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The R1 and R2, modern day 360s.


Ion Pulse
02-06-2005, 04:06 AM
Subaru has very quitely launched two new microcars over the last 12months. The first was the 5dr R2, which gained a decent amount of publicity and now this(essentially a 3dr) the R1, which nobody knows about. The R1 and R2 look absoultly fab, funky retro inspired styling and a stylish, quality interior. Powered by either a normally aspirated 700cc or a Turbocharged version, these cars are strictly K-Cars but I think they would sell outside Japan. They are certainly better looking than Subaru's previous atempts at the small car market(ala Justy and Vivio). Subaru also have acess to a range of small engines made by GM, including Fiat's 1.3litre Multijet Diesel. Subaru should seriously consider selling them outside their local market, they would turn the city car market on its head.


http://www.carpages.co.uk/subaru/subaru_images/subaru_r1_02_02_05.jpg
The cute R1, which has ovetones of 360...
http://carstyling.ru/resources/concept/2003subaru_r2.jpg
The first, 5dr R2,sharing its name with a Subaru microcar from the 70s(correct me it i'm wrong).

MPtyza
02-06-2005, 07:58 AM
Holy crap man, I know this is totally off topic, but what is that car in your sig? It kinda looks like a 2 door version of a 92-94 Legacy...

Ion Pulse
02-06-2005, 01:51 PM
Holy crap man, I know this is totally off topic, but what is that car in your sig? It kinda looks like a 2 door version of a 92-94 Legacy...

Yes it is totally off topic, but anyway its a Lada 21106 GTI Coupe from Russia. Thought the colour was gorgeous and would be quite nice, if they were being retro about the styling :eek7: . Yes your right it does look a bit like a 92-94 Legacy.

2strokebloke
02-09-2005, 08:18 PM
The R-2 replaced the 360 in 1969 (though the 360 station wagon and sport models were produced through 1970) Production of the R-2 ended in 1972 - compared to the Rex which replaced it, and the 360, the production run was very short. Subaru naming a new car "R-2" - would be like VW making the "New Dasher" :) kinda funny!
A friend of mine has just imported the first R-2 (old one 70-72) to come to the U.S.

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