7Tune has got a hold of the latest Best Car magazine and the Japanese magazine has some juicy details on the upcoming spiritual successor to the iconic Toyota AE86, set to be positioned as a very fun car on a budget and one of the few new “soulful” cars that come from the Japanese marque.
Best Car reports that test mules have been spotted being tested and sources have informed that these mules are built on a shortened Subaru Legacy chassis. This is only temporary apparently – subsequent test mules and the final product will use a shortened version of the latest Subaru Impreza chassis. This chassis is built for all-wheel drive so it should be easily adapted to rear wheel drive.
The test mule uses the normally aspirated 2.0 litre boxer engine from the Impreza and has had it’s all-wheel drive drivetrain’s front driveshafts removed to convert it to rear wheel drive. The final product is expected to use Subaru’s 1.5 litre boxer engine, a DOHC motor which puts out 110 horsepower at 6,400rpm and 143Nm of torque at 3,200rpm. This is supposed to push along a car that weighs 1,100kg. Won’t exactly be scorching but enough to feel zippy.
Possible revival of the Toyota AE86 in 2010