Report – Subaru mulling development of mid-engined sports car image

Toyota and Subaru have a fruitful collaboration (among others) for the BRZ and GT 86 models, but apparently there’s an enticing new report that hints the smaller Japanese automaker will up the ante with a new mid-engined sports vehicle.

The report comes courtesy of an insider, which as always declined to reveal his identity because of course such matters are not public yet, with Subaru currently testing a mid-engine prototype at the Tochigi proving grounds in Japan. Aside from that spicy reveal little other details are known about the model but the publication responsible for the report claim the prototype has been developed starting from the BRZ and packs a mid-mounted turbocharged boxer engine and two electric motors. The internal combustion engine is responsible for powering the rear wheels and the electric motors take charge of the front axle. This will grant the much needed four wheel drive in an advanced mode with an easy to control torque vectoring function when talking about the front wheels that should translate into impressive handling specifications.

There’s a mystery if indeed Subaru is contemplating the production version of such a model but we are tipped that brand would at least deliver a dynamic concept stemming from this prototype in around two years. It will then be used by the company to asses public interest before deciding whether to greenlight such a model. If all goes according to plan the model would most likely be underpinned by the new Subaru Global Platform that has been revealed earlier this week. Total combined output should stand at approximately 330 horsepower.