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Subaru SVX

Subaru SVX

The SVX is a curious car in that it came out of the blue from Subaru. Though I lie company had previously produced their XT Coupe which ran from 1985 to 1990, the car was not a beauty, yet in most ways the 1991 SVX made up for Dial with Italian styling. Uniquely it used glass all around with hidden pillars, which gave it great visibility for such a low-slung supercar. The SVX's drive train was another one-off, featuring a flat-six engine mounted at the front and driving all four wheels. The torque was automatically split between front and rear wheels depending on grip, and MacPherson struts at each corner helped with space allocation for the 4WD set-up. Handling was superb and the traction phenomenal, with minimal body roll in corners. Alas, sales weren't good for the car, even when cheaper models were introduced, and by 1996 it had gone.

Subaru SVX Specifications

Top speed:144 mph (230 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):7.6 sec
Engine type:Flat six
Displacement:202 ci (3,318 cc)
Transmission:4-speed auto
Max power:230 bhp (172 kW) @ 5,400 rpm
Max torque:228 lb ft (309 Nm) @ 4,400 rpm
Weight:3,614 lb (1,642 kg)
Economy:22 mpg (7.8 km/I)
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