Although visual details of its upcoming performance coupe remained secret, Subaru did present a literally transparent look at the Boxer Sports Car Architecture that will underpin the vehicle it's currently co-developing with Toyota. Although the front-engine/rear-drive configuration -- which will be shared with Toyota's FT-86 model that did appear at the show in its latest Gen II Concept form -- represents a departure from anything in the automaker's current model lineup, it does share the same configuration as the 1954 Subaru P-1 Prototype sedan, a vehicle that never did enter production.
Subaru promises its new sport coupe will deliver an unprecedented level of driving excitement, much of it keyed around the firm's horizontally opposed four-cylinder "Boxer" engine which will also be used in its Toyota counterpart. In addition to being smaller, lighter and even more fuel efficient than its predecessor, this 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine will be positioned lower and further back in the chassis than the engine on any of Subaru's AWD offerings, a distinction that lowers the car's center of gravity and improves its overall balance. To round out the package, Subie's new coupe will be fitted with an enthusiast-grade suspension and appropriately tweaked stability/traction control systems. Sales of this new Subaru are set to start sometime during the first half of 2012.