Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Subaru | posted March 10, 2016 13:52
Mid-engined coupe to be hybrid-powered
It appears that Subaru is developing yet another car that puts them higher up in the sports car hierarchy. An insider from Subaru told Car and Driver that the company is in the middle of developing a mid-engined sports car in the Tochigi proving grounds.
According to the insider, Subaru is currently using a BRZ as its test mule. The prototype is currently running on a hybrid powertrain with the boxer engine mounted behind the driver and a pair of electric motors powering the front wheels, effectively making it all-wheel drive. The insider adds, “Whether the end result will be a two-door sports coupe or some kind of sports crossover/CUV is still in the evaluation stage. A coupe seems more likely, though”.
The report also states that the sports car will run on Subaru's new Global Platform that allows for quick transitions from standard engines to hybrid or electric applications. Car and Driver's insider says that the powertrain is essentially the reverse of the VIZIV concept, shown during last year's Tokyo Motor Show. The VIZIV is powered by a 1.6 liter, turbocharged flat-4 engine with direct injection. This engine is currently being used in the Levorg wagon which puts out 170 PS and 250 Nm of torque although it is likely that the sports car will get an uprated version of the FB16 motor. There are no details regarding the electric motors but the close source says that it will feature torque vectoring that splits power among the front wheels, essentially an electric version of Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
As for the BRZ and its Toyota 86 twin, it is yet unknown if a successor is in the works.