Car Lust: Subaru XT

23 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Car Lust: Subaru XT


Subaru XT

After skipping I was going to try to reward Car Lust’s few but readers for this week’s (AMC Eagle. Honda ?) by presenting a lovingly crafted on the Lotus Esprit S1. However, a few minutes of writer’s block, I I didn’t have the superlatives in me to laud its inspired design.

So, here’s the Subaru XT. It’s as as a Lotus Esprit S1, only the superlatives.

Actually, if you cross your a little, the XT’s spec made it look a lot like like its famous grandchild, the WRX. It started off with a compact, extremely aerodynamic all-wheel-drive, and a turbocharged four-cylinder The Subaru XT6 replaced the turbo with a horizontally opposed (or six–a configuration that, as breathlessly reminded us in XT6 ads, is the as that used in the Porsche

Combined with its wildly lines, reminiscent of the exotics of the those advanced specifications the XT a budget supercar, right? no. The XT was sporty only in relation to other, more agricultural, offerings, and is a crude, slow compared its more competent Subaru successors, the SVX and WRX.

I like the XT, though, precisely it’s such an oddball. as if somebody mixed together an Esprit with a dollop of Japanese techno-geekery and mixed in design ethic. Its look is otherworldy both inside and

I love the flying-wedge look; its Japanese detailing is oddly of the original Battlestar Galactica . On the its uber-digital dashboard and bizarrely steering wheel give it the of The Last Starfighter . The video walks you through the dashboard, was a knockout at the time.

Performance-wise, the XT was underpowered and an average The XT turbo could muster 110 horsepower; the XT6 upped the ante to 145 but even that was only for a 0-60 time in the 9-second average in its class. Still, it wasn’t fast, the XT combined all the goodness of 1980s Subarus some weirdly compelling

At the time, Subaru was one of the automotive eccentric genius, smart to be ahead of the curve on all-wheel but yet still free-spirited enough to up with a strange flight of like the XT. Today’s fast Subaru Legacys and Foresters the XT designation. That’s probably but I’d like to think a tip of the cap to Subaru’s first sports

If you’ve ever wanted to put a Subaru paper model–and who wish has now been answered .

–Chris H.

P.S. By the way, Our Week starts Monday. had so many good responses I may end my posts about my own cars at the end of week but continue the reader for another week or so.

As long as you sending me good posts, keep posting them!

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