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At the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show, Subaru introduced the latest version of its Justy subcompact for the U.K. market. Little more than a rebadged version of the Daihatsu Sirion, the Justy is the Japanese automaker's entry-level model abroad and doesn't offer much to separate itself from the rest of the econoboxes battling it out in the segment. To spice things up a bit, Subaru has created a new package for the Justy called the 1.0 Twin Cam Special Edition.
The uprated equipment includes a roof-mounted spoiler, twin exhaust pipes and a leather-wrapped alloy shift knob. Sounds racy, no? It gets better. Subaru says the Special Edition has "viper stripes," recalling a certain supercar from America. Despite the overly wishful naming, the big draw here is the low fuel consumption and emissions rating. In Europe, the Justy SE retains the 64.2 mpg (53 U.S.) Extra Urban rating of lesser models and the package costs just £690 more than the standard model.
SUBARU JUSTY: A RACY LITTLE NUMBER
Subaru has the perfect answer for belt-tightening motorists wishing to downsize but not down-spec.
Diminutive delight, the Justy 1.0R is now available as a much sportier little number: the Justy 1.0 Twin Cam Special Edition.
Restricted to just 100 vehicles (50 in Black Mica, 50 in Shining Red), the extra equipment comprises rear roof spoiler; twin exhaust system; over roof 'viper stripes' and side decals; leather and alloy gear knob and rear privacy glass – creating the perfect blend of inexpensive, economical motoring in a desirable, sporty package.
Priced from £9,995, the Special Edition Twin Cam offers fantastic value for money at only £690 more than the standard model, even with a combined total of over £1,100 worth of extra kit.
This superb supermini, which returns 64.2 mpg on the Extra Urban Cycle and qualifies for the £35 annual Road Fund Licence, looks set to prove that even in these financially testing times, it is possible to get a great value for money, sporty vehicle with rock-solid reliability, frugal fuel economy, low CO2 emissions and low road fund licence all in one desirable package.
The standard Justy 1.0 R is already extremely well equipped with air conditioning; ABS with EBD; driver, passenger, front side and curtain airbags; radio/CD player with AUX input; four electric windows and remote central-locking, and is priced at a remarkable £9,305. A further enhancement available on both the Justy 1.0 R and Justy 1.0 Twin Cam is a stylish alloy wheel package comprising 15" Monza R wheels with Toyo 185/55R15 tyres: just £600 (inc. VAT) for a set of four (plus fitting).
The new Justy 1.0 Twin Cam now offers even more, and offers a racy alternative for the younger, and the young-at-heart, motorist.