At the Geneva Motor Show, the Toyota FT-86 II Concept car can be viewed from Toyota’s stand but the platform that it is built on is displayed at Subaru’s stand. Toyota and Subaru jointly designed the Subaru BOXER Sports Car Architecture as well as the rear-wheel drive concept vehicle.
While the vehicle's exterior design is 100% Toyota, its underpinnings are mostly from Subaru, right down to the 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated horizontally-opposed Boxer engine mounted near the front. It’s clear that Toyota is responsible for the engine sending power to the rear wheels rather than all four.
Subaru admitted that to reduce the weight, the engine could be built from aluminum. The company said that compared to Subaru AWD vehicles, its engine is positioned even lower and further back in the engine bay.
This resulted to improved balance, solid handling and a lower center of gravity. It’s expected that the production car will start assembly in spring 2012. When Subaru and Toyota decided to create the RWD Sports Car (a new generation sports car), they sought to give driving pleasure to a wider range of customers.
The vehicle offers a new level of driving excitement with exceptional crisp handling due to its "front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout", further lowered centre of gravity, compact and lightweight body.
The press release states that the car will be the only mass-produced front-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car powered by a horizontally-opposed engine in the world.
The company added that it makes full use of an engineering masterpiece that fuses Subaru's sports car expertise with Boxer engine performance along with Toyota's experiences with rear-wheel drive sports cars.