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Rare car of the day. Subaru XT 4WD Turbo

I found this. A rare Subaru coupe called XT 4WD Turbo. I have never seen it in my life, no over internet or magazines. But looking for cheap japanese cars I found it in a national used car website.

I took the pictures from the website to show it as is. Well is not so cool, but it has this taste of manga cars. The front end is close to the 3rd generation Honda Prelude and to be honest most of classic coupe of late nineties.

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It is possible that if you are american problably have seen this car before somewhere. The orange side markers makes no dubts that car was build to the US.

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The was some years in the past where cars were dressed with graphics. In many japanese cars this was a trend in early nineties.

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Original badge.

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Some information I found about this car is the next:

– The XT was loaded with features rarely found on small cars, such as a turbocharger, a computer-controlled engine and transmission, adjustable height suspension.

– The name Alcyone was used in Japan, the Vortex name was used in Australia and New Zealand.

– The 1988 Tom Hanks movie Big, the romantic lead, played by Elizabeth Perkins drove Tom’s character Joshua Baskin as a restored small boy, played by David Moscow back to his home in a red XT.

– Subaru produced 98,918 XTs, XT6s, and Alcyones. Surprisingly, only 8,170 of these were sold in the Japanese market.

– The Subaru XT6 was dubbed as the official car for the most valuable player for Super Bowl XXIII in 1989, eventually won by San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice.

Nikko, Tochigi

Nikkō (literally “sunlight” or “sunshine”) is a city in the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. Approximately 140 km north of Tokyo and 35 km west of Utsunomiya, the capital of Tochigi Prefecture, it is a popular destination for Japanese and international tourists. Attractions include the mausoleum of shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (Nikkō Tōshō-gū) and that of his grandson Iemitsu (Iemitsu-byō Taiyū-in), and the Futarasan Shrine, which dates to the year 767. There are also many famous hot springs (onsen) in the area.

As of March 1, 2012, the city has an estimated population of 90,071, with 36,134. *Wikipedia

Photo: Karennoryokou

One of the most beautiful place to visit at Nikkō is the Nikkō Tōshō-gū. Is a Shinto shrine located in Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.

Tōshō-gū is dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. Initially built in 1617, during the Edo period, while Ieyasu’s son Hidetada was shogun, it was enlarged during the time of the third shogun, Iemitsu. Ieyasu is enshrined here, and his remains are entombed here.

Nikkō Tōshō-gū

While visiting Nikkō we do not have to forget to spend some time around the Iemitsu-byō Taiyū-in and Futarasan Shrine.

Futarasan Shrine or Futarasan jinja, also known as Nikkō Futarasan Shrine, is a Shinto shrine in the city of Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. To distinguