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Future Cars: Could Subaru Grow a Pair and Develop a 911-Rivalling Supercar?


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In the world of questions that should never be asked, some things are better left unexplored. For example why do the Kardashians exist? Is it ok to deep-fry footwear and how many Hamsters do you need to fill a Kia’s fuel tank? Things we don’t care about aside; there is one question I’ve always pondered - should Subaru make an all-out Supercar?

Forget the BRZ Coupe, rally-bred WRX STI and long lost SVX; I’m talking about a competitor that can square up against the likes of Nissan’s GT-R and Porsche’s 911 Turbo S.

With that in mind and Toyota’s development of the FT-1 Supercar Concept, I've decided to delve deeper into the possibility of an hero car loosely based on Toyota’s upcoming, modern-day Supra replacement.

Firstly, let's start with the design; the donor FT-1 has stunning organic and curvaceous surfacing. Where the Subaru differs, is in its own design language. As with my rendered example, the styling is more geometric, angular and upright. For a strong point of difference, the rear takes on a shooting-break aesthetic with an upwards-wrapping C-pillar that incorporates inlet scoops within the rear quarter windows.

The front carries Subaru’s universally used trapezoidal front grille, flanked by horizontal intakes and a race car-inspired front splitter. Large side inlets intersect aggressively against the doors, with crease-work that runs along the sills then shoots upwards to create a visual link with the A-pillars.

Within the cabin should be an environment devoid of any current Subaru design traits; instead utilising more expressive styling, quality materials and exotic finishes cosseting a 2+2 layout.

Underneath the angular aesthetic cloak, would lay front engined, all-wheel drive fundamentals - albeit with a hybrid boxer twist. Electric motors sending power to front and rear axles, coupled to a turbocharged 3.6-liter flat six, could yield supercar performance with a distinctive soundtrack.

While the traditionalist within me would wish for a manual transmission, the logical approach for such a maniacal vehicle would utilise a quick-shifting 8 or 9-speed dual-clutch unit. Sorry rubber band lovers - no CVT’s allowed in this segment.

Subaru’s offering would need to carve up corners like a laser-guided weapon; rivals such as Porsche’s 911 Turbo S and McLaren MP4-12C, are considered some of the best handling exotics out there. Add other great alternatives to the mix like Mercedes-Benz’s AMG GT, Jaguar F-Type R and 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06; then suddenly one realises the daunting task Subaru would face.

Unfortunately, it’s at this point where reality sets back in; does Subaru have the capital, R&D and willingness from a potential partner like Toyota to make it happen? Odds are… well probably not. Although never say never and who knows - Fuji Heavy Industries may just one day surprise us.

Feasibility issues aside, would you like to see Subaru develop a 911-basher?

Share your views in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

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Future Cars: Hyundai’s All-New 2016 Elantra Compact Sedan


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Compact sedans don’t usually stir the soul for us motoring-minded enthusiasts out there, as buyers of models like the Toyota Corolla, tend to tick boxes labeled ‘economy, price, a-to-b transport and follow the sheep’.

Future Cars: Propelling Lincoln the Right Way with Mustang-Based Coupe


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Fans of the Lincoln Motor Company have had little to rejoice over in recent years; however, slowly but surely, the brand is making good on its promise to reinvent itself. Attractively styled CUVs and mid-sized sedans have helped lure back buyers into the blue oval’s luxury division.

Future Cars: Chevrolet Amped For Next Generation 2016 Volt


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Hyper-milers rejoice! Do you love coasting from stoplight to stoplight, driving sedately as possible and racking up vast mileages between refueling?

Future Cars: Alfa Romeo’s Next GTV Coupe Takes on the Italian Job


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Alfa Romeo is a special breed to many car enthusiasts; automotive objects of desire with Italian flare and great driving attributes.

Future Cars: Audi Sharpens its Scalpel for New Q7 SUV


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When the name Audi is mentioned, usually images of the carmaker’s legendary Quattro and RS models come to mind. Rarely will a fleeting thought go towards envisioning any SUV variant; however, for some, a large luxury SUV will tick all the appropriate boxes.

Future Cars: Kia’s Next Sorento SUV Bulks Up for the School Run


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In the land of sport utility vehicles, the segment is generally associated with soccer moms piloting their trucks for the school run, grocery-grabbing and visiting that pool-cleaner guy who lives eight blocks away. Car enthusiasts like myself usually detest these lumbering people haulers, yet I do appreciate the versatility that they exude.

