With all the names, nicknames and details that keep getting trundled out for the 2012 Toyota/Subaru ?Toyobaru? ?Subota? 086A Celica rear-wheel-drive entry-level sports car (see, that took up an entire line and then some), we?re going to soon start running out of space to put it all.
Moving on, the ?Toyobaru? circus continues. Best Car magazine ? one of Japan?s premier auto rags ? has reported that the 086A has been spotted testing in two distinctly different body styles. This, of course, sits at odds with earlier reports that the two manufacturers? offerings would be more-or-less identical but for some basic external and internal aesthetic differences.
Of course, surprise of surprises, there are no photos suppporting Best Car?s claims.
The magazine however did feature the above recycled artwork, showing a sleek traditionally-styled fastback coupe (slightly modified from its last appearance ? see below), alongside a more contempory-styled coupe with harder lines ? perhaps to represent Subaru?s version of the joint-effort sports car.
The 086A is expected to maintain the wheelbase of the Legacy/Liberty platform upon which it will be built, giving it a wheelbase of 2750mm (using the 2010 Subaru Legacy platform). Best Car claims the total outside dimensions are 4200mm long, 1750mm wide and 1300mm tall.
Using the Legacy platform will ensure that the ?Toyobaru? is a proper 2+2 coupe, although Best Car claims the rear seats have been described as being for ?emergency use only.? (?Quick, it?s an emergency, squeeze your battered body into my Toyobaru?s cramped back seat and let?s go!?)
Power is still expected to come courtesy of a direct-injection version of Subaru?s naturally-aspirated 2.0 litre EJ20 engine, developing around 148kW (198hp) and 200Nm of torque.
Price on the Japanese market is still expected to be around ?2.5 million (around AU$35,000), which will place it in a similar price range as the Subaru Impreza 2.0GT (Impreza WRX in Australia).
Pricey, some would say (if this prediction is true), for a low-powered non-turbo sports car. Most comment around the pump has fans of the new car expecting to pay ?2 million for the privilege of getting it in the garage. Which all depends, of course, on the car seeing light of day... someday.
The current rumour is that we?ll see both the ?Toyobaru? and the Lexus LFA at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show in October, but for now, only time will tell.