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.
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.
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.