Subaru FT-86 Rear-Drive Coupe to Debut at Geneva Auto Show

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Subaru FT-86 Rear-Drive Coupe to Debut at Geneva Auto Show

Subaru will finally reveal its version of the Toyobaru rear-drive coupe at the Geneva Auto Show this March.

The automaker has confirmed that it will display a concept dubbed the ‘Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept.’ As the name suggest, however, it will be a concept and we don’t expect to see a production version until after the Toyota model debuts – possibly at the Tokyo Auto Show at the end of 2011.

Described as a joint venture with Toyota, Subaru says the vehicle will use an all-new platform and will be powered by the company’s horizontally-opposed boxer engine, helping to deliver both a compact powerplant and one with a low center of gravity.

Get more Toyobaru news and info at FR-SForum.com

And see AutoGuide’s complete 2011 Geneva Auto Show preview here.

Official release after the jump:

PRESS RELEASE

Exhibition Outline of the 81st Geneva International Motor Show

Tokyo, January 14, 2011 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today announced that it will exhibit the “SUBARU IMPREZA CONCEPT” and the “Subaru Trezia” as European premieres at the 81st Geneva International Motor Show slated for March in Geneva, Switzerland (Press day: March 1 and 2; Open to the public from March 3 through 13, 2011). The “Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept” will also be showcased as a world premiere.

<SUBARU IMPREZA CONCEPT>

The Subaru Impreza Concept is the first concept model to be released under Subaru’s new brand strategy. Designed to show a possible direction for future Impreza models, the concept also embodies Subaru’s new brand statement “Confidence in Motion”. Expressing Subaru’s brand core value of “enjoyment and peace of mind”, the Subaru Impreza Concept fuses a sleek and lean form that exudes dynamism and elegance. It also features a spacious and plush four-seat interior for a safe and comfortable ride.

-Major specifications- Length x Width x Height: 4,520 x 1,820 x 1,430 mm, Wheelbase: 2,640 mm Power Unit: New Generation Subaru Boxer engine (2.0-litre 4-cylinder Horizontally-Opposed engine) plus Lineartronic (CVT)

<Subaru Trezia>

The Subaru Trezia represents a proposal of new value to meet the increasing demand for smaller and environmentally friendly cars in Europe. The key phrase for this product is “New Compact Smart Wagon”. The model provides the benefits of the Subaru wagon-style in an overall body size of less than 4 meters in length. This touring compact car offers a string of other benefits, from the strong presence of the exterior to the highly efficient package of the roomy and quality interior and easy-to-use utility space. With CO2 emissions of 113 g/km*, the Trezia combines superior environmental friendliness and highly responsive SUBARU IMPREZA CONCEPT Subaru Trezia driving.

A 1.3-litre petrol engine and 1.4-litre turbo diesel engine are available in the European markets. *For the 1.4-litre turbo diesel models

-Major specifications- Length x Width x Height: 3,995 x 1,695 x 1,595 mm, Wheelbase: 2,550 mm

<Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept>

A Subaru rear-wheel drive sports car is currently under joint development as part of the business alliance with Toyota Motor Corporation. Based on an all-new platform, the vehicle will offer Subaru’s distinctive trademark and core technology: the “Horizontally-Opposed Subaru Boxer engine”. The concept embodies Subaru’s established know-how in manufacturing boxer-powered passenger cars; it shows how Subaru proposes to integrate this expertise into a rear-wheel drive car to offer a new and highly enjoyable, Subaru-like driving experience. The technology concept will demonstrate how the all-new car platform makes full use of Subaru’s engineering and Boxer technology.

  • Rick

    It’s a shame they have dropped the AWD. Just eliminated this family from the waiting list.

  • Bill

    I don’t think a coupe is the best choice for a family. This is marketed as a driver’s car; a successor to the 86-corolla.

  • Element-L

    So much time and money is spent trying to re-create old verve with these car companies. I just hope it doesn’t turn out to be a failed attempt at anything retro. With all of the advances we’ve had, it SHOULD be a cutting edge affordable car that is fun to drive. But, it WILL be over-complicated, over-priced and computer controlled. I guess as long as you can turn off the “no fun” button.

  • matt

    I really hope they don’t plan to use the cvt as the only transmission.

    No “sports” car should ever use that horrible transmission.

    Light simple and fun to drive….I hope