A BRZ-based mid-engined sports car for Subaru… Or mistaken identity?
Despite rumours Subaru is working on a mid-engined sports car, an insider has told Practical Motoring it’s just next-generation BRZ development work going on.
THE INTERNET IS abuzz with rumours that Subaru is developing a possibly mid-engined, possibly electric, possibly hybrid, possibly something else sports car after the Japanese car maker was seen testing a ‘modified’ BRZ.
Depending on what you read, this new sports car which could end up being an SUV. The “modified BRZ” is supposedly carrying Subaru’s new global platform which was revealed last week and will get its first production outing in the all-new Impreza which will be revealed at the New York Motor Show later this month.
Mated to this new platform, allegedly, is a reverse version of the drivetrain shown on the Subaru Viziv concept with a turbo petrol engine driving the rear wheels and two electric motors driving the front wheels, effectively making it an all-wheel drive.
The same articles suggesting the modified BRZ is a new, possibly mid-engined WRX-replacing halo sports car for Subaru, Practical Motoring’s well-placed insider said: “First I’ve heard of it”. “The reports are more likely referring to sightings of the next-generation BRZ development car.”
So, the modified BRZ many media outlets are speculating on might simply be a development mule for next-generation Subaru drivetrains but have nothing to do with the BRZ as such, or as our insider suggests, the development of the next-generation BRZ (Toyota 86).
So, what do you think, have some outlets added 2+2 and come up with 5? And, if Subaru was to build a petrol-electric sports car, would you buy it? Let us know in the comments section.