• Aug 2, 2007
It was the early 1990s when Subaru went into the Porsche business. It wasn't nearly the pseudo-Porsche the Nissan NX 2000 was, but it could have been the result of a tryst between a 944 and an erstwhile 911. The SVX looked like a space capsule, and it teamed the brand's famed (even then) AWD prowess with a newly-developed flat-six. The price was high, squaring the SVX off against such awesome rivals as Supras and 300ZX Turbos, not to mention ponycars, which promptly blew the doors off Fuji's left-turn from the XT.

flatsix92, also known as Rob, dropped a few pix of his '92 SVX into the Flickr pool, and we took the bait. Of course, the car's not stock. It's hard to have a Subie coupe and not mess with it. The transmissions in these cars are apparently a weak link, but Rob's car had it's cog-swapper replaced before he got the car. He did fit a shift kit to the autobox, though, and while he was under there, he tossed on a Stebro stainless exhaust and custom wound springs. There's other tweaks, and that's one of the beautiful things about these cars, the enthusiast base is large and very supportive. The SVX was absurdly expensive for a Subaru in those pre-Impreza STi days, and in light of their short-lived transmissions, you can likely find these cars cheap. What we want to know is where does a college student (studying industrial design – good, minoring in video editing – run – that's what my degree's in, and look where it got me) pull together the scratch for books, tuition, a formerly 30-large coupe full of stuff to fix, upgrades for said coupe, and oh yeah, food?

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      RoadRunnerSTi
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have always loved these cars... i had a girlfriend with one in highschool a couple years ago... such a head turner.

      I was always diappointed the flat-6 only came in auto though... if it was a 6sp... and add a turbo kit... damn that would be cool... or swap in a ej257 and supporting drivetrain and mods for 400whp.... hell yea.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @RoadRunnerSTi
        The green SVX in the 2nd photo is owned by my good friend Phil. He's swapped his automatic for a 5spd from a Forester, with 4.11s on both ends. He also recently completed a homebrew turbo kit. It is very fast. :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have a friend in the local subie group who owns, i think, 5. They're like the Japanese equivalent of MGs... if you own one, you got to have a couple more for spares.
      • 7 Years Ago
      my brother and me have one verry fast and look cool..
      [URL=http://img244.imageshack.us/my.php?image=svxci8.jpg][IMG]http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/2039/svxci8.th.jpg[/IMG][/URL] his car with 5 speed...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I still kick myself for not grabbing a sweet red one that was on a local used lot a couple of years ago. Some teenager got it and with in a year it was trashed. The last i saw of it the windshield was busted and the body was in really bad shape.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The only problem with the SVX is that it's not a hatchback. The trunk has a tiny opening, much like the current RX8.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This one will get my vote!

      And what a shame than Subaru don't build a single coupé anymore... Bah, it keep high the resale value of my 2.5RS coupé :-)
      • 7 Years Ago
      This must be the same Rob, a.k.a. the infamous "Ca$h", from MacNN. He sure loves his SVX!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I know Rob. He bought the car before he went to school and his wife pays for the food.
        • 7 Years Ago
        She's my sugar-mama. :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I owned 2 of these and got three friends to give up their Lexus SC 300's for the performance, uniqueness and security of AWD (we were all in Chi-town then).

      Really was like a modern day Citroen SM, but w/o the hydro-pneumatic suspension.

      I sold the second one when we had a kid and bought an Outback. How stupid am I. But I'll get another one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It is time to bring something like this back!!!
      4 doors are nice but 2 doors are a lot more fun.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now, you know that is not the original 1992 grill, which was transparent, not black.
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