• Feb 23rd 2009 at 1:59PM
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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.

[Source: Subaru]



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.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      To letstakeawalk: Its like the Justy only takes up a small bit of the Viper's space, and they decided to keep the original stripes dimensions, instead of scaling them down to fit.

      Also: Fifty-three US MPG?! We don't need stupid, complicated hybrids! And before you say, "Americans will never buy something that slow!" consider that a Prius takes 10.5 seconds to get to 60! (Consumer Reports) Look at how well that thing sold...
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks like a scion xD with yaris lights.
      Too bad dodge never figured out how to make a small car. They sure could style one with that Hornet concept.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You beat me to it. I was going to be like.... um... Ford called.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Say what you want, but this starving student wouldn't mind driving an (inferior) subaru that can reach those mileage numbers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To paraphrase Transformers:

      "I don't want a JUSTY with racing stripes."
      • 6 Years Ago
      These names crack me up.... but you get used to them over time. Can't wait to see the Becausey.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lets add some speed holes while we are at it... the pepboys stick-on variety.
      • 6 Years Ago
      why does an econobox have twin camshaft?
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're implying that because it is small it should be inferior, of course it's got a DOHC-engine, what else would it have? A SOHC? This is 2009, not 1987.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sure most people never push their cars over 5000 RPM often, my car won't even rev that high no matter how much I try, but DOHC engines offer other advantages, reduced wear, longer lifespan and better fuel economy and I can't think of any car I can buy today with SOHC, your examples the Matrix isnt marketed outside of North America and the Jazz comes with the 1.4 DOHC engine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why bother putting twin cam in the name if there wasn't an SOHC version? And yeah I think SOHC should probably used in economy cars. Most people don't even go past 5k RPM in economy cars. The Honda Fit still uses SOHC and no one complains. Actually it has sold a lot more than Toyota's Matrix.
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