Earlier this month, Fuji Heavy Industries’s president Mori Ikuo announced Subaru’s version of their rear-wheel-drive sports car built in conjunction with Toyota would appear by the end of the year—but it doesn’t look like we’ll even have to wait that long. Subaru announced today that the car, code-named 216a, would be appearing at the Geneva Motor Show in March—at least, as a concept known as the Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept.
While the press release (which you can read below) offered few details, it did confirm that the Toyobaru will be RWD, even in Subaru form, and will pack a Subie boxer engine under its hood. What that engine is remains to be seen (though we’re pulling for the WRX’s turbocharged 2.5 liter mill). Considering the production car should be ready by December, we imagine the only difference between the “concept” and the real car will be a pair of extremely fancy headlights.
American pricing hasn’t been announced, but in Japan, Mori says the car will go for about 70 percent of the price of an STI. If that pricing structure translates over here, the 216a should start at less than $24,000. Kickass. [via Subaru]
Pictured: The Toyota FT-86 after a little Photoshop action to make it look like a Subaru, thanks to FT86club.com.
Exhibition Outline of the 81st Geneva International Motor Show
Tokyo, January 14, 2011 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today
announced that it will exhibit the “SUBARU IMPREZA CONCEPT” and the “Subaru Trezia” as European premieres at the 81st Geneva International Motor Show slated for March in Geneva, Switzerland (Press day: March 1 and 2; Open to the public from March 3 through 13, 2011). The “Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept” will also be showcased as a world premiere.
The Subaru Impreza Concept is the first concept model to be released under Subaru’s new brand strategy.
Designed to show a possible direction for future Impreza models, the concept also embodies Subaru’s new brand statement “Confidence in Motion”. Expressing Subaru’s brand core value of “enjoyment and peace of mind”, the Subaru Impreza Concept fuses a sleek and lean form that exudes dynamism and elegance. It also features a spacious and plush four-seat interior for a safe and comfortable ride.
Length x Width x Height: 4,520 x 1,820 x 1,430 mm, Wheelbase: 2,640 mm Power Unit: New Generation Subaru Boxer engine (2.0-litre 4-cylinder Horizontally-Opposed engine) plus Lineartronic (CVT)
The Subaru Trezia represents a proposal of new value to meet the increasing demand for smaller and
environmentally friendly cars in Europe. The key phrase for this product is “New Compact Smart Wagon”. The model provides the benefits of the Subaru wagon-style in an overall body size of less than 4 meters in length. This touring compact car offers a string of other benefits, from the strong presence of the exterior to the highly efficient package of the roomy and quality interior and easy-to-use utility space. With CO2 emissions of 113 g/km*, the Trezia combines superior environmental friendliness and highly responsive SUBARU IMPREZA CONCEPT Subaru Trezia
A 1.3-litre petrol engine and 1.4-litre turbo diesel engine are available in the European markets.
*For the 1.4-litre turbo diesel models
Length x Width x Height: 3,995 x 1,695 x 1,595 mm, Wheelbase: 2,550 mm
A Subaru rear-wheel drive sports car is currently under joint development as part of the business alliance with Toyota Motor Corporation. Based on an all-new platform, the vehicle will offer Subaru’s distinctive trademark and core technology: the “Horizontally-Opposed Subaru Boxer engine”. The concept embodies Subaru’s established know-how in manufacturing boxer-powered passenger cars; it shows how Subaru proposes to integrate this expertise into a rear-wheel drive car to offer a new and highly enjoyable, Subaru-like driving experience. The technology concept will demonstrate how the all-new car platform makes full use of Subaru’s engineering and Boxer technology.