Subaru R1 FWD i-CVT Review Singapore – Oneshift.com

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Subaru R1

FWD i-CVT Review

The R1 is much more than a R2, it is really a bona-fide coup in

Subaru has always done differently, and this is obvious its tiny R1 hatchback. Firstly, it is not a version of the R2, but a genuine coupe it rides on a shorter wheelbase, has a profile, and all the body panels the A-pillars are unique. Which car company, except one that is dedicated to its craft, will go to effort of creating two such cars in the same 660cc

This same company a complete range of ‘boxer’ engines, and offers all-wheel on every single model of its from the tiniest 660cc to its largest 6-cylinder 7-seater

Subaru must be the most company in the world, but it is good to see it seems to have a fun and lighter as well, and this is where the R1 in. Styling-wise, it is probably the best-looking in the Subaru line-up. It has an egg-like, shape that commands out of proportion to its diminutive dimensions.

There is a flair and style in the sweeping yet compact lines make it more than an economical small car, but a striking and attractive coupé oozes charm and personality.

It is no that the man who styled the car, Zapatinas, Subaru’s head of used to work for Alfa and BMW. The R1’s styling, the upswept beltline, to the integration of the indicator and door handle the rubbing strip, and the pinched of the rear tail lamps, has all the of a pint-sized Italian car, something with an Alfa badge on its bonnet or boot Its no wonder the car has won the coveted G-mark award in Japan.

On the inside as well, the R1’s cabin is dramatic and stylish, not something one would expect a small Japanese car. on the ignition, and the instrument panel it impression of a Lexus dashboard at it is totally black, then the red glow, the warning lights on, and then the numbers appear. is a cheeky Subaru twist to light show however as the start their reddish they swing to maximum, as if in of a rev-happy drive ahead.

evidence of this indulgence in and classy detailing is the fully-integrated CD and and the subdued orange lighting of all the surfaces – here these are qualities that one in a considerably larger and more car, not a tiny little

And although the R1 is a more a 2+2 than a 4-seater, it has a cleverly convenient From the driver’s seat, one can down the back seat, and or slide the front passenger into a worktop surface, all in a of seconds. Incredibly, there is no for the driver to leave his seat to this 2+2 into a mono-posto

Thoughtful shaping of the front seat also gives the a non-slip, recessed tray for placing a laptop or other

How does this dashing coupé drive? Well it has a tiny 54bhp 658cc under its bonnet, quite actually. Unlike the Mitsubishi i, the R1 and closest rival, the Subaru without a turbocharger, but instead has and variable valve timing for all its 16

Also, the fact that the has 4-cylinders (yes, that’s 165cc per cylinder), it is inherently and quieter than any 3- or 2-cylinder

Another tool to maximize the output is the Continuously Variable (CVT). Subaru was an early of this belt-driven transmission, and it has CVT since the 1.0-litre Justy in the 80s. Getting the most out of transmission takes a little used to, but once one does how, the R1 can be surprisingly quick. The is to let the transmission do all the work all the driver to do is the floor the throttle!

The revs shoot up to between 3000 and and one waits for the needle to make its way up the speedometer. Before you know it, the first car off the line, and you’re past everyone else. The of CVT is that it maintains an engine’s rpm at a constant level, which it much more fuel than a conventional gearbox.

At highway speeds, the R1 does an job of maintaining revs at just With the combination of a small, engine and CVT, the R1 should outstanding fuel consumption.

the R1 an attractive coupé actually to gloss over certain positive aspects of the car. As a one can forgive the fact that the rear seats are tiny, and suitable for kids than That said, this road tester was able to fit the driver of similar height.

The car is also a bit noisy, not doubt the engine and transmission work hard, and are placed close to the compartment. On the other hand, racket could be interpreted as the car sound more sporty. The minor grouse is that the powered steering is a trifle but this certainly makes it to handle around town.

So if you coupé by definition means a low and sleek car, think Subaru challenges this with the R1 that has all the dashing and suave, attention-grabbing ability as a coupé, but in a totally different Like any coupé, the R1 doesn’t sense – but neither falling in love, but life mean so much less if we

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