Subaru’s new coupe

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.