Subaru dished out in 1992 one of its more infamous mid-size coupes that had different effects on different people. The Subaru SVX would be surprisingly popular in its first year but sales would decline in the succeeding years but eerily would gain a cult following in its latter years and when the whole line was discontinued.
The SVX was the replacement for the doomed Subaru XT and Subaru had high hopes and big plans for the SVX. Pre-production plans included it to be designed as an advanced SVX Active Safety concept vehicle with a voice operation system for hands free control of the air conditioning, audio, telephone and navigation systems, a self-activating, temperature sensitive heated coating inside the windshield to prevent frost from occurring, a 4 wheel steering system, active suspension and a host of other features. When it did finally come out the SVX was a high tech coupe for its time but many features weren't included.
Unlike the old XT which had boxy lines for its shell, the SVX had modern-looking curvy lines specially designed from Italy which made it look very sporty. Like the previous XT6 coupe, the SVX sported a large 6 cylinder boxer engine but was considerably larger. Power comes from a 3.3 liter 6 cylinder 24 valve DOHC Boxer engine it produces 230 horsepower @ 5400 rpm and a torque of 228 @ 4400 rpm, there is also a Sequential Multi-port fuel injection with dual spray injectors. The transmission offered was a four-speed automatic. The SVX was available and more popular in the AWD trim, although front two wheel drives were also produced.
One of the more unique features that made the SVX a bit of an oddity was its side windows. For aerodynamic purposes, only the lower half actually moves down. The windows are split about 2/3 of the way from the bottom, with the division being parallel to the upper curve of the door frame. This is not entirely new, some cars have already got them but this are mainly reserved for doors that doesn't open the same way as most conventional cars do. The SVX has a normal door operation. Also, one of the more common problem of the SVX was due to its weight, this was one of the most heaviest car Subaru produced, transmission problems would arise for heating and brakes and wheels could not stand the stress of stopping the heavyweight coupe. Sales were generally good at the onset, but the declining sales through the years which did not reach expectation forced the SVX to make only a five year run, by 1997 only 700 SVX were sold and it soon was discontinued.