Subaru B11S Concept Car Makes Its World Premiere At The Geneva Motor Show | Part Two

Main features of the Subaru B11S
Concept The B11S has been developed to pursue the concept of Gran Utility Turismo, which symbolises the embodiment of the perfect blend of sporty driving, comfort, functionality and elegance. The car incorporates all the crucial ingredients of this concept. It features attractive styling and packaging, which further reflect FHI’s corporate philosophy, Innovative, Individual and Courageous; Subaru’s technological strengths, such as the horizontally-opposed engine and a symmetrical AWD system; and driving performance equivalent to a high-performance sports car for the enthusiast.

Exterior Design

The exterior design, composed of sophisticated flowing curves, expresses an elegant, sleek Coupe, in spite of the fact that the car comfortably accommodates four adults. The front fascia, which fortifies its sporty look, conjures up the turbine of a small jet plane and the freedom of flying wings – an association with FHI’s corporate roots as an aircraft company, as well as a reminder of outstanding aerodynamic technology and performance.

The two pairs of side doors open like gates and latch in the middle without a conventional B-pillar, an arrangement that facilitates access to the back seats and makes interior room seem even more spacious. Developed specifically for the B11S, the frosted glass roof provides an open-air feeling, as in a convertible, and it creates a pleasant soft light inside the vehicle that enhances the quality look of its interior. The unique glass roof design was inspired by the design and construction of traditional Japanese umbrellas.

Interior Design

In sharp contrast to the white pearl body colour, for the interior of the B11S the colour blue has been selected, influenced by Subaru's characteristic colour. Strong emphasis was placed on crafting an understated yet high-quality ambience in the cabin’s design, which is reminiscent of Japanese interior decoration and its attention-to-detail approach. In addition, the folding rear seats allow easy access to and from the trunk for luggage or sports equipment. The interior provides a comfortable space for passengers and offers practical solutions at the same time.

Driving Performance

The B11S has been equipped with a new horizontally-opposed, 6-cylinder engine. This engine, which will meet both the needs of driving pleasure and the demands of environmental considerations, is currently under development. A twin turbocharged engine is being developed that will ensure a smooth ride in low- and middle-speed ranges while it achieves a maximum output of 294 kW (400 PS) and a maximum torque of 550 Nm (56.1 kgfm).

The symmetrical AWD system integrated with a 5-speed automatic transmission comes with VTD (variable torque distribution), Subaru’s unique, electronically controlled torque distribution system. While the basic torque distribution ratio of front to rear wheels is set at 35% and 65% respectively, the VTD optimally controls the torque distribution between front and rear wheels according to driving conditions and realises a high level of balance between the yawing tendency of a vehicle and high-speed stability.

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Published 6 March 2003 Melanie Carter

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