Subaru has long been known for building some of the most capable and versatile vehicles in the world. Popular models like the Impreza, Forester, and Outback have long been favorites of outdoor enthusiasts, and every year their cars get more reliable.
But the Japanese company has long been known for producing a line of fantastic, rally-inspired, performance cars to add to their line-up. While it may not build the fastest production cars of all time, the automaker does still hold the advantage in its all-wheel drive technology. But what are its fastest cars?
Most of Subaru’s cars are governed to specific top speeds with electronic limiters, so we’ve judged the fastest Subarus based on acceleration time from zero to 60 miles per hour. Naturally we excluded concept models, one-offs, and heavily-modified aftermarket builds in order to keep it “production vehicle specific.” And since certain models like the WRX STI ts Type RA and the Legacy Turbo models from the early 1990s don’t have reliable performance statistics available, they were omitted from the list.
15. 1992 SVX
Zero to 60: 7.3 seconds
In the late ’80s, Subaru gave legendary car designer Giorgetto Guigaro (the man behind the DeLorean DMC-12, Volkswagen Golf, and BMW M1) free reign to design a luxury grand tourer. And shockingly, the automaker sent the concept into production with few, if any, cosmetic changes. The result was the wild SVX, which debuted for 1992.
Hitting sixty in 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 143 miles per hour, the big coupe was equipped with a 3.3-liter flat-six engine, and rocked all 230 horsepower and 224 pound-feet of torque straight to redline. It was a true GT car, but it cost nearly $10,000 more than any other model in the Subaru lineup, and it was only available with an automatic transmission (which was prone to overheating). Plus, its wind-diffusing side windows, avant-garde sheetmetal, and funky interior styling made it too much for most ’90s car buyers. Produced for just five years, today the SVX is quickly becoming a collector car.