What Subaru will put on display at the Tokyo Motor Show this December is the production version of the sporty car that is being co-developed with Toyota. This rear-wheel-drive car, which features a Subaru-designed drivetrain and Toyota-styled body, will start selling in 2012. Toyota’s version will be sold in the U.S. as a Scion.
Toshio Masuda, a Subaru senior general manager of product planning, said that this car is anticipated to have a life cycle that’s longer than average. Masuda added that the company seeks to maintain the freshness of this offering and is considering variant packages, such as a STI version.
The typical features of Subaru's STI tuner package include lower profile tires, turbocharging, more powerful brakes and sport-tuned suspension.
However, it’s unlikely if it will go turbo. According to Subaru officials, the vehicle was originally conceived to have a naturally aspirated engine. This car will be produced in a new line at Subaru's facility located in Gumma, Japan. Its styling is drawn from Toyota FT-86 concepts that have been displayed in several auto shows since 2009.
It will be powered by a new generation 2.0-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine that will be featured in the redesigned Subaru Impreza that’s expected to arrive this fall. This engine will be placed almost 5 inches lower than its position in the Impreza in order to pull down the center of gravity of this car and for it to have improved handling.
This car will be fitted with the D-4S fuel injection system from Toyota. The new Impreza will receive an option for a continuously variable transmission but the sporty car will be given either a manual or automatic. Subaru has yet to reveal its pricing information but according to Japan's Nikkan Kogyo business daily, this car’s price is in the $20,000 range.