Subaru 216a bigger and more powerful than Toyota FT-86
The Subaru version of the FT-86 will be larger, heavier and more powerful than its Toyota cousin. NPM4FMET4MKK According to a recent report in Japan’s Best Car magazine (and brought to us by the team at 7Tune), the Subaru-branded Toyobaru will receive the 216A chassis code, rather than the 086A badge that the Toyota will get. (In North America, the FT-86 will go by the 087A chassis code, while European models will get the 088A code).
Being a Subaru, the 216A will get symmetrical all-wheel drive, which will add roughly 220-lbs. The car will also be slightly larger with a 20mm increase in both height and width, while the wheelbase will gain anywhere from 30m to 50mm.
The best part, however, is confirmation that the car will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged motor. Most likely this means the 250ps (247-hp) version found in the Impreza, with the 308-ps (303-hp) WRX STI motor left for a high-performance version in the future.
Neither of those powerplants are, however, offered in North America. This could mean that, much like the WRX, the 216A will get the 2.5-liter turbo motor, with either 224-hp or 265-hp.
As expected, all these additions will also come with a price hike over the standard model.
But Subaru is skeptical about bringing rear-wheel-drive Toyobaru to the U.S.
“We’re an all-wheel-drive brand,” said Michael McHale, the spokesman of Subaru of America Inc. He said that Subaru is wondering if brand loyalists would “forgive us a one-off exception.” McHale said that if the rear-wheel-drive sports car doesn’t affect the overall core of the brand, it may bring it to the stateside as an “interesting option.” The design of the vehicle is shared with its Toyota sibling and that brand differentiation will be present in the “front and rear, it essentially is the same vehicle.”
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