Modern Classics: Subaru SVX –

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May 7, 2008

1991 Subaru SVX; courtesy Subaru Canada. image to enlarge

Review and by Jeff Burry


In 1992 Subaru introduced a new that surprised both the and industry watchers alike. The SVX, with its dramatic styling, and low stance, represented a plucky by the company to enter the exclusive market.

1991 Subaru SVX; courtesy Subaru Canada. image to enlarge.

Those who remember the car likely do so for its #8220;window in window#8221; design Take a look at the picture and see that the driver and passenger glass had a small #8220;window#8221; within it #8211; a kind of This design feature was with the goal of good unobstructed visibility and distinctive

It was certainly a talking point.

The SVX was between 1992 and 1997, a total of approximately 25,000 sold worldwide. Canada saw 1,000 cars, while the received about ten times amount. The retail price, $28,000 and $35,000, was not inexpensive by today#8217;s standards, and priced above other Subaru on the market.

Subaru SVX.

The sole powerplant was a 230-horsepower, horizontally-opposed 3.3-litre quad-cam engine. This #8220;flat-six#8221; was powerful and advanced for the 90#8242;s, and was matched to a full-time drive system. All-wheel was available throughout the SVX#8217;s run.

In 1994, a front-wheel system was offered on the new lower-priced L and LS of the SVX. For 1995, only the L offered the front-wheel drive

Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h was a claimed 7.6 seconds, but contemporary typically couldn#8217;t match Times in the eight and nine-second were usually achieved, the laudably smooth engine its 230 hp at 5,400 rpm. Nonetheless, for its weight #8212; nearly pounds #8212; acceleration was satisfying.

The top speed of the 1992/1993 SVX is 248 while the later models only attain speeds of 230 thanks to the addition of an electronic Gas mileage was respectable given the of the car. The SVX averaged in the city L/100 km while highway netted 9.4 L/100 km.

1994 Subaru SVX; photo Subaru Canada. Click to enlarge.

Subaru claimed seating, but the rear seats sufficient head room for average-sized adults. Even if one to place taller adults in the leg room was less than Accessing parking machines or booths also presented with the #8220;window in window#8221; feature somewhat trumping

While all SVXs came automatic transmissions, many today have retrofitted the SVX manual transmissions. Almost all Subaru manual transmissions can be to the SVX, with the most ones being five and six from the Impreza WRX and STi models.

Subaru SVX; photo courtesy Canada. Click image to

It#8217;s interesting that is said to have lost on every SVX sold, for a total of $75 million! Apparently it was considered an price to pay for Subaru to be considered as a in the performance/luxury car class. Unfortunately for the early to mid-nineties was also the era of the Nissan 300ZX Turbo, and a of very hot Toyota Supras proved very competitive.

As they say on the showroom floor, the SVX has lots of #8220;eyeball#8221; and #8220;curb A nicely restored example can turn heads, and most can#8217;t believe it is a Subaru, as they couldn#8217;t when the car was

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