A spicy new rumor suggests Subaru is developing a new mid-engine sports car. According to an insider who spoke to Car & Driver, Subaru is testing a mid-engine prototype at the Tochigi proving grounds in Japan. Little is known about the model but the magazine is reporting the prototype is based on a modified BRZ and features a mid-mounted turbocharged boxer engine and two electric motors. The engine drives the rear wheels, while the electric motors power the ones up front. This setup gives the car an advanced four-wheel drive system with a torque vectoring function that should provide impressive handling capabilities.

A spicy new rumor suggests Subaru is developing a new mid-engine sports car.

According to an insider who spoke to Car & Driver, Subaru is testing a mid-engine prototype at the Tochigi proving grounds in Japan.  Little is known about the model but the magazine is reporting the prototype is based on a modified BRZ and features a mid-mounted turbocharged boxer engine and two electric motors. 

The engine drives the rear wheels, while the electric motors power the ones up front.  This setup gives the car an advanced four-wheel-drive system with a torque vectoring function that should provide impressive handling characteristics.

It remains unclear if Subaru if seriously considering a production variant but the company will reportedly introduce a sporty concept inspired by the prototype in approximately two years. The company will then gauge consumer interest before deciding to green-light the model.

If the model is approved for production, it will likely ride on the new Subaru Global Platform that was introduced earlier this week. Car & Driver goes on to say the model will likely be equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and have a combined output of approximately 330 horsepower.

Source: Car & Driver

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