Roadster, City And Minicars

Subaru B9 Scrambler

 

A stunning roadster, distinctive city car and supercharged minicar take pride of place on Subaru’s stand at the 37th Tokyo Motor Show (25 October – 5 November, 2003).

And despite being concept cars, all three give the strongest indication yet of the new confident face of Subaru.

The B9 Scrambler, R1e and R2 were all created under the guidance of ex-Alfa Romeo designer – Andreas Zapatinas – Subaru’s new Advanced Design Team’s Chief Designer.

They are the first examples of his influence and share a dominant front grille aimed at conjuring up memories of Subaru’s aircraft heritage via a fusilage-shaped centre flanked by aircraft-type wings.

Subaru B9 Scrambler

The low, squat two-seater Scrambler combines motor-cycle agility with off-road competence thanks to symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and variable-height air suspension with automatic self-levelling and a ride-height range of between 150 and 200 mm.

The B9 Scrambler boasts a petrol/electric hybrid engine which uses an electric motor up to speeds of around 50 mph, only turning to fossil fuel when the charge drops below a certain level.

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Published 22 October 2003 Melanie Carter

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