A Toyota-Subaru rear-wheel-drive coupe with 220bhp? Yes!
This one isn’t really very relevant for India, but we couldn’t resist posting this bit of news about Toyota working with WRC specialists Subaru, on an all-new, rear-wheel-drive coupe lineup.
According to a report on Edmunds, Toyota and Subaru are co-developing a new lineup of rear-wheel-drive sports coupes that employ a reworked version of the Subaru Impreza platform, boxer engine and transmission. Toyota’s contribution to the mix will be product planning and quality control.
The Toyota coupe will only be sold in Japan (hey, maybe they’ll bring a few units to India as CBUs…?), while the Subaru car will be offered worldwide. The cars will be mechanically identical, but the styling would be different for both cars. Both cars will be built at Subaru’s plant in Gunma, Japan. And both will be fitted with Subaru’s 2.0-litre boxer engine, developing 220bhp, mated to a six-speed manual transmission from the current Impreza WRX STi.
After the demise of cars like the Supra, Honda Integra Type R and the NSX, Toyota is once again looking a building a car that’s actually fun to drive, but why does it want to keep all its good stuff only in Japan? We hope that when the new Toyota coupe comes out in 2011, the company imports at least a few units to India as CBUs…