First spy pics of Subaru's new turbocharged coupé testing in Europe

Subaru’s latest test mule for its co-developed coupé with Toyota has been spied testing for the first time in Europe.

The model, running a cut-and-shut Impreza body covering the modified Legacy platform with Impreza rear suspension, has previously been spied testing in Death Valley.

See the latest spy pics of Subaru's new coupé

The bulge in its bonnet gives its identity as the hotter STI model away; the new Subaru will be turbocharged and have more power than its Toyota FT-86 sibling. A front-mounted intercooler has also been visible through an opening in the front grille in previous spy pics.

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.

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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.

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20 October 2010

I know it's only a test mule but does it look bloody awful or what?

When it comes to the UK don't get excited; Subaru UK will over charge. Here's my evidence:

http://www.subaruinthenews.com/2011-subaru-impreza-wrx-sti-priced-to-imp...

While in the UK we're being told that prices must rise because of the exchange rate, the US model is going down in price. Anybody from Subaru UK like to explain that one please?

The 2011 STi will cost £ 33,000, up by £ 6,000 from the 2010 price, but in the US it's £ 24,000 (with the 18" BBS alloys).

20 October 2010

[quote Symanski] I know it's only a test mule but does it look bloody awful or what[/quote]

Nonsense, it's gorgeous. It's got Pininfarina written all over it. And those huge tailpipes - phooaaarrr.

No, you're right of course, it's hideous. It's actually hard to imagine there being anything pretty under that disguise at all. Calling that thing a mule is an insult to the whole mule family. It looks even less well proportioned than the original Sport Quattro did. So business as usual for the current Subaru styling team then.

20 October 2010

[quote MHanna]So business as usual for the current Subaru styling team then.[/quote]

I just saw the Toyota version today at the Sydney Motor Show and it was basically quite a nice looking jigger except for the decals all over it. I thought the Subaru version was going to look pretty much the same or I have I got hold of the wrong end of the stick?

20 October 2010

Why is it a coupe? Surely it's just a 2 door version of the normal hatch?

20 October 2010

[quote ischiaragazzo]I thought the Subaru version was going to look pretty much the same or I have I got hold of the wrong end of the stick[/quote]

Who can say? It's possible that there's something pretty under there but it sure doesn't look like it. That said, Subaru could be showing us their superb skill at disguising a new shape. Because if so it's a very GOOD disguise. I think the Toyota does look good, it reminds me of the Celica which is what they should name it instead of FT-86.

20 October 2010

[quote mantaray]Why is it a coupe? Surely it's just a 2 door version of the normal hatch?[/quote]

lol... http://www.autocar.co.uk/forums/t/16123.aspx?PageIndex=1

And the debate continues... ;)

 

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20 October 2010

[quote Autocar]Subaru’s latest test mule for its co-developed coupé with Toyota has been spied testing for the first time in Europe.[/quote] No, judging by Subaru's recent styling efforts, that'll be the production version.

21 October 2010

Still looks better than a Nissan Juke!!

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