The Subaru SVX, marketed in Japan as the Subaru Alcyone SVX, was a front-engine, two-door, FWD and AWD drive coupe manufactured by Subaru from 1991 to 1996. As Subaru’s first foray into the performance market, the SVX was praised for its aircraft-inspired ‘window-within-a-window’ side-glass configuration. The suffix “SVX” is an acronym for “Subaru Vehicle X”. However, the SVX isn’t a difficult vehicle to work on, but ensuring you have a Subaru SVX service manual will make sure that you don’t encounter any hiccups along the way.
In 1991, Subaru introduced the SVX in the United States. The model was put forth as the replacement for the Alcyone XT6 coupes and the Alcyone XT. The introduction of the SVX followed the 1980 introduction of the Isuzu Piazza and the 1990 introduction of the Acura NSX. During the 1994-1995 model year, an FWD version was offered on the SVX.
A Subaru SVX, driven by Bob Dart and Ken Knight, won the 1991 Alcan Winter Rally ─ a race from Seattle to the Arctic Circle and back.
Subaru had an SVX PPG Pace Car in the early 1990s. It had a silver to purple fade paint “SVX” windshield banner, silver wheels in the front, purple wheels in the rear, an amber roof light and roll cage. It was evaluated by Indy Car Chief Steward and PPG Pace Car evaluator, Wally Dallenbach Sr. Subaru used it as a promotional tool as well as a pace car. The SVX was a favorite and was used for several seasons although most pace cars were retired after one season. It was later put in storage in the “Subaru Performance Attic” located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey near the location of Subaru of America’s headquarters in Camden, New Jersey.
Today, the SVX is still alive and well. Subaru has already been teasing a 2020 SVX. Either way, if you’re taking a gander under the hood of your SVX and things aren’t making sense, go get yourself a Subaru SVX repair manual to help things make more sense.