A brochure about the SVX concept prototype, shown at the 28th Tokyo Motor Show in 1989 suggests the positioning of the SVX: “The new Subaru SVX™ combines two seemingly contradictory elements – comfort and performance. While a well-balanced sports car appeals to the driver in everyone, most people don’t want to sacrifice comfort and luxury. The Subaru SVX actually creates a new passenger car niche – the balanced luxury performance coupe.
“This sleek new Subaru is powered by a strong 3.3-liter opposed six-cylinder engine coupled to a high-traction all-wheel-drive system. The SVX delivers outstanding performance and driving control balanced with a high level of luxury and comfort.” – Isamu Kawai, President, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI)
Styled by famed Italian designer Georgetto Giugiaro, the SVX was equipped with a considerable amount of contemporary automotive technology. Among the available features were:
- A new 3.3-liter, DOHC, 4-valve, 6-cylinder Boxer engine
- Active torque-split AWD
- 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-sensor, 4-channel ABS
- Mid-frame side windows, glass-to-glass canopy with solar-control glass
- Resin-molded fuel tank
- Resin-molded trunk lid
- Projector-beam headlights
Top speed for the SVX was more than 140 mph.