Nowadays it’s tough to build a mid-engine sports car that’s reasonably priced.
The release of the Acura NSX had other Japanese automakers seeing shades of envy-green at the prospect of a mid-engine hybrid supercar. The car is likely to put Honda and Japan on the map as more of a well-rounded automaker in a country capable of making a supercar. The NSX takes the next logical step in supercar evolution, but how would other automakers respond? Only weeks ago, rumors emerged stating that Subaru had a mid-engine sports car in the works.
This was hugely exciting news because as exemplified by the BRZ and WRX STI, Subaru knows how to make fun cars that are relatively cheap and oriented towards drivers. If they could pull off a mid-engine sports car, it would be sure to go down in history alongside the old Acura NSX or Toyota MR2 (unlike these cars). But it seems now that the fantasy Subaru won’t happen. Speaking to Motoring, president of Subaru America Tom Doll said that he hasn’t heard anything about a mid-engine Porsche Boxster fighter in the works. This isn’t the best news we’ve heard, but given that a new Subaru WRX STI is planned for 2018 and the next generation of BRZ is slated to hit dealerships in 2019, we can let Subie off the hook for now.