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Guilty Pleasure: Subaru XT


Subaru XT

Guilty Pleasure Subaru XT


After a decade of seeing the batshit Impreza WRX on the streets of North America, the idea of a fast, goofy-looking, four-wheel-drive Subaru seems pretty normal to all of us. This was not the case in 1985, when Subaru introduced the (somewhat) fast, goofy-looking, four-wheel-drive XT. "What the hell is that thing?" asked American car shoppers, backing away from the Subaru dealership in dismay, and sales of the XT remained weak for its seven-year production run.
Subaru XT

Guilty Pleasure Subaru XT


Looking something like a squashed fourth-gen Celica, with semi-hallucinatory elements of the Olds Trofeo thrown in for good measure, the XT eventually got a 145-horsepower boxer six up front and was dubbed the XT6 (Japanese buyers got the far cooler Alcyone name). The all-wheel-drive, six-cylinder '91 XT6 listed at $18,318, more than seven grand cheaper than BMW's all-wheel-drive, six-cylinder 325iX... and yet how many of the weird wedge-shaped Subarus do you see on the street today for every BMW E30 you see (we won't even bring up the far cheaper Mazda 323 GTX here)? The passage of a couple of decades hasn't taken much of the edge off the XT's weird appearance, and by modern standards its performance numbers are pretty dull, but I still want one.
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  1. Considering these things had a transfer case with a lever inside to manually engage 4WD, these things have always been pretty cool in my book.
    I also recall that the whole gauge cluster would move with the steering wheel when it was adjusted up, or down, this gave it the feeling of a spaceship cockpit.
     
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  2. Did you mention it looked exactly like a Honda Prelude up front?
     
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  3. just picked one up, an 87, been in a garage for 14 years
     
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  4. Picked up a pristine 88. Any body got "H" wheels they'd like to sell?
     
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