This year’s Motor Show at the NEC will be open to the public between October 18th and 26th inclusive. Subaru is among manufacturers displaying ‘concept’ cars, which are often a useful clue to future developments; the F-9X is built from composite materials and uses a 2 litre flat four engine which is supercharged up to 5,000 rpm, and turbocharged thereafter. It is claimed to produce 355 bhp at 8,000 rpm and 253 lb/ft torque at 6.000 rpm, giving a top speed of 186 mph. Naturally the car is 4WD, but the system is always engaged and uses a centre differential.
It is not for sale but Subaru’s XT Coupé is, and an assessment of it appears on page 1074 of this issue (web thumbnail 28).