40 years ago Subaru launched brand’s first All-Wheel Drive model. The AWD technology was first offered as a part-time option on the estate derivative of the Subaru Leone, but as timed moved on it was subsequently rolled-out across the Japanese brand’s entire range.
Today, permanent Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is standard fit across all Subaru models, with the exception of the rear-wheel drive BRZ sports car, which is rumored to get an optional AWD with a new more powerful engine.
All-Wheel Drive is known to everyone on such model as the Legacy, Outback and Forester, but it has also been fitted to everything from World Rally Championship-winning cars to the brand’s diminutive kei car models prominent on Japanese roads.
The 1983 Subaru Rex (badged the Subaru Mini Jumbo, 600 and 700 in Europe) was the first kei car ever to be offered with drive to all four wheels.
“Looking back over the last 40 years, it’s clear that Subaru’s commitment to All-Wheel Drive has produced some of the most capable, best handling and safest all-terrain cars,” comments Haydn Davies, Marketing Director at Subaru UK. “All-Wheel Drive technology remains at the heart of almost every new Subaru model produced today, and it’s one of a number of reasons why the brand has built up a loyal and passionate following not just in the UK, but across the world.”
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