Your Car Spots: Subaru SVX – The Forgotten Jap

Subaru, a name that tends to be associated with the rally scene with the Subaru Legacy Turbo and the Impreza. So, if I told you that Subaru decided at one point to ignore their roots and produce a luxury/performance car you may be a little surprised.
The SVX was Subaru’s attempt to get into the performance car market, was designed and marketed by the Giorgetto Giugiaro of ItalDesign.  The most recent attempt by ItalDesign before it’s take over by VW was the Ford Mustang Giugiaro Concept seen below:

Striking in looks thanks to the Italian design, combined with American Muscle making it a must have Mustang.

Production numbers on the SVX neared the 30,000 mark,  and half of those went to the USA.  There were 1,624 sales within Europe (excluding Germany) during 1992 to 1997, so this makes this Subaru somewhat of a rare sight.

The unusual feature of this Japanese Stallion is the windows, specifically the window-within-a-window design. This was designed to aid aerodynamics and unobstructed visibility and to create a distinctive appearance.

Subaru SVX specification:

  • 3.3litre  24valve with dual overhead cams (DOHC) 6 cylinder (boxer)
  • 230bhp@5,400rpm
  • Torque: 288@4,400rpm
  • 0-60: 7.3 seconds
  • Weight: 3,580 pounds

Thanks to James Morris for sending in the image.


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