Subaru’s new coupe
WHATIS IT? Subaru coupe WHYTHE FUSS? Well, look at it
WHEN’S IT HERE? Hopefully 2012 HOWMUCH? About $50,000 THE world is still waiting to see what Subaru will do with its new sporty coupe.
Toyota has already provided two early previews of its born-again Celica, the FT-86, and the car is expected to star at the Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne in early July.
But sales of the Celica — or could it become a Sprinter, after the Corolla AE-86 — are not scheduled until 2012 and that gives Subaru plenty of wriggle room for its version of the Japanese go-fast coupe.
Our mates at Carparazzi know what people want so have stripped away the camouflage from the Subaru version of the FT-86 to provide an early hint on what will eventually be in showrooms.
The computerised Carparazzi view, one of four exclusive pictures in Carsguide this week, shows a similar profile to the Toyota coupe but with more chunky Subaru detailing and a bonnet scoop directly related to the Impreza WRX and STi.
When Audi first tried an A2 city car it failed. It was too costly due to its all-alloy body. Boxy, narrow styling also failed to score against chic rivals such as the Peugeot 207. Audi is going with a new A2 and the Carparazzi artists reveal a car keeping visual hints of the original with a stylish and curved body. Look for it in 2012.
The minimisation move is growing atBMW Group with plans for a range of sub-Mini and 1 Series models. Carparazzi shows how aBMW ‘‘city-mini’’ is likely to look with a three-cylinder turbocharged engine.The body is smaller than today’s 1 Series and more rounded, but still has plenty of front-seat space.
The next of Audi’s hotrod S-cars, the S1, is previewed by Carparazzi. It has the pumpedout body and the giant wheels you would expect of an S-Car, and is likely to come with a turbo engine.The big question is whether Audi will continue the all-wheel-drive requirement for its S-cars with this A1-based hotrod.