Further speculation abounds on what could be an AE86 successor. The Asahi Shumbun reported today that Toyota and Subaru are considering a jointly developed entry level sports car. Since all of Toyota’s small platforms are front-wheel-drive, it was unknown what powertrain the rumored rear-wheel-drive hachiroku descendant would have used. Now, the latest word is that the car won’t use a Toyota-based drivetrain at all, but Subaru’s flat four and possibly its all-wheel-drive system as well.
Toyota acquired 8.7 percent of Subaru in October 2005 when General Motors relinquished its 20 percent stake, a partnership that yielded just one very Asian-looking Saab.
The Subayota is expected to go on sale in 2010.