Saturday 29 September 2012
One of my favourites - The Weirdness, the Vortex..
Known around the world as the XT, or Vortex. These cars are wild..!
The styling is so bloody out-there.. that by the time they were introduced in 1985, they were probably already dated.
The Vortex/Alcyone/XT were powered by an NA flat four, Turbo four, or early flat 6.
They're so slim around the waist, with a high ride-height, and very tall glasshouse.
I've occasionally seen them at the wreckers over the years, and always great to have a fiddle with. The doorhandles are fantastic, with a lower section that flaps down out of the way when you go to lift the top section. very flush..!
The Interior on these is a bloody party.. your very own spaceship..
Im fairly sure these were available with a digital dash too, but I'd probably crash if this interior went too far!
..but.. have a look at those seats! that fabric! argh!!
Reminds me alot of the Porsche Pasha velour.. which is coincidentally also phenominal...! hehe
Having a flat engine configuration forces all the accesories up to the centre, so opening the bonnet just reveals such always-attractive components as the alternator, power steering pump, etc..
But, again, i suppose the low bonnet line has that flat 4/6 to thank!
Subaru Vortex/Alcyone/XT. Classic.