There were a few raised eyebrows when the news was announced on Tuesday that Subaru was coming to the British Touring Car Championship in 2016.
Bosses at Team BMR, which is building and operating the Levorg machines, had kept their lips sealed very effectively. And even those people that did guess correctly would not have envisaged an estate version of the car.
The first hints that something was afoot came at the annual teams' meeting, which takes place at the end of every season. A technical amendment, which required a majority approval, was put to the squads at the end of 2015. It asked to allow any car that is fitted with four-wheel-drive as standard to switch to two-wheel-drive configuration on the racetrack.