More Toyobaru coupe rumours come to light

More Toyobaru coupe rumours come to light

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A “Toyota insider” has apparently spilled a few more beans to motoring website 7Tune about its upcoming front-engine, rear-wheel drive coupe the automaker is working on with Subaru, and according to the source, the 2+2 will carry a few of the Lexus LF-A’s design cues when it goes on sale next year.

Although Lexus’ latest styling language known as ‘L-Finesse’ has remained exclusive to Toyota’s luxury brand, certain elements have begun to filter down to the automaker’s mainstream models. The rendering pictured hints at some of the lines that could make the cut on the production version of the new model, but apparently the Toyota and Subaru versions won’t be remarkably different — only the front grille, headlamps and taillights will be unique.

The report goes on to say that Toyota is desperately trying to keep the price below the two million yen mark ($32,500 NZ) and Subaru is actively considering offering an STI version of the coupe.

So what caused this change in direction at Toyota? It could be the company’s new president Akio Toyoda who recently piloted the LF-A during the 24 Hours of Nürburgring he told a car magazine recently, “This sports culture, which we have neglected for so long, will again be maintained.”

Toyoda clearly wants to see the automaker back on the radar of enthusiasts and the first example of this new focus could be revealed at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

Toyobaru render fq

A “Toyota insider” has apparently spilled a few more beans to motoring website 7Tune about its upcoming front-engine, rear-wheel drive coupe the automaker is working on with Subaru, and according to the source, the 2+2 will carry a few of the Lexus LF-A’s design cues when it goes on sale next year.

Although Lexus’ latest styling language known as ‘L-Finesse’ has remained exclusive to Toyota’s luxury brand, certain elements have begun to filter down to the automaker’s mainstream models. The rendering pictured hints at some of the lines that could make the cut on the production version of the new model, but apparently the Toyota and Subaru versions won’t be remarkably different — only the front grille, headlamps and taillights will be unique.

The report goes on to say that Toyota is desperately trying to keep the price below the two million yen mark ($32,500 NZ) and Subaru is actively considering offering an STI version of the coupe.

So what caused this change in direction at Toyota? It could be the company’s new president Akio Toyoda who recently piloted the LF-A during the 24 Hours of Nürburgring he told a car magazine recently, “This sports culture, which we have neglected for so long, will again be maintained.”

Toyoda clearly wants to see the automaker back on the radar of enthusiasts and the first example of this new focus could be revealed at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

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