Report – Subaru officially denies rumors of developing advanced mid-engined sports car image

The Japanese automaker has recently introduced during the New York International Auto Show a new generation of the Impreza together with an all new Global Platform.

But the good news appear to cease here – as the company has officially refuted the very juicy report that called upon the brand’s expertise for the development of an all new mid-engined sports car. The reports from earlier this month called out a source from inside the company saying something about a new mid-engine layout for a sports car that is actually already in testing in Japan at the Tochigi proving grounds. The car was rumored to be a reworked BRZ with a mid-mounted turbocharged boxer engine sending the power to the rear wheels and dual electric motors taking care of front axle traction.

But it appears the insider should not be trusted anymore as Subaru of America president and COO Tom Doll has commented during a media gathering on the sidelines of the New York International Auto Show that he has no idea such a project is indeed in development. On the flip side he did confirm second-generation BRZ and also new 2017 Impreza WRX and STI versions are in the work for launches next year or in 2018. It also appears the models will stick to a conventional powertrain setup as the rumors of a hybrid setup for the high-performance models remain still unconfirmed.


  • tor2

    Without a hybrid, awd cars like the Subarus are dead in most European markets. License a conventional hybrid drivetrain from Toyota (Toyota is a shareholder in the company making Subaru) and make a hybrid vx.