The 1992 Subaru SVX was kind of a strange equation. Although it felt like it came out like a bolt from the blue, a lot of time, effort and money were invested by Subaru to make this a success, which it didn’t, unfortunately. The combination of advanced technology and strange looks, not to mention a yet relatively unknown brand combined to doom the car, which was nonetheless exceptional in just about every way. It was described by same as a cross between a Porsche and a Jaguar: it displayed and the mechanical ingenuity and performance of a Porsche, and then some, and the comfort and amenities of the Jaguar. None of this helped it sell more, but it was an advanced, high quality, comfortable and fast car just the same.
True to its fighter-jet look, the SVX was powered by a scorching-hot engine (no, not a rocket!): a 24-valve flat-six, 3.3-liter boxer that developed an impressive 226 smooth horsepower. The SVX was good for a top speed of 146 miles per hour, and accelerated to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds.
Unlike most sports cars, the SVX did not come with a manual transmission, but rather with an advanced four-speed automatic. Like all Subaru cars, it came with a permanent all-wheel drive system, four-wheel disc breaks with ABS and an excellent independent suspension, all of which conspired to give this futuristic car its superb handling.
The 1992 Subaru SVX was a real step ahead of the competition; it is regrettable that its unconventional styling kept it from getting the real success it should have garnered