Production-ready Toyobarus Reportedly Coming to Tokyo This Year
What that actually means is that we’ll have to wait until December to see the rear-wheel-drive sport coupes, which should then hit the global market next year.
The cars’ production launch comes over three years after the program was announced in April 2008. Since then, several prototypes have been displayed at international auto shows, with the FR-S unveiled last month at the 2011 New York Auto Show, following the March introduction of its sibling, the Toyota FT-86 II, at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. Also in Geneva, Subaru showed a transparent concept detailing the car's boxer engine, rear-drive architecture and suspension. With the concepts out of the way, the rest of the year should be filled with rumors, speculations and a lot of spyshots.
Speaking of speculations, a rear-wheel drive sports coupe sounds interesting, so people have naturally been curious whether Subaru is considering an AWD variant, but Japanese sources familiar with the program say there are no plans for an AWD version. Inside Line also says there’s no turbocharged version of Subaru's latest 2.0-liter four-cylinder flat-four envisioned, but we’re still holding onto hope until the Japanese companies reveals its full hand.
Sales of sport scars are usually dictated by how well they respect a simple formula or performance and looks, so the two companies will have to come up with totally different product in order to have a chance on the market.