Subaru version of FT-86 will receive an AWD system and around 250 hp

Article by Christian A., on November 18, 2009

The collaboration has yet to issue final plans but here are several details on the powertrain and chassis of the Toyota FT-86 showcar, the joint Toyota-Subaru project that was built by Subaru.

Inside Line has discovered a Subaru variant of this car that will arrive in 2011. It will share the Toyota FT-86's naturally aspirated 2.0-liter flat-4, but it's likely that the output will be raised to about 250 horsepower.

On the other hand, Toyota's car is speculated to have 200 hp of max output. Subaru's version is equipped with all-wheel drive, which means that it will be heavier and would require more power. Both cars will be outfitted with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Due to a stretched platform, Subaru's car will be slightly larger than the Toyota. Pricing for the Subaru is expected to start from $30,000, which is about $5,000 higher than the Toyota. That's because the Subaru is larger, has extra power, and has all-wheel drive.

This leads then to the conclusion that the two coupes are unlikely to directly compete with each other. Encroaching onto the market of the Subaru Impreza WRX also won't be a problem.

It was reported that Toyota and Subaru’s versions of the FT-86 will have different codes, according to some Subaru insiders have also revealed that the cars will have different codes. In Japan, the version of the Toyota FT-86 will be known by the code 086A.The FT-86 will be known as the 087A and 088A in the United States and Europe, respectively.

On the other hand, the Fuji Heavy Industries version will be coded as the 216A, which obviously intended to clearly distinguish between the Toyota and Subaru version of the car.

It has also been confirmed that the Subaru version of the FT-86 will be driven by a 2.0-liter turbo charged powerplant providing power to all four wheels. This engine will likely be a revised, lowered power version of the EJ20 mill found under the hood of the Subaru Impreza 2.0 GT, delivering up to 250 PS of motive power and up to 34.0 kg/m of torque. The unit could also be a version of the EJ20 Turbo mill found under the bonnet of the current Impreza WRX STi. This engine is tuned to deliver 308 PS of max power and 43.0 kg/m of peal torque.

With regards to the body, the Subaru version will be bigger than Toyota’s. The 216A is seen to weigh about 100 kg more than the 086A. The weight gain is expectedly the result of the addition of 4WD as well as the increase in the dimensions (about 20 mm all around).

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