Subaru is still playing coy with the automotive world as it just revealed what's around and inside its next-generation sports car.
The Boxer Sports Car Architecture, built around Subaru's horizontally-opposed engine's core technology, was unveiled at the ongoing Geneva International Motor Show. The new platform was developed with fellow Japanese carmaker Toyota to "extract the maximum performance potential required of the rear-wheel-drive sports car."
According to Subaru, the combination of the Boxer Sports Car Architecture's flat-six boxer engine and the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout will deliver a new level of driving excitement.
Because of its compact and rigid engine design, the Subaru boxer powerplant can be constructed out of aluminum to make it a much lighter power unit. Compared to other Subaru all-wheel-drive models, the new sports car's engine sits even lower and further back towards the middle of the chassis. Subaru said this results in a more natural feel when cornering that, combined with the short front overhang and even shorter rear overhang, provides a higher level of stability and control, and the handling performance of a pure sports car.
With Subaru's expertise in boxer engine performance fused with Toyota's experience in rear-wheel-drive technology, the car is bound to become the only front-engine rear-wheel drive mass-produced sports car in the world powered by a horizontally-opposed engine.
Subaru rear-wheel-drive sports car is expected to go into production sometime next year.