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Lost Cars of the 1980s Subaru XT

Subaru XT Turbo. All courtesy of Subaru of America.

By the 1980s, Japanese automaker had established a reputation for building and practical cars that plow through (nearly) the weather that Mother could dish out. in states where winter was a accepted fact of life of course, for the upper Midwest, American cars still two things that Subaru known for were style and technology. The car that was to change for the Japanese automaker, the Subaru XT, in the U.S. market in February of

Its wedge-shaped styling was instantly but the XT boasted a drag coefficient of 0.29, making it the most production car in the world at the time. on reaching this goal, its incorporated an integrated front air a high rear deck; door handles, A-pillars and moldings; rear wheel air a hidden (single) wiper pop-up headlights; and a low hood made possible by the use of Subaru#8217;s flat-four engine. Though its was #8220;designed to evoke the image of the shape of a hawk or eagle,#8221; consumers agreed on one fact: The XT looked like nothing on the road.

The XT emphasized technology Its 1.8-liter flat-four #8220;boxer#8221; received multi-point fuel and computerized control of engine and transmission, something of a rarity in Buyers could opt for a five-speed transmission (which further a #8220;Hill-Holder#8221; feature to prevent on steep grades) or a three-speed and like many Subaru of the day, the XT came in both drive and four-wheel drive.

Those wanting more could also opt for a turbocharged of the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, raised output from 94 in normally-aspirated versions to 110 horsepower in variants.

All XT Turbo models with four-wheel disc (as opposed to discs and drums on DL and GL models) and push-button four-wheel and all swapped the base models#8217; springs and struts for a self-leveling suspension. This gave the the further benefit of an adjustable height, which increased clearance to an impressive 6.7 inches needed. Even on stock the XT delivered better than handling for the day, and Subaru the XT Turbo would deliver acceleration of 0.81G.

Though the XT tipped the scales at 2,280 pounds in front-wheel and a mere 2,660 pounds in drive, the 1.8-liter engine deliver enough thrust to enthusiasts entertained, even in guise. For the 1988 model Subaru embraced the #8220;there#8217;s no for displacement#8221; philosophy, launching its horizontally opposed six-cylinder in the XT6 and discontinuing XT Turbo models. The new 2.7-liter engine made 145 and 156-lbs.ft. of torque, and Subaru enhanced XT6 models with a suspension (though four-wheel-drive XT6 still retained the pneumatic five-bolt hubs and #8220;Cybrid#8221; electrohydraulic steering.

Though the Cybrid system delivered exceptional steering it also used a hydraulic that was incompatible with power steering (or automatic fluids. It was a complex system integrated optical sensors, control units, an electric and hydraulic rams to precisely steering, and opinions are mixed on the reliability. The same can be said for the pneumatic suspension, and a conversion to the XT6#8242;s conventional strut and setup is a popular upgrade for drive XT6 models still in

The interior of the Subaru XT was designed to out, as well. The steering featured an asymmetrical design a single wide vertical and a narrow horizontal spoke, and the column was adjustable for both and reach.

To ensure that the didn#8217;t block the driver#8217;s of the gauges, the instrument cluster up and down with the steering and the design of the instrument cluster was to be influenced by Subaru#8217;s experience aircraft design. As with other cars of the mid-1980s, a dashboard was an available option,

Subaru sold the XT through the model year, though few reportedly built in 1990 due to supplies of existing inventory). As a car, sales of the XT were never quite reaching units globally over the lifespan. Most of these XT were sold outside of home market, as sales Japan (where the car was called the named for the Pleiades#8217; brightest totaled less than 10 of total sales.

While the XT may not have been a commercial success for Subaru, it did that the Japanese automaker was of building more than disposable econoboxes, and it paved the way for to launch its innovative SVX grand coupe in 1991.

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