toyota FT86 / Subaru 086A spy photos / video at Nurburgring
We just caught Toyota engineers testing a prototype for the Toyota/Subaru joint-venture coupe on the Nürburgring, giving us a new real-world taste of the eagerly-awaited two-door. How much this prototype represents Toyota's production-intent coupe is a little cloudy at this point. It is definitely more advanced than the Subaru-themed coupe mules spied more than a year ago, and hints of Toyota's recently-released FT-86 concept can be imagined behind the camouflage. The headlights look like they could be merely functional placeholders for more sexy headlamps to be applied later, but they also seem to integrate quite well into the bodywork visible here. The same can be said for the tail-lights which fail to capture the svelte sexiness of the FT-86 concept.
It's rare for a car company to create two-stages of mules--it usually goes from the initial mule straight to a confirmation prototype--but it looks like this prototype may still have a little of the Island of Dr. Moreau treatment. At least we hope so. If the visible elements on this latest coupe prototype are indicative of the final design, Toyota will have raised the public's expectations with the FT-86 only to bring everyone crashing down to a more mundane reality.
Well this test development car really looks like the Subaru version of 086A, its very similar to WRX version. The interior pic clearly marks the dashboard style of WRX, dont mind the steering wheel. Although the sound volume is low, its still possible to hear a boxer type engine un der the hood, normalized with equal length type headers. Rumors spread that the Toyota FT-86 engine will be different than Subaru 086A. There were other spy shots believed to be the Toyota Subaru joint venture - a test car in white. Maybe that is the Toyota version, as the styles are different. The white car looks more Corolla-ish. See spy photos and video below:Spy Shots of 086A toyobaru coupe test prototype on the track
The black development 086A test car:
Subaru 086A and WRX Comparison:
The white Toyota FT-86 test car:
and the spy video at Nurburgring:
"Toyota Motor Company (TMC) and Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) - Subaru's parent company - are to jointly develop a compact rear-wheel-drive sports car that will be marketed by both TMC and FHI." "The compact rear-wheel sports car to be jointly developed by TMC and FHI is envisioned to offer a new "fun to drive" experience based on an all-new vehicle platform powered by an FHI core-technology horizontally-opposed engine. Market introduction is targeted for the end of 2011. Production is to take place at a new plant to be built at FHI's Gunma Manufacturing Division in Japan's Gunma Prefecture. TMC will consign production to FHI."
If you have any other videos or photos of the Toyota FT-86 / Subaru 086A test cars, please let us know! Forum discussion: FT-86 test car at Nurburgring