The Subaru SVX is a mid-size grand touring coupe that was created and sold by Subaru. Available from 1991 to 1997, the SVX represented Subaru's attempt to enter the luxury performance market by creating a vehicle that combined good performance and high levels of comfort. Outside of the U.S. market, the vehicle is known as the Alcyone SVX.
The SVX offered a 3.3-liter dual overhead cam 6-cylinder boxer engine as its sole powerplant. This engine produced 230 horsepower at 5400 rpm and 228 pound feet of torque at 4400 rpm. The 3.3-liter engine was backed by a 4-speed automatic transmission. There was no manual transmission offered with the SVX, but a few enthusiasts have managed to transplant manual transmissions from other Subarus into the SVX, with varying degrees of difficulty. The 3.3-liter engine allowed the SVX to attain a 0 to 60 mile per hour time of 7.5 seconds. Top speed was limited to 143 miles per hour.
The SVX offered unique angular styling and aimed to offer a high level of luxury and performance. The vehicle featured two-piece power side windows, which were usually seen only on exotic vehicles with non-conventional doors. This allowed the SVX to retain its aerodynamics while providing a distinctive appearance. The angular styling placed focus on the cutting-edge image Subaru hoped that the SVX would project. Offered initially with all-wheel drive, a front-wheel drive model was introduced in response to the high price of the all-wheel drive SVX. Performance of the SVX is comparable to other similar vehicles of the time period.
The Subaru SVX was available in L and LSi trims. Standard features included air conditioning, power windows and door locks, keyless entry and fog lights. Optional features for the SVX included power heated mirrors, power sunroof, power driver's seat, leather interior, leather wrapped steering wheel and rear spoiler. Dual air bags and anti-lock brakes were available as standard safety features.
The SVX proved to be expensive for its time, with a price tag of just over $30,000. The LSi trim set buyers back about $36,000. Long-time Subaru buyers did not expect to be faced with sticker shock when it came to the SVX. Long-term owners were also not happy with the SVX's mechanical unreliability, with overheating transmissions and prematurely worn wheel bearings named as major concerns. Fuel economy figures for the SVX were estimated to be 17 miles per gallon in city driving and 24 miles per gallon on the open road
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