The XT Coupe Was the New Face of Subaru in 1985

With striking looks more akin to a supercar, the XT Coupe brought new life to the then-small, quirky Japanese brand.

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In the 1980s, Subaru wasn't nearly popular in the US as it is today. It offered a small selection of unassuming yet practical cars that worked well, but nothing that truly stood out—until the XT Coupe arrived.

Sporting a spaceship-like streamlined design and a fighter-jet cockpit interior, it was unlike anything else from the brand. Pop-up headlights, a red indent that ran along the side of the body, and a tall greenhouse gave it a unique stance, while air suspension, selectable four-wheel drive, and a turbocharged four-cylinder gave it some truly strong performance (for the time, anyway).

got its hands on one, as well as its sedan counterpart, back when it was new, and it gave them a new impression on just how cool a Subaru could be. Check out its latest Retro Review here.

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