Future Cars: Nissan's Next Z Coupe Takes On An Illustrated Diet


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Nissan’s renowned ‘Z’ line of sports coupes have always gained vast respect amongst many car enthusiasts; two doors, V6 performance and rear wheel drive - all ingredients for an fun drive. Nonetheless, successive generations of ‘Z’ have tended to be a bit of a hit and miss, so why?

Future Cars: 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Hits The Redline


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There are two legendary names that come to mind in American automotive history; one of them is Mustang and the other is Shelby. Since 1965, Carroll Shelby worked magic into Ford’s pony car offerings - creating fire breathing, hi-performance versions and amassing legions of fans in the process.

Future Cars: Crystal Ball-Gazing Porsche’s Next 928


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When you think of Porsche, images of its racing heritage, the Carrera GT and the iconic 911 usually come to mind - and of course some will think ‘glorified beetle’ as well.

One of the German manufacturer’s more forgotten models is the Porsche 928 - a response to dwindling 911 sales back in the late 1970’s. It was a car that never quite emerged out of the 911’s shadow, even though it did survive an eighteen-year production cycle.

Future Cars: Toyota’s 2015 Hilux Compact Pickup Emerges Into The Global Arena


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In the world of Pickup Trucks, the segment is generally associated with hard-working drivers, utilising their trucks for all manner of uses. Of course, the three rigs that usually come to mind (at least in America) are the F-150, Ram and Silverado.

Future Cars: Chevrolet's 2016 Camaro Coupe


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Chevrolet’s legendary Camaro is an affordable muscle car that captures the attention of many car enthusiasts, me included; its brawny styling and powerful engines make it a tough combo to beat for its closest archrivals - the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger.

Future Cars: Jaguar Goes BMW 3-Series Hunting with New XE Saloon


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When Jaguar launched the original X-Type back in 2001, industry punters denounced it as just a tarted-up Ford Mondeo wearing ‘shrunken’ Jaguar XJ clothing. Fact is, even though it wasn’t a bad drive (handling benefited from Ford’s underpinnings), it just missed the mark in an segment dominated by BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

Future Cars: Visually Musing Hyundai’s Next Genesis Coupe


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Down at the pub, any conversation over performance coupes usually ensues with banter about the Camaro topping than Mustang, the Challenger besting the Camaro or the Mustang being better at something. Pipe up and mention anything about the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, and you’ll be met with blank stares, beer bottles and a cacophony of laughter.

U Design: 2016 Audi R8 Coupe Could End Up Looking Like This


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Armed with a host of spy shots, plenty of recent Audi concepts previewing the brand's styling direction and above all, the knowledge that Ingolstadt has no intention of abandoning a well-received formula, Carscoops reader and aspiring digital artist Damian Sebastian pulled out his PS guns and crafted his vision of the next generation R8 coupe.

Future Cars: Mitsubishi’s Next Hot Lancer XI EVO-lves into Hybrid Territory


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Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution is what you would consider as an affordable, all-wheel-drive, four-door rally car with a slingshot demeanor. Today, it’s arguably still a poster child for many youths and enthusiasts who identify with the Fast & Furious scene.

Opinion: The Scourge of Generic Automotive Design and the New 2015 Subaru Legacy


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[Pictured above is our Future Car rendering of a sportier-themed 2015 Subaru Legacy GT-B]

In a world where the consumer is bombarded by product after product, manufacturers and marketing gurus strive to make their products stand out much as possible. If it’s a wallflower, then the chances are that it will be left off the buyer’s radar.

Future Cars: Revitalizing Mazda’s Next-Gen 2016 MX-5 Roadster


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Mazda’s long serving MX-5 Miata is what you would call a true, pure drivers car; an affordable rear-drive, front-engined roadster with a fun value dialed to max. It’s still one of the bestselling roadsters on the market today and retains a strong, loyal following.

Future Cars: Nissan’s New 2015 Murano CUV Struts Its Curves


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Ever since Nissan’s reveal of the Murano mid-size crossover back in back in 2002, I’ve wondered how well its sleek, contemporary lines would age down the track. The answer to that is arguably, pretty damn good. Sure, some may lament it as a bulbous basket-case, however compared to its boxy competition, it was a breath of fresh air in a macho-image segment.

Future Cars: Gotham’s Next Secret Weapon, a Corvette Stingray Based Batmobile


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When it comes to movies, the most memorable aspects are ones that capture the audience’s attention and imagination. Usually characters play the biggest part in achieving this; however, the stunts, locations and props can leave a lasting impression too.

For the petrol-head amongst us, this is no more evident than the use of the motor car. From Steve McQueen’s Bullitt, to the likes of Gone In 60 Seconds, 007, The Italian Job and the more recent Fast & Furious franchise films - automobiles on the big screen are something we aspire to associate with.