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A Peek in the Performance Attic - Part Three





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.


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