More news on the Toyota/Subaru project that is being called the Toyota Lightweight Sports Car. Although initial (no pun intended) reports suggested that this would be a successor to the AE86, as more news/rumors (neumors?) emerge, it appears as if the new car might have little to do with the legendary hachiroku other than it’s FR layout and feathery mass.
According to Best Car, the new LSC will be built on a shortened Subaru Legacy platform, powered by a 1.5L engine, and sold for under ¥2,000,000 (or $17,280). Apparently, price is the limiting factor the engine size, which is the limiting factor for the weight. The target poundage is somewhere just under 2500lbs and the target date is set for late 2009 or early 2010. The target markets other than Japan that were mentioned, however, are Europe and China. Hopefully, that does not rule out the possibility of a US launch of this ever more certain budget dream car.