Okay, I know I'm going to take a little abuse this time around. Not many people even seem to remember the
Subaru SVX, and outside the WRX, Subarus don't get a lot of respect
from the performance-car crowd
The only problem, though, is that I really like the Subaru SVX. The SVX was Subaru's first sports car, unless you count the extravagantly wedgy and slow XT (another guilty pleasure of mine and undoubted future Car Lust).
Part of what I like about the SVX is the styling--the marriage of classic sports car contours (if you cross your eyes a bit), with some incredibly quirky front- and rear-end treatments and bizarrely appealing split front windows. It's weirdly aggressive, oddly elegant, and indisputably interesting.
I'm also evidently the only person on the planet who feels that way.
Likely as a result of the styling, the SVX
didn't sell all that well, but the 230-horsepower flat-6 engine,
extremely low drag aerodynamics, all-wheel-drive, and a sophisticated
suspension system made the SVX an excellent performer for the time,
with 7-second runs to 60 mph and a top speed of more than 140 mph.
After the horsepower explosion of the last decade, those numbers don't exactly read like supercar performance, but for the time the SVX was a distinguished performer. What's more, it accomplished that performance in a smooth, refined fashion more evocative of a grand tourer than a muscle car.
Weird but wonderful, the SVX is one of my favorite cars of the 1990s.
Another true believer, flatsix92, has posted these beautiful photos on Flickr. Keep the flame burning, flatsix92.