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Old 09-29-2018, 08:01 AM   #1
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Default Mid Engine Subaru Rumors Still Alive And Well



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A couple of years ago, rumors surfaced that Subaru was developing a mid-engine prototype that would tap its four-cylinder boxer engine and an electric front axle.

The rumor seemed very far-fetched, but it now seems there may be something to it, with Japanese automotive magazine Best Car publishing a similar report in its latest print issue.

According to the report, this new mid-engine vehicle will have a turbocharged boxer engine sitting midship, which will be joined by a plug-in hybrid system.

This intel mimics that of the report that surfaced in 2016, which came from Car and Driver. The American publication reported that Subaru had dropped a mid-mounted Boxer in a BRZ-based prototype and installed two electric motors on the front axle to create a radical hybrid all-wheel drive system. It also indicated that Subaru was working on a show car to gauge interest in such a product, which would be presented in ďabout two yearsí time.Ē That was about two years ago, so if Car and Driverís report was accurate, we could see a design study for this rumored mid-engine Subaru sometime soon.

Both Car and Driver and Best Carís reports say Subaruís decision on the mid-engine vehicle will hinge on American interest. The Japanese brand has experienced large-scale growth in the United States and also Canada in recent years, so itís no surprise that the top brass in Japan will only greenlight a product if itís something those customers want. Car and Driver also says that it was Subaruís US dealers that initially pushed it to develop a more a ďspecialĒ product.

We want to believe that Subaru is working on some sort of mid-engine AWD rally weapon, but we have our doubts. The automaker is intently focused on making reliable, safe family cars and who can fault them? Itís certainly working, with the brand recording 81 consecutive months of yearly month-over-month sales growth as of last month. Weíre trying remain hopeful, though. The world could always use more mid-engined cars.

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Old 09-29-2018, 10:50 AM   #2
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Interesting, I wonder if this will be another 86-GT/BRZ type of situation. There has been news/rumor that Toyota is looking to revive the Celica GT4 and MR2, which IMO, is fantastic news. I only hope that Toyota/Subaru will offer manual transmission in their cars that are driver orientated.
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Old 09-29-2018, 11:08 AM   #3
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We want to believe that Subaru is working on some sort of mid-engine AWD rally weapon, but we have our doubts. The automaker is intently focused on making reliable, safe family cars and who can fault them?
They've also said they were looking to bring more fun cars out. I have doubts as well; but, lean towards they may have something. And it could certainly be a concept that never makes it to production. Hope it gets a lot of attention if it's true and we see it soon.
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Old 09-29-2018, 01:32 PM   #4
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if it is a special car to replace the 22b, then let us see what you are thinking of Subaru, the boxer engine sitting low in the chassis would allow for better weight distribution.
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Old 09-29-2018, 09:04 PM   #5
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I like the sound of this. Here's hoping it's true and we see something in the near future.
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Old 09-29-2018, 11:28 PM   #6
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Its a hybrid drivetrain that makes sense for the boxer engine.

However, the 718 already exists so... My money will probably go elsewhere first before this happens.
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Old 10-01-2018, 01:30 PM   #7
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Still waiting for that Prodrive P2 to come into production. *lust*
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Old 10-01-2018, 03:20 PM   #8
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They should do a rear engine AWD layout sports car. Think backwards-facing STI underneath. Porsche: "Have fun with that " as they crank the volume on Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round
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Old 10-01-2018, 03:58 PM   #9
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Jalopnik is as pessimistic as most of us are I think the idea would be awesome if it was actually put into production, but I don't like the odds.

https://jalopnik.com/im-just-gonna-t...-hy-1829438390
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Old 10-01-2018, 04:05 PM   #10
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Still waiting for that Prodrive P2 to come into production. *lust*
I'm ok With a P3 also
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Old 10-01-2018, 04:05 PM   #11
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So Subaru makes Porsche that is much slower but at least cheaper?
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Old 10-01-2018, 05:08 PM   #12
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yeah, the plans are laying next to the 300 hp BRZ
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Old 10-01-2018, 05:11 PM   #13
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So Subaru makes Porsche that is much slower but at least cheaper?
???

What
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Old 10-01-2018, 06:20 PM   #14
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I'm okay with a Levorg also. Too bad it will never make it to production.
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Old 10-01-2018, 09:56 PM   #16
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In what universe did Levorg not make it to production? ***128578;
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I'm okay with a Levorg also. Too bad it will never make it to production.
You mean make it to the North American market.

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???

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He means the BRZ. Aka, the Poor Man's Porsche. About 2/3 the hp of a 718 Cayman for 1/2 the base price.
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You mean make it to the North American market.



He means the BRZ. Aka, the Poor Man's Porsche. About 2/3 the hp of a 718 Cayman for 1/2 the base price.
That's how I reads 'em.
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Old 10-04-2018, 10:40 PM   #19
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a subaru mr2? that would be awesome.
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So would a WRX wagon.
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Old 10-05-2018, 12:18 AM   #21
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Subaru will never build a mid engine car.
Mid e-motor maybe.
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Old 10-05-2018, 02:16 AM   #22
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So would a WRX wagon.
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So would a WRX wagon.
Be realistic. They donít have the budget for anything like that.
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The mid-engine Subaru rumors will, at the earliest, come to light in the same time frame it took Ford to slap IRS in the base Mustang, and Chevy to go mid-engine on the vette; so like, 50-70 years, give or take.
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Old 10-05-2018, 04:14 PM   #25
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Maybe a quarter after never...
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