Subaru's version of the Toyota FT-86 will be much more powerful than its sister car

Subaru’s version of the FT-86 sports car could have as much as 60bhp more than its sister Toyota model if development plans come to fruition, according to sources in Japan.

The car is being developed jointly with the FT-86 which has been delayed until 2013 because Toyota wants to improve the fuel efficiency of the engine.

See Autocar's exclusive rendering of Subaru's joint-venture coupé

The car will use a retuned version of Subaru’s naturally aspirated 2.0-litre flat four, using a revised head to produce around 200bhp.

However, Subaru plans to give its version of the coupé (still without a name) much higher performance, and it will feature a version of the Impreza STi’s turbocharged powerplant with around 260bhp on tap.

The two cars will use a variant of Subaru’s six-speed manual gearbox, too and similar body panels, but different bumpers, front grilles and wheels.

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Subaru is likely to use these variations to make its version look the more aggressive of the two. Testing of the rear-wheel-drive coupé has already started at the Nürburgring in Germany.

Subaru’s test team is said to be responsible for the initial development on its model and the Toyota, because its drivers are more familiar with the FT-86’s underpinnings: a modified Legacy platform, with the Impreza’s rear suspension.

Subaru is said to have ruled out the idea of making its FT-86 four-wheel drive, because the added complexity would have increased weight and pushed up a price that’s already likely to be higher than originally thought.

Expect the Subaru to cost between £25,000 and £30,000 when it reaches the UK soon after the Toyota’s debut.

Peter Lyon

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9 August 2010

[quote Autocar]See Autocar's exclusive rendering of Subaru's joint-venture coupé[/quote]If only the production car turned out like the rendering. Car design is one compromise after another.

9 August 2010

[quote Autocar]

The car will use a retuned version of Subaru’s naturally aspirated 2.0-litre flat four, using a revised head to produce around 200bhp.

However, Subaru plans to give its version of the coupé (still without a name) much higher performance, and it will feature a version of the Impreza STi’s turbocharged powerplant with around 260bhp on tap.

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the standard subaru impreza sti for autocar readers ( UK ) has a 2.5 litre engine with 295bhp/407nm and 325bhp/470nm for higher tune and finally 395bhp/542nm in cosworth tune.

Are you saying its going to be a poor mans version which is detuned down to 260bhp? potentially 135bhp less than what it could be from factory??

Or are you refering to the japanese market sti engine which is infact a 2.0 turbo but still has about 316bhp and that will be detuned for power but better emmisions?

or are you referring to a brand new as yet unused engine of unknown spec or capacity which will be used in a new yet to be made STI and also in the new coupe?

and is the figure of 260bhp a roll of the dice, probably wherever it came from, as a minimum working figure in comparison to market competitors. Scirocco R etc.

i think one thing must be certain, this new 200bhp na engine will only work properly on shell V-power. yet more worry for toyota thinking of sales outside of japan.

the current 2.0 unit makes 148bhp, 200bhp with a better head and higher compression will need 98RON at least in my view.

(incidentally my view is that 95ron should be banned)

9 August 2010

More likely it'll have a knock sensor and adjust the timing for the fuelling - probably put out about 180bhp on 95ron, 200 on 97/99ron and a bit more on the proper juice available in japan.

That way there's no real worry over fuel type availability

9 August 2010

Subaru's designers appear to be living in the 1980s. What's special here?

9 August 2010

yes, same with my car, but thats what i meant by running properly, 200bhp. 180bhp is improper to me when the engine is rated at 200bhp.

as i say the whole fuel issue could be solved by phasing out 95ron, there is no point in it existing. when engines are designed to use it they are more economic than engines running on 95ron. better mpg and efficiency etc.

now is the time to do it with high compression and turbo petrol engines even for the smallest city cars.

it makes sense.

9 August 2010

Looks like a Supra crossed with a Hyundai Coupe.

I like it!

9 August 2010

oh yes i also forgot to say i also like it, both in subaru and in toyota form. good car.

a bit worried about the high weight though for the size of car.

9 August 2010

The Toyota version was starting to sound a bit watered down; this brings it right back in to my eye line.

9 August 2010

If it is taken for granted that both versions are the same to drive the Toyota has the Subaru licked for visual drama.

9 August 2010

does the world need this car?

Im not sure its offering anything other coupes do, id rather see this with a Toyota badge

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