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Old 01-14-2011, 10:36 AM   #1
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Cool New RWD Subaru Sports Coupe (FT-86 equivalent) Coming in March!

Anyone been following the Toyota/Subaru joint project FT-86/216a sports car? News from FT86club today is that Subaru's RWD version is going to be unveiled at the 2011 Geneva autoshow in March.

Supposed to be on an all new RWD platform and powered by Subaru's boxer engine. I just hope the Subaru version makes it to the states, but I got some fear that it won't because since both models are now RWD, wouldn't they just eat into each other's sales?

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Old 01-14-2011, 10:48 AM   #2
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i like it, seems like it would compete with the Genesis Coupe and perhaps whatever rwd coupe Honda will be putting out..
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:52 AM   #3
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Is honda even considering one anymore? It's been what.. almost 40 years since they've had an affordable RWD car that wasn't trying to be a supercar.
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:38 PM   #4
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Is honda even considering one anymore? It's been what.. almost 40 years since they've had an affordable RWD car that wasn't trying to be a supercar.
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:49 PM   #5
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Is honda even considering one anymore? It's been what.. almost 40 years since they've had an affordable RWD car that wasn't trying to be a supercar.
s2k... had the highest NA piston hp/liter engine in the world for a few years...
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Old 01-14-2011, 02:49 PM   #6
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Sweet. I've been eager to see these things come to fruition. It should be a potent little sports car.
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:41 AM   #7
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s2k... had the highest NA piston hp/liter engine in the world for a few years...
I will never understand the fascination with a high hp/L number. A bigger engine, with the same hp, will produce more torque and therefore more average power, and as a result make the car faster overall.
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I have one of these in Gran Tourismo 5
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I will never understand the fascination with a high hp/L number. A bigger engine, with the same hp, will produce more torque and therefore more average power, and as a result make the car faster overall.
In many foreign countries, vehicles are taxed on displacement. 2.0L can be "magic" territory. So, if you're "restricted" to 2.0L AND no forced induction, "factory-built tuner engines" ensue...

With VVT, the conventional wisdom to this point has been to concentrate on more hp beyond a certain rpm. No one said manufacturers couldn't use VVT to concentrate on torque AND mpg, instead...
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I've seen the articles on it, but I think it was a small mistake for Subaru to make a car that isn't AWD. It's basically there main selling point and strongest feature. They KNOW AWD and to go RWD is going to alienate their main customer base. It might bring in new customers and I'm sure some existing customers will go for it, but I think it will be flop. Part of the problem was/is cost. They both wanted a cheaper car and AWD was gonna make it to much so they axed it. I guess it doesn't really matter to me though since I got my rocket ship already.
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I've seen the articles on it, but I think it was a small mistake for Subaru to make a car that isn't AWD. It's basically there main selling point and strongest feature. They KNOW AWD and to go RWD is going to alienate their main customer base. It might bring in new customers and I'm sure some existing customers will go for it, but I think it will be flop. Part of the problem was/is cost. They both wanted a cheaper car and AWD was gonna make it to much so they axed it. I guess it doesn't really matter to me though since I got my rocket ship already.
We are just seeing the base model, STI could mean AWD and forced induction.
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but Toyota is selling it, so what does it matter if it's awd or rwd to Subaru?
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In many foreign countries, vehicles are taxed on displacement. 2.0L can be "magic" territory. So, if you're "restricted" to 2.0L AND no forced induction, "factory-built tuner engines" ensue...

With VVT, the conventional wisdom to this point has been to concentrate on more hp beyond a certain rpm. No one said manufacturers couldn't use VVT to concentrate on torque AND mpg, instead...
I see two problems with that explanation. Anyone that I've talked to what likes a high hp/L has been living in either the US or Canada. Last time I checked, neither country has a displacement tax. Second, regardless of why a manufacturer does it, its not a positive attribute and if anything, its a negative. More power is good. More torque is good. But high hp/L ... so what? I'd much rather have an LS7 than the 4.3L from the F430 Scuderia. The proponents of hp/L would have you believe that the Ferrari engine is superior, since it makes more than 50% more hp/L. But in just about any measurable way its inferior to the big pushrod mill of the Z06: it makes less torque, burns more fuel, and costs more (and presumably, weighs more and is bigger overall though I can't find much info on that stuff)
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We are just seeing the base model, STI could mean AWD and forced induction.
This is what I have heard. There are rumors that this will have an sti trim level with awd and a turbo 2.5. . .
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