In Detail: Toyota-Subaru’s rear-wheel-drive sports car
Toyota and Subaru have both confirmed that they are indeed working on a rear-wheel-drive sports car that will arrive on the market by the end of 2011. Toyota will be handling the basic design of the car while Subaru will provide the technicals.
InsideLine has some new info on the sports car and has learned that it will be sold as a Toyota model exclusively in Japan while the rest of the world will get it with a Subaru badge. Mechanicals on both cars will be ‘identical’, but both models will have different exterior looks.
Engineers are working on Subaru’s 4WD powertrain and are modifying it to create a new rear-wheel-drive architecture. Power will come from Impreza WRX STI’s 2.0 liter engine that produces 220-hp. It will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Expect pricing to start just under $20,000.