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Old 10-13-2009, 11:37 AM   #1
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Spy Shots of 086A toyobaru coupe test prototype on the track

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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.
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:38 AM   #2
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I'm getting a little worried. That looks NOTHING like the ft86 concept. I know its just a test car probably for chassis and handling but still woulad been nice to see something closer to the concept
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:31 PM   #3
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this could be the subaru version using the impreza body for testing.
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Hmm. Are these recent or taken before the concept was released?
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:28 PM   #5
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These were just released today on various blogs
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Actually toyo and subaru are probably testing the same components (engine, gearbox and chassis) using the subaru shell . I suspect they will have to test another car for awd if this is a rwd model.
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I hope thats subie's version... cuz its not pretty at all..
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Hopefully this is nothing more than a test car and has no physical relation to the production model. That test car is ugly from every angle shown.
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This is a mule car. Fake bodypanels and mucho camouflage. It's pretty normal for cars in this stage of development. They just might be testing engine and drivetrain..

To me it looks like they hacked a Impreza in 3 pieces and left the middle piece out and sticked the remaining 2 together.
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This is a mule car. Fake bodypanels and mucho camouflage. It's pretty normal for cars in this stage of development. They just might be testing engine and drivetrain..

To me it looks like they hacked a Impreza in 3 pieces and left the middle piece out and sticked the remaining 2 together.
Exactly.
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This is a mule car. Fake bodypanels and mucho camouflage. It's pretty normal for cars in this stage of development. They just might be testing engine and drivetrain..

To me it looks like they hacked a Impreza in 3 pieces and left the middle piece out and sticked the remaining 2 together.
Yup! It looks like only the rear might be the real car with a Impreza front end hacked on just to have something to sit and drive inside of. They must be testing drivetrain right now. I cant wait to see this car unfold!!!!
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+1 for the mule comment, that car is just using parts off various imprezas.. the hood is a base impreza, the bumper/flares are from an sti, the back is from an impreza sedan.. the car is literally glued together.. the REAL car is underneath all of that
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Ive seen mules of the current Corolla and Matrix and they looked nothing like the production models. Mules are just test beds for the mechanical components underneath.

On another note, you can really see how small the car may be based on how big the driver and passenger look.
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definately impreza tailights. hope subies version is a lot closer to toyotas in the looks department. also read somewhere that toyota's version will be sold everywhere else but the U.S. and Subaru version for the U.S market only.....(Speculation maybe?)
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