Toyota + Subaru Compact FR Sports Car :

3 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Toyota + Subaru Compact FR Sports Car :

Toyota + Subaru Compact FR Sports Car

Weight and power go up, as does the price#8230; but it#8217;s still expected to be cheaper than the new Nissan FR sports car.

In April Toyota and Subaru made a formal declaration confirming their intentions of putting their new FR sports car on the market by the end of 2011. Subaru initially denied its existence, but we can confirm that not only is there an FR sports car development program, but that Subaru will develop its own derivative that will look different from the Toyota version. The dimensions will place the compact FR sports car in between the S15 Nissan Silvia and the AE86 Toyota Sprinter Trueno/Corolla Levin, with product planning being handled by Toyota and development being handled by Subaru.

At the recent Toyota, Subaru and Daihatsu joint meeting on April 10, the main theme of the talks centered around the synergy between the 3 companies and how it would affect Subaru#8217;s line up. The most important aspect though was how the compact FR sports car development would be divided between Toyota and Subaru. Toyota will control product planning and guide the project while Subaru will donate the platform and engine and also take on development responsibilities.

It#8217;s a little surprising how the development team have cited the Honda Integra Type R as a benchmark to work with. The Integra has almost the same dimensions as the compact FR sports car (thereby influencing the styling) and will offer similar performance with its naturally aspirated engine.

The dimensions of the Integra are (length) 1485mm, (width) 1725mm and (height) 1400mm with a wheelbase of 2570mm. The compact FR sports car will have similar dimensions so it will be one size smaller than the Subaru Impreza. You could say that these dimensions (see image below) will make the new compact FR sports car the perfect size for its intended purpose: a fun, easy to enjoy sports car experience.

Subaru will be aiming for 220ps and 21.0kg/m for the 2.0L NA boxer four cylinder engine, but we wonder whether this will be enough to go up against the power and torque figures the new Nissan FR sports car is aiming to produce. The Subaru 2.0L engine will be non-turbo so emphasis will be on a free flowing intake and exhaust and instant throttle response and mated to six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes.

 The layout of the platform will enable the engine to be placed low in a #8216;front midship#8217; configuration with the engine placed behind the front struts which is unusual considering the layout of current Subaru models. There will also be a 2+2 seating arrangement inside although the rear seats are described as being good for #8220;occasional use#8221; only.

The specifications have changed somewhat since we last reported on the Toyota/Subaru compact sports car. the car is expected to weigh around 1300kg now and engine capacity as well as power have been icreased which is more than likely in response to rumors of Nissan#8217;s involvement in their own compact FR sports car program. This of course will have an effect on the expected price which is now rumored to be 2,000,000 yen.

Words: Peter Horniak, Justin Karow

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