Subaru’s version of the Toyota FT-86 to get 260 hp

Article by Christian A., on September 17, 2010

It appears that Subaru will feature a turbocharged 2.5-litre engine on its upcoming rear-wheel-drive coupé. The test vehicle snapped in Death Valley shows a cut-and-shut Impreza body covering the modified Legacy platform with Impreza rear suspension.

The vehicle had made an appearance at the Nürburgring, but its bonnet scoop is new and through an opening in the front grille, a front-mounted intercooler was evident.

In an earlier Autocar report, Subaru sources in Japan said that the unnamed coupé will feature a 260bhp version of the Impreza WRX STI’s turbocharged 2.5-litre flat four.

As a result, it gets a boost and now boasts more power than its co-developed Toyota FT-86 sibling, which is powered by Subaru’s naturally aspirated 2.0-litre flat four (offering about 200bhp). Both of these cars will be equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The fact that Impreza bodywork has been used implies that the coupé could be styled similarly to the hatchback, especially the front end.

Subaru aims for these two vehicles to have similar body panels, but have different bumpers, front grilles and wheels. The coupé is planned to be the more aggressive vehicle of the pair. [via autocar]

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