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The Alcyone SVX, also known outside Japan as the Subaru SVX, is a mid-sized GT coupé that was sold by Subaru from 1991 to 1997. It was Fuji Heavy Industries first attempt to enter the luxury/performance car market. Its intention was to combine two seemingly contradictory elements – comfort and performance. The name Alcyone refers to the brightest star in the Pleiades star cluster, on which the Subaru logo is based.

In stark contrast to the boxy, angular XT, the SVX had curvy lines designed by Giugiaro and an unusual, aircraft-inspired "glass-to-glass canopy" with 2-piece power side windows. The windows are split about 2/3 of the way from the bottom, with the division being parallel to the upper curve of the door frame. These half-windows are generally seen on exotic vehicles with "scissor", "gull-wing", or "butterfly" doors, such as the Lamborghini Countach, De Lorean DMC-12, and the McLaren F1. The SVXs aerodynamic shape allowed it to maintain the low drag coefficient of .29 cd, previously established by the XT coupe it replaced.

Unlike the previous model, which had been available with either a turbocharged 4-cylinder (as XT) or a naturally-aspirated 6-cylinder (as XT6), the SVX debuted with and remained available with only one engine, the EG33 model 3.3 liter "BOXER" horizontally-opposed Flat-6 or H-6.

Acceleration from 0-60 mph was 7.3 seconds, with a standing 1/4 mile time of 15.4 seconds at 92.5 mph (148.9 km/h). The top speed of the 1992/1993 SVX was 182 mph (293 km/h), while in later models (1994-1997) the top speed was electronically-governed at 153 mph (246 km/h).

Though powerful enough for the time, the SVX was relatively heavy, weighing in at 3580 pounds (1624 kg), which is roughly the same as a Third Generation Outback wagon. It was only available with the 4EAT 4-speed automatic transmission, which adversely affected performance. A manual transmission, capable of handling the horsepower and torque of the EG33 engine, was not available at the time of production and was never made available as an option.

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