The above video just shows that 25 five years later the VERY modest FWD Mitsubishi Colt CZT 1.5 16V TURBO (2005 - 2008) with all of the nannies turned ON beats, performance wise, the 'almighty' 80s kings of the road...
Surprised?! You shouldn't... yes, it doesn't have the others power with only 150 hp @ 6000 rpm BUT it had the necessary torque 155 lb-ft (210 Nm) @ 3500 rpm which is higher than the Toyobaru's engine torque, also it weighted 220 lbs or 100 kg less (2304 lbs or 1045 kg).
So, nothing fancy there... just low weight and high torque right from the low end, all that is necessary in a road car, perfomance wise:
ACCELERATION 0-62 MPH (0-100 KPH): 8 s
For a FWD car with only 5 speed manual gear box that's VERY good (a 6-speed gear box would normally mean shorter and closer gear ratios for even better acceleration) and that from just 1.5L multipoint port injection engine.
FUEL CONSUMPTION COMBINED: 34.6 mpg OR 6.8 L/100Km
What I'm asking here is a 1.6L D4-S TURBO 'torquey' boxer engine for the Toyobaru. How difficult is that?!
We already know that with the Toyobaru we have the BEST of the 80s FUN factor but we need to clearly outperform the Mitsubishi Colts of the 21st century... that's what technology is for!!!
Please, please... make it perfect!