Subaru’s Version of Toyota FT-86 to Skip AWD?

Toyota Subaru FT-86

Is a Subaru a Subaru if it doesn’t have all-wheel drive?

According to 7Tune.com, development costs associated with Subaru’s version of the heavily anticipated Toyota FT-86 are forcing all-wheel drive to be dropped from the “Toyobaru” sport coupe.

The move would delete the feature Subaru’s entire marketing platform is built on, leaving the Subie version as nothing more than a rebadge of the Toyota. And to that, I ask, what’s the point?

It’s hard for me to believe that Subaru would even bother selling a cloned RWD coupe, especially considering the advertising effort it would take to explain why the engine isn’t driving all four wheels. If I was in charge I’d either transfer those advertising dollars to the development budget so the car would be AWD, or scrap the project altogether.

Nothing is official yet, and it’s still very possible that only one (or neither) of these cars will even make it to market. If they both do, though, think about the glorious future it could create for fans of inexpensive RWD performance. Maybe these two cars, along with the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, will inspire the likes of Nissan to jump into the game, too (a new U.S. version of the Silvia, anyone?)

If Subaru does commit the sin of going RWD, at least we can hope to get something positive out of it!

So, let’s hear what you think. Would you be interested in a Subaru sports coupe that doesn’t have AWD? Is there a renaissance of RWD brewing?

-tgriffith

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3 Comments

  1. logical? so woluld a FWD genesis,Z or EVO more logical because its less expensive to build? lol! i mean look at the porsche cayenne and how it flopped because porsche deviated from what they do best. this isnt a corolla or sentra grocery getter, this is a car meant to revive a great era. A RWD subby clone just wouldnt make sense. it would have to be priced below the STI and could potentially hurt WRX sales. However, if it does make production as a RWD it could also stimulate mitsubishi to throw out a RWD competitor.

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    I wouldnt rely on 7tune news so much. there is nothing new in the post. awd is expensive, that is a logical thought.

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    I wouldnt rely on 7tune news so much. there is nothing new in the post. awd is expensive, that is a logical thought.

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    I wouldnt rely on 7tune news so much. there is nothing new in the post. awd is expensive, that is a logical thought.

  2. I wouldnt rely on 7tune news so much. there is nothing new in the post. awd is expensive, that is a logical thought.

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