So, start with bad news. Nothing breaking, but still new to me.
As you may or may not know, the current gen (not the upcoming 2010 model, although they still might suffer from this issue) Ford Mustang uses a live axel rear end, which is a solid axel instead of independent rear suspension that EVERYTHING uses anymore, except trucks. But I don’t plan on towing with a mustang.
Well it has come out that the solid axel option was discussed, but dropped in favor of saving $100 per car.
Phil Martens convinced Bill Ford Jr. that they could save $100 per car if they dropped the IRS and went with the solid axle. For all of you non drag-racing types that wish the Mustang had an independently suspended rear, this news probably makes you sick to the stomach.
But wait… there’s more! MacKenzie’s sources say that the cost of sorting out the current Mustang’s suspension actually cost $98 more per car than the IRS that could have gone in the car. Like Angus, we love the current Mustang but have to wonder if it could have been that much better.
Oh, so they broke even really, but you get technology from a chariot. Kudos Ford. Good thing you sold off all of those extra brands, you’re going to need the cash to stay afloat.
Now for the good news!
The joint project between Toyota and Subaru for the front-engine/rear-drive 2-door that will reincarnate the spirit of the 1983–1987 Corolla Levin/Trueno (AE86) is still alive!
Check the specs:
Powering the future coupe will be Subaru’s 2.0-liter flat-4 equipped with a new direct-injection system, tuned to produce an impressive 200 bhp and 145 lb.-ft. of torque. We predict the car will weigh about 2700 lb., so expect fairly quick acceleration times, probably around 6.0 sec. to 60 mph. The suspension will consist of MacPherson struts up front and a multilink setup at the rear, with the chassis based on that of the Subaru Impreza and Legacy.
The car should come in around $20-25K to compete with the likes of the Hyundai Genesis coupe. The car should be available through both Toyota and Subaru and will probably share very similar bodies with minor badging and possibly bumper changes. Maybe like the Saturn Sky and the Pontiac Solstice? Or not so different like the Toyota Matrix and the Pontiac Vibe? Hopefully the former.
Now I’m not huge on the rendering of how it might looks, but take what you can get I supposed. It is an exciting prospect to finally have some new sport coupes coming to the US.
via road and track