Subaru wants to build a mid-engine coupe. With 2 electric motors

Subaru has just announced its new platform, the SGP, and it is already toying with the possibilities this new architecture brings. We do not refer to Impreza or Legacy models, but to an entirely new one, possibly a BRZ substitute. It will be Subaru’s first mid-engine car, and possibly also hybrid, but in a Porsche 918 sense, not a Prius sense, if you know what we mean.

The new car will have two electric motors powering its front wheels and a 1.6 4-cylinder turbocharged boxer engine just behind the driver’s seat, powering the rear wheels. The prototype is already running at the Tochigi proving grounds of Subaru as a BRZ mule, according to RedSeaSummit, which has also created the image above. The car is still 2 years away from its first public presentation, when Subaru will evaluate if the car can be a hit or just an idea that should be abandoned or postponed.

If Subaru really decides to put this car to public scrutiny, there is no doubt it will be acclaimed. What is left for the company to figure out is if this image car will be profitable or not. Because, as an image car, one that drives people to dealers and make boys dream of getting a driver’s license as soon as possible, it will surely be a hit.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.