Earlier this week at the Tokyo Auto Show, Toyota drew back the covers on its new compact sports car concept, the FT-86. Using a Subaru engine, it has long been rumored that the rear drive car would also be sold as a Subaru, with with an all-wheel drive layout. Now word comes that Suabru’s high-performance STI division is planning a version of the car.
According to AutoExpress, the STI version would offer a larger naturally aspirated (rather than turbocharged) boxer engine. Currently the FT-86 (aka the Toyobaru) uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is rumored to make around 200-hp.The 2.5-liter motor would push the output closer to 250-hp.
An STI version would also get a set of big wheels, flared fenders, a firmer suspension, better brakes and some race-inspired interior treatments.
We don’t expect the production Toyota model to debut until the Geneva Auto Show in March, with the Subaru probably a year behind that.
Report: Subaru Planning STI Version of FT-86 : Auto News
So what does everyone think of the Subaru version. Would you prefer the Toyota or the Subaru version of this car? What changes do you expect to see both engine and body wise? Do you expect the price difference to be substantial?