• Oct 13, 2009
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Might Subaru's Hybrid Tourer concept point the way forward to a revival of the iconoclastic SVX from the Nineties? According to AutoExpress, that's a definite maybe. The British motoring mag suggests that the conceptual Hybrid Tourer that's just about to get its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show is a harbinger for a range-topping luxury performance coupe from the Japanese automaker.

If true (and we're not exactly holding our breath), the new coupe would slot well above the expected rear-wheel drive coupe that will share its underpinnings with the upcoming Toyota FT-86, possibly selling for twice the price of its lesser sibling. A turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder engine would provide motivation, though a hybrid model may also be possible.



[Source: AutoExpress]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Super-Mega-hotness. This is the return of the beautiful Subaru that I have been waiting for. Almost bought an SVX, wouldn't buy a fugly Impreza, and don't get me started about that fugly-palooza called Outback/Legacy. This is just gorgeous. It looks like something out of Syd Mead's sketchbook.

      Subaru, sign me up. I'll trade in my 'Speed 3 for this in a second.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's it, I'm officially "over" hybrids. Please go away and take the Useless Crossover category with you.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I can think of a couple of AB commenters who just made a mess in their pants.
      • 5 Years Ago
      RowFive, #5 above: Subaru does make a three-row wagon, the Exiga (see www.subaru.jp/exiga/exiga), but evidently only for Japan and Australia - as far as I'm concerned, it could replace both the current US-market Outback and the Tribeca; it's more usefully shaped and much less hideous than either of them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Me likey!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll believe it when I see it. Subaru's lineup is small and I doubt they figure they have room for two coupes
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mike...

        You didn't fix my points, you MISSED my point. There are two different segments, and most parent company conglomerates offer both.

        The FT-86 is developed by shortening the BL Legacy and GR Impreza chassis... it is developed from a sedan platform.

        The SVX resurrection would also likely be built from an enlarged GR Impreza, or possibly a larger '10 BM Legacy platform. AGAIN, also developed from a sedan.


        And only marketing separates the scion products from Toyota, and Infiniti products are sold as Nissan in Japan. Hyundai and Kia are the same parent company as well.
        A brand name difference is marketing.

        The companies still build two different sized coupes, for two different segments. Just as FT86 would be different than a replacement SVX... and why FT86 would never be considered an SVX replacement... maybe a 2.5RS Impreza coupe replacement.

        There is no reason Subaru can't do it. They have two different sized chassis. GR Impreza, and BM Legacy/Outback, and the chassis are modular enough to grow and shrink within a certain margin.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Honda Civic/Accord,
        Ford Focus/Mustang,
        Toyota Scion tC and Solara,
        Chevy Cobalt/Camaro,
        Nissan/Infiniti, Altima/G37
        Kia/Hyundai Koup/Genesis Coupe,
        BMW 1/3/6 series.
        ... all have at least two coupes.

        As much as I want the Toyota/Subaru joint project to work... it is never going to be a grand touring coupe, and probably won't even be AWD.

        A larger, grand touring coupe is a good alternative. Something AWD unlike Genesis, and less expensive than G37x, or 3-series-xi or A5.

        Modern slick styling, AWD, and some performance chops, aimed right between Genesis 3.8 Touring, and G37x's price points.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Honda Civic/Accord- based off of same carline
        Ford Focus/Mustang, - 1 based off of same carline, 1 dedicated
        *Scion tC - fixed only 1 in this brand
        *Toyota Solara - fixed only 1 in this brand
        Chevy Cobalt/Camaro, - 1 based of of same carline 1 dedicated
        *Nissan Altima/ 370z - fixed
        *Infiniti G37 -only one in this brand
        *Kia Koup - only one in this brand
        *Hyundai Genesis Coupe - only one in this brand
        BMW 1/3/6 series.- completely different brand demographics
        ... all have at least two coupes.

        As much as I want the Toyota/Subaru joint project to work... it is never going to be a grand touring coupe, and probably won't even be AWD.

        A larger, grand touring coupe is a good alternative. Something AWD unlike Genesis, and less expensive than G37x, or 3-series-xi or A5.

        Modern slick styling, AWD, and some performance chops, aimed right between Genesis 3.8 Touring, and G37x's price points.


        Fixed your points. Having coupes based off of 4 door sedans is one thing. Having 2 dedicated performance coupes is another... especially for a brand as small as Subaru. I'll believe it when I see it. Auto Express is the National Enquirer of car magazines. Their last report on the Toyobaru coupe said it would be AWD and 300 hp. Believe what you want.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wouldn't exactly describe this as a potential coupe. Look at the door opening (not the number of doors) and the seat configuration. Remove those unrealistic gullwings and you'd need to fill each side opening with two doors, not just one.

