First Sketch Of The Rear-Wheel Drive Subaru Impreza Coupe?

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Ever since Toyota started riding Subaru, we'd heard the rumors. Supposedly, that sketch right there — turns the rumors to truth. That's right, we're told that there is Subaru's upcoming rear-wheel drive coupe currently in co-development with the boys at Toyota. The story goes that this "concept drawing" was revealed to Autocar, the UK car mag, by a source with some very good contacts. Apparently the source got it via a one-armed courier who'd received the sketch from a carrier pigeon. The carrier pigeon in turn had copied it with a charcoal pencil in his beak off a tattoo on the right rear hindquarter of a guy who knows a guy who's married to a gal who's an insider at Subaru. This is, of course, only a sketch of the Subie version of the coupe. Toyota will also apparently have...

Advertisement as well, although the Toyota one will "look different." The magazine's also hearing both will still get Subie's 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engines in both naturally aspirated and turbo flavors. Now here's the fun part — we're also told Subie's version of the RWD Impreza Coupe will be signed off on in July with production set to start sometime in 2010. If that's the case, how the hell can this be a sketch of the final design? Just askin' the question, you know. [Autocar via CarScoop]

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Rob Emslie

@weatherman: Agreed. Why would a company known for selling nothing but all wheel drive sell a rear-driver? I would guess that, should Subie be planning a sporty coupe, it would be based on the Legacy/Outback platform, and turning it up side down, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.