If you had a chance to talk to any car enthusiast, they will confirm that the 1990s were a special time in the automotive world and more importantly for Japan. Known as the bubble era, the late '80s saw unprecedented economic growth in Japan, everything from stock prices to real estate saw an immense rise during that time until its eventual decline in the early '90s.
But before Japan's economy imploded, the automotive world was graced with what is known as the 90's bubble-era cars. During that period of economic growth, the Japanese manufacturers had the courage to be quite a bit more liberal with the vehicles they designed and eventually produced. Some of the cars that came from that era were known for their crazy technological advancement, others for their unusual and quirky looks and design, and a select few were blessed with both of those traits.
The Subaru "Alcyone" SVX is one of those cars that managed to capture both characteristics that should've made it an icon and yet went fairly unappreciated in its time. Although it was one of the less memorable cars of its generation, with the recent interest in Japanese cars of the '90s, the SVX might still have a chance to redeem itself.
Keep reading to find out what the Subaru SVX brought to the table at the time of it's release and what it cost in today's market.
The Black Swan of the Subaru Line Up
The current subaru line up isn't exaclty the most exciting one available on the market. The manufacturer has been known to play it safe, almost every vehicle currently on the showroom floor is somewhat bland but fits with market demands, with the exception of the BRZ and WRX/STI.
As previously mentioned, the '90s were a very thrilling time for the Japanese automotive market. Every market manufacturer went all out bringing crazy innovations and technology to their cars, playing safe wasn't their main priority. Even Subaru joined the fray with a car that was completely out of line with their regular offering. The Subaru SVX was a luxurious grand tourer with seating for four; if you think this description doesn't sound much like a Subie, you aren't alone.
The Technological Tour de Force
Similarly to all its rivals from the land of the rising sun, the SVX was a technological marvel. Unlike most other cars in its line up, the SVX came with a 3.3-liter flat-six engine mated to an automatic transmission producing 231hp, and as expected, the power was sent to all four wheels, with a front-wheel-drive model available at a later date. Subaru even brought out the big gun with the design of the vehicle, the visibly angular design came from Giorgetto Giugiaro, the man behind legendary designs such as the BMW M1 and the DeLorean DMC-12.
Considering Subaru's history and its current lineup, it's hard to imagine the existence of the SVX but then again, the '90s weren't exactly the tamest years for the Japanese car market. The SVX matched all the other technologically packed cars from its competitor but failed to match them in terms of performance, whereas most flagship type cars of that era came with the typical 280 hp, in line with the gentlemen's agreement; the mere 231 hp of this Subaru fell short.
What The Subaru SVX Cost Today
At the time of its release, the Subaru was more expensive than anything else in the brand's lineup. With a starting price of $24,000, it was around $10,000 more than the next Subaru. If that wasn't enough, the top-of-the-line model would cost you $36,000. Due to the abysmal sales figures, Subaru eventually offered a FWD model but that didn't save the SVX from the chopping block.
We have recently seen a trend in the used car market for '90s era Japanese cars, possibly due to '90s kids becoming adults and finally being able to afford their childhood dream cars. With the most well-known of them easily hitting the six-figure mark, such as the Toyota Supra or the Nissan Skyline GT-R.
Unfortunately for the Subaru SVX, it never reached the cult status of its bubble-era brothers or even its own stablemate the Impreza 22B STi. The SVX has hovered around the $8,000 mark on average, with a lucky few reaching $20,000 at most. Although time hasn't been kind to this particular '90s car, it has its own niche, and it is rare enough, with 14,000 sold, that it might slowly creep into collector status in the future.