Toyota – Subaru Joint Sportscar Plans Revealed
We reported earlier that Toyota had upped its stake in Fuji Heavy Industries, maker of Subaru cars. We mentioned one possible fruit of that merger: a jointly-developed rear wheel-drive (RWD) sportscar. Autocar has "top secret" sketches of what the Toyobaru lovechild might look like. The coupe will use Subaru's 175hp boxer four as a base engine motivating the rear wheels only (to keep weight down and handling sharp). Apparently, there is also talk of an all wheel-drive 2.5-liter turbo-engined top-of-the-line model; a throwback to Celica GT4s of yore. With the Miata squarely in its sights, the Japanese-built coupe's could sticker as low as $20k. The United States is pegged as the main market for this tasty little slice of hoon, which should hit dealers sometime in 2010. Could this possibly be the RWD Scion tC that's hit the rumor mills?
Reuters has a story out this morning about Toyota upping its stake in Fuji Heavy, and it reports it as fact that the companies are jointly developing a sports car that'll be sold by both Toyota and Subaru. -Matt
Latest model scoobies are ugly and van halen with sammy hagar was shite.
I like the idea, but I think that this car does not need AWD. Aside from robbing WRX sales, AWD is heavy and unnecessary when building a car that is RWD in the first place. It would rock if this thing were no bigger/heavier than the current civic.