Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Subaru Coupe


More rumors and illustration about the joint Toyota/Subaru small coupe coming up next year.

They are talking about a smaller 2.0 Liter Boxer engine with 220hp.
More than enough for a small car.

We would only get the Subaru version. The Toyota might be for Japan only.

A sub-$20 000 coupe with the great Roo engine? That sounds great.

I agree with one of the posters about Subaru offering FWD in the US.
Most people do not need and will never use AWD. Give people a choice of the cheaper and more economical FWD (Like they used to)
They thought they would be special by only offering AWD cars. But what would make them special is a bit more originality in their designs.

13 comments:

Nissan Spyking said...

best looking subaru ever, maxima style headlamps in reverso

cubedtothex said...

So no Celica revival?


I can't believe it though...the Genesis coupe isn't even out yet and the SUB has copied it.

Now that we have the Japanese copying the Koreans, you know what that means. Hyundai as finally Arrived.

Anonymous said...

Good looking little car even with the crying headlights.

Anonymous said...

Hence the slogan. "it is what's underneath that counts"
was used by Subaru for quite sometime for its AWD
system. Personally, I like AWD for its handling
and it is kind of corny to go RWD which Vince thinks will be FWD. But I agree that their design also make them different. If they will use RWD, make AWD optional to loyalists since it is another reason to buy a Subaru.

Carl said...

Wow this is really cool, I like the idea of Saubaru having a coupe again, and especially if it has real firepower (turbo) from the WRX. Finally something worthy of replacing my Prelude.

Anonymous said...

Jeep made the mistake with the Compass since it lacked the brands true off road DNA. People just see this thing as a Caliber with a Jeep grill. So, what makes this little Subaru a true Sabaru if it lacks AWD?
Will this be a Toyota bastard? Only no if they use AWD and perhaps a Turbo.

Anonymous said...

Jeep made the mistake with the Compass since it lacked the brands true off road DNA. People just see this thing as a Caliber with a Jeep grill. So, what makes this little Subaru a true Sabaru if it lacks AWD?
Will this be a Toyota bastard? Only no if they use AWD and perhaps a Turbo.

Markus said...

I expected to see at least one comment saying it looks an awful look like the new Honda Accord coupe, but i suppose no one else thinks so...

Say Vince, what happened with the Facebook thing? I requested your friendship almost two weeks ago, but nothing happened.

Anonymous said...

Vince, you are absolutely correct about Subaru offering front wheel drive platforms across the board! Most Subarus barely average 21 MPG. With gasoline prices approaching the $5 mark, if they don't do something fast to make their vehicles more economical by offering a 5 or 6 speed automatic and front wheel drive, Subaru will soon fade away like Isuzu will this year. I was especially disappointed with the new Forester only offering a 4 speed automatic and no telescoping steering wheel with the base engine. You have to move up to the turbo XT to get that option and it requires premium fuel which costs even more to purchase. At the prices they charge you would think they could afford to have these options as standard equipment like other companies already do.

Anonymous said...

Marcus, they all look the same. The Honda looks like a 3 series...

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately nothing like the
previous Toyota Celica 90's and 94's...

Rumor according to some sites was this would be labeled the next Toyota Celica (hopefully not).

Looks to me like a mini honda accord coupe.

Anonymous said...

First of all, this is going to be a RWD coupe, not FWD as Vince says, and that's where the controversy lies. With Toyota's influence, I doubt there is much chance of seeing any FWD Subarus in the near future (as their vehicles become otherwise more similar), and I also don't think there is much chance Subaru will get anything BUT the AWD version of this coupe, since Toyota will keep the RWD version for themselves to effectively replace the long-lamented AE86 (Corolla SR5) coupe.

www.allclassics.com said...

This may be the next STI as the last one died before in the showroms.
Bet you can get a bargain on an STI now.