Here it is, the first real life pics [full gallery] of the Subaru Boxer Sports Car Architecture from the Geneva Motor Show! True to rumors, what is being shown is merely a skeletal frame with the boxer motor, suspension, and chassis mounted.

No confirmation yet whether this skeletal frame represents the actual design of Subaru’s version of the FT-86.

More info and pics of the Subaru Boxer Sports Car and the Toyota FT-86 from tomorrow’s official conferences, so stay tuned!

*UPDATED PHOTOS WITH CLOSEUPS OF MOTOR, SUSPENSION, DRIVETRAIN

Tuesday February 22, 2011 10:32

Subaru will be unveiling its own version of the Toyota FT-86 at the 2011 Geneva motor show in just over a week. To ramp up the anticipation, Subaru has posted the first teasers of its “Subaru Boxer Sports Car Architecture.”

Shown at http://www.subaru-global.com/boxersports.html is a skeleton outline of the Subaru Boxer Sports Car, with its horizontally opposed boxer engine highlighted. Of particular note is that one of the images confirms that, like the Toyota FT-86, this Subaru sports car will be RWD, and that it will make “Subaru’s legendary on-road performance even more accessible.”

[MORE IMAGES, PRESS RELEASE, and DISCUSSIONS HERE]

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a test car for the new Toyota/Subaru coupe, but a new mule has just surfaced here in the United States and for the first time ever – we can confirm its hatchback configuration! [Hi-res images inside]

Look for the Subaru version of the FT-86 (as well as the Toyota FT-86 Concept II) to debut at the Geneva Motor Show early next month!

Tuesday February 15, 2011 14:00

Here is the latest installment in the FT-86 naming saga. The question all along has been “What will Toyota call the production version of the FT-86?” Will it retain the FT-86 badge? Will it even be badged as a Toyota (rather than a Scion)?

If this trademark is to be any indication, it shows that the car’s production name may retain the “86″ portion of the concept car’s name. Filed by Toyota on December 23, 2010, the trademark shows that Toyota was or is serious enough about retaining “86″ in the name to trademark a logo.

This is the same stylized 86 which we saw in the center of a bigger logo late last year. That larger logo showed a cross section of a boxer engine, featuring one horizontally opposed piston on each side and the now trademarked number 86 logo inserted in the center where the crankshaft would be.

Toyota’s “86″ trademark filing: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/tm/t-os/t-find/t-find-number?detailsrequested=C&trademark=2567820

<DISCUSSION HERE>

Trademarked logo:

Monday February 14, 2011 15:38

With Toyota’s announcement that the FT-86 II concept’s debut at the upcoming Geneva autoshow next month, of course renders would follow. Although Toyota’s preview merely gave a glimpse of the front end, THESE RENDERS take a guess at the side and rear views as well.

The side and rear views of the car speculates as to a higher look, based on the preview photo’s seemingly higher front fascia. Head on inside for a larger preview and let us know what you think. In any case, we’ll see just how accurate these renders are in just a bit over two weeks time!

Toyota has released a teaser image of the second FT-86 concept iteration, the “Toyota FT-86 II”, a near-production version of the Toyota FT-86 rear-wheel-drive sports coupe. The front fascia appears to have been toned down slightly from the first concept version, yet still aggressive and very attractive. The Toyota FT-86 II concept will debut at the 2011 Geneva autoshow on March 2nd. Stay tuned to our site as we will bring you the first photos available!

Discussions HERE
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Subaru has officially announced this morning that its new rear-wheel drive (yes, RWD) sports car concept (internally known as the “216a”) which has co-developed with Toyota, will be making its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in early March. Besides the official confirmation of the debut date, the interesting bit of news here is the confirmation of its RWD layout.

The new concept will be called the 2011 Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept and come powered by an engine with the automaker’s trademark horizontally-opposed ‘boxer’ design. Subaru explains that the concept was designed to show how it plans to integrate its boxer engine expertise in a rear-wheel drive vehicle. [DISCUSS HERE]


Some exciting FT-86 news (if true) today. According to Motor Trend, as part an overall plan to more closely converge Toyota’s products with Subaru, the upcoming FT-86 will be powered by the 305hp / 290 lb-ft Subaru STI 2.5L turbo 4-cylinder engine, rather than the less powerful Subaru engine originally planned for the FT-86.

If true, this would mean that the FT-86 should share the same powerplant as the Subaru version of the FT-86.

Discuss this development on our FORUMS.