Feature: Subaru Vivio RX-R

The Subaru Vivio RX-R is a car developed by Subaru which is targeted to Japanese enthusiasts who were interested in avoiding the huge amount to taxes placed on vehicles that have large emission creating engines.

Weighing in at just less than 700kg and with the lightest trim option and the top of the line 16V DOHC supercharged engine it doesn’t have an extraordinary power to weight ratio but with an AWD system and 5 speed box it allows the user to have a vehicle that can handle the occasional session of spirited driving whilst coming under the Kei car restrictions in place by the Japanese government.

This version I stumbled upon was had a myriad of stickers claiming that is was an STI version, whilst the bonnet and some other features such as the seats proves that indeed it is an RX-R which was the factory supercharged, intercooled AWD. Externally I had trouble identifying if it actually had any of the STI pack installed. Take a quick look at this link to see the STI range produced for this vehicle.

It’s quite hard to tell if it is actually the RA version, basically a model prepared by Subaru to be the base car for someone interested in creating a competitive version, from my knowledge the RA was only available in feather white.

The Vivio has had a decent motor sports history based around rally, it has been used throughout Japan and occasionally internationally with a some interesting marks in history such as being driven by the domination Colin McRae early in his career.

Nardi wheel TICK, Defi guages TICK, trinklets and toys TICK,
Just dont jump in this one if your going to winge about how rough or dangerous your journey may be


3 Responses to “Feature: Subaru Vivio RX-R”

  1. March 29, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Great little car – would love to see one in the UK!

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