Looking remarkably similar to the Scion FR-S concept it does have a more production-ready finish, with modest wheels (215/45/18 tires up front and 225/45/18 in the rear) and a believable rear diffuser. Compared to leaked photos of the FT-86, there are unique fender vents and it’s hard to miss the massive rear spoiler. While just the one rear-angle photo has been released Subaru promises the front end design gets a hexagonal front grille and hawk eye headlights, instantly distinguishing it as a Subie. And in true Subaru fashion it gets a version of the company’s trademark WR blue paint, called WR Blue Pearl II. One area that isn’t painted is the roof, with an exposed carbon fiber weave that further reduced the car’s already impressive center of gravity.
Rather than the turbocharged engine many are expecting, this STI makes use of the same naturally aspirated 2.0-liter boxer 4-cylinder with direct-injection, which on the FT-86/FR-S is touted to deliver 197-hp. To give an idea of just how incredible a handling machine this is, Subaru says that compared to other cars in its lineup the engine is located 4.7-inches lower to the ground and 9.4-inches closer to the center of the chassis.
Look for full details November 16th, with the start of AutoGuide’s 2011 LA Auto Show coverage here.
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