Geneva Motor Show preview: Subaru's rear-wheel-drive Sports Car Technology concept

Goodbye, all-wheel drivetrains?
Jan 19, 2011

As sacrilegious as it may seem, Subaru will be unveiling its rear-wheel drive Sports Car Technology Concept at the Geneva International Motor Show in March.

The brand that made its name in producing World Rally Championship-winning all-wheel drive vehicles has decided to go the rear-wheel drive route with the sports car it is jointly developing with Toyota Motor.

Despite the change in drivetrain, the Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept will still retain the Japanese carmaker's renowned horizontally-opposed Boxer engine.

According to Subaru, the concept car not only embodies its expertise in manufacturing Boxer engine-powered passenger cars, it will demonstrate how Subaru will integrate its established know-how into creating a rear-wheel drive vehicle that will offer the same kind of driving experience the brand has always been known for.

"The technology concept will demonstrate how the all-new car platform makes full use of Subaru’s engineering and Boxer technology," Subaru said in its statement.

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The last time Subaru produced a real-wheel drive car was in 1981 with the first-generation Subaru Rex microcar. Do you think a rear-wheel drive Subaru will work or should the brand stick to its guns and continue being an all-wheel drive Boxer engine-powered carmaker?

While we wait for official photos of Subaru's rear-wheel drive sports car, why don't you check out photos of the Impreza concept below, which will also be exhibited by Subaru in Geneva? The Impreza concept was unveiled at the LA Auto Show in November 2010.

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