Tim O’Grady dropped us a line to et us know that FT86Club.com posted the first video of the Toyota/Subaru 086A test mule at the Nürburgring. Thanks Tim!
Having watched the video a number of times I had to remind myself that this is just a test car and not to draw too many conclusions from it. It’s pretty hard to hear the engine note over the tire squealing, but towards the end of the video when the 086A leaves the circuit it definitely sounds like a naturally aspirated boxer four. It moved reasonably well around the few corners we could see of the Nürburgring and seems as though it packs every one of those 200 horses the car is rumored to have. We’re eagerly waiting to see the next time it hits the circuit, hopefully in a more production-like body shell rather than the slapped together Impreza parts bin exterior it has now.
There’s also a high resolution image of the 086A’s interior, but at this point it’s as haphazardly slapped together as the outside unfortunately so there’s nothing really to be taken from it other than the fact that it’s left hand drive. (Hence the large yellow “L” on the back window?)
Words: Justin Karow