        With apologies to BoxerFanatic (as I know he's reaaaally been itching for a new SVX), I wouldn't revive that name. The SVX has a modest cult following, but overall it wasn't a huge success (coupes are impractical fashion statements-- they should be pretty). Subaru reviving the SVX wouldn't be paramount to Ford bringing back the Edsel, but it wouldn't be far from, say, a Maverick.

        If Subaru were to invest in something new, I'd prefer they dump the Tribeca and make a three-row station wagon. That would be practical and fitting now that they SUV-ized the once-cool Legacy/Outback.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @Boxer: Thanks for the commentary.

      The 2009 Legacy was only 68" wide (2" narrower than the 1990s SVX), where the 2010 Legacy is nearly 72" wide -- width that a 201x SVX would badly need considering how big the competition has gotten, unless you're thinking of really, really huge flares & arches, like a 911 or STi. And if it were styled that way, then it no longer looks as much like a GT. Plus, there would be more drag from all the surface undulation

      The SVX had a 103" wheelbase, and trimming the rear of current Legacy for a longer wheelbase, but shorter rear overhang (and shorter overall length) would help highway cruising, again, GT design. Shorter wheelbase is what the STi is for, anyways.

      Height of any Legacy is, of course, excessive for any sport coupe, and even the previous Legacy stands more than a half-foot taller than a SVX. So any new SVX would need a major chop of the Legacy platform, keeping nothing above the wheel centers.

      The first hatch my family owned was a classic Saab 9000 Turbo. If the SVX had a similar hatch, that would have been awesome. The 2nd gen "coupe-style" 9000 hatchback shows you don't need to give up any aero for the utility.

      Manual gearboxes just aren't fun in congestion, and like it or not, that's where we live now. Hence SMGs and sportshifts galore. It'd be nice to have the option, tho. And really, most Subaru owners aren't buying garage queens - this needs to be a daily driver.

      Engines are shrinking and going forced induction. Subaru has a lot of experience with turbo boxers, so a, smaller (3.0l), stronger, DI twin-turbo H-6 would definitely be possible. And besides, Subaru is already getting 300+ hp from their 2.5l STi H-4, so a proportional 350+ from a 3.0l H-6 wouldn't be require any new technology, but would help smooth the power delivery for a proper a GT. A Turbo 4 option would be nice as a base option, but doesn't do a good job differentiation from STi.


      Thanks again!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Subaru,

      If this isn't a pipe dream, use standard doors, the EZ36 six cylinder used in the current Legacy, Outback, and Tribeca, AWD standard and call it either the SVX or Legacy coupe (Lego coupe would make more sense), no stripped down trim package (that's what the Toyobaru FT-86 is for). Don't share current front end Legacy on this coupe; give it something original.

      Seriously
        • 5 Years Ago
        NOOO, please no.

        The '10 Legacy is far too bulky and chunky to be directly drawn to a coupe. It wouldn't look any better than the new Legacy does.

        The 05-09 Legacy would have been fine, with a real fastback coupe roof change, and some other bodywork differences on the back half.

        This needs to be an SVX. It NEEDS to have SVX's sleek, clean profile and aerodynamics. Even if it has to have '10 Legacy's much larger floorpan dimensions... it should at least be sleek and low, not tall and chunk-tastic like the new Legacy.

        The Camaro, Mustang and Challenger are chunky enough... this car needs to go a DIFFERENT direction.

        Even Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a bit on the healthy-side, in the rear fender area, and G37 is a little more pug-nosed than it would seem, when viewed from the side, but those two are closer to the idiom that the SVX should be, plus AWD and boxer power, of course. AWD with a manual gearbox would be something that even G37x doesn't offer, and Genesis doesn't offer AWD. Only A5 and 3-series-xi offer it, and both look like two-door sedans in comparison, and are more $$$.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry, Not Detroit,

        I just meant that "no" to be about hacking a new legacy to a two-door and calling it Legacy Coupe directly. It needs much more differentiation than that.

        The rest of your points are pretty good. I didn't mean to over-ride those.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No two-piece windows, no sale.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man, I used to lust after the SVX all through high school.

      This'll never see the market though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You, sir, are one of the few. I will say that I am excited to see anything new in the current lackluster Subaru line-up.


        I'm right with Kumar when I read the article headline, haha.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would be really excited if the news wasn't coming from AutoExpress.
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