsubishi Evo (Which variation? )


Maserati Barchetta

Bugatti EB110 SS

Ford Escort RS Cosworth

Sierra RS Coswort 4x4

Focus MK1 RS

Honda NSX

Suzuki Cappuccino

Golf GTi Mk2

Jaguar XJ220

Mini (original)

Mazda rx-7 (1992)

MX-5 (1990)

Ginettta (Which model?)

itroen Saxo VTS

Williams Renault FW14

Smart Roadster (the Sport one, not the city car)

Any car you would like to add?

17 September 2010



Mercedes W124 500e

Brabus e V12 W124

17 September 2010

So, this is just a Subaru Legacy GT from overseas but made into a two door coupe form. If they can make this, why can't they import the Legacy GT too?

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