The Toyota FT-86 has still not made its official debut, but on saturday it will make its race debut in Germany. This FT-86 will run in the German VLN series on the Nürburgring. If you remember, they did the same thing with the Lexus LF-A. So its a type of tradition at Toyota/Lexus to race with prototypes.
The Subaru BRZ is edging closer to a final production prototype, We recently spied the new pictures of the highly-anticipated Subaru FT-86 variant the BRZ.
The car will be exclusively Rear Wheel Drive.
Caught undergoing testing near the Nürburgring, the heavily camouflaged prototype looks virtually identical to the Toyota FT-86 but is distinguished by a revised front bumper and LED daytime running lights.
The BRZ measures 4.2m in length, 1.8m wide and stands 1,3m high.
The rear-wheel drive (RWD) sports coupe will also feature Toyota’s direct-injection technology, called D-4S, the naturally-aspirated 2.0 litre horizontally-opposed Boxer engine is touted to have 200bhp.
Today the Subaru version of the Toyota-Subaru co-operation FT-86 has arrived to the Nürburgring in Germany for some track testing.
The two manufacturers are collaborating on a shared four-cylinder sports car that will be sold in two versions, beginning near the end of 2011, both sporting rear wheel drive for the purists.
Even if the Subaru version is very look-a-like to the Toyota/Scion there are some smaller changes. The rear side window for example. And in case with this prototype it is wearing MZ- numberplates, meaning its coming from the German Subaru test centre.
The future Subaru FT-86 sports car has been caught testing again, this time at the Nurburgring in Germany. Even though the driver was aggresively avoiding the camera of our spy photographer he was able to get these shots.
Rumour has it, the future Subaru sports car will be powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine, a variation of the engine used in the Impreza WRX STI, and not the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter flat four engine previously rumoured. The engine will still produce 280hp which is much more powerful than its Toyota sibling that will only deliver 200 HP. Both models, however, will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox.
As for its design, it is hinted that the Subaru sports coupe will take its design features from the hatchback, in particular at the front end, but with a more aggressive detailing. Both cars will be unique in styling due to their own bumpers, front grilles, and wheels, but they will, however, share similar body panels and obviously the chassis.
It is difficult to speculate on the detailing differences as it is still under heavy camouflage.
Expect some more photos trackside later on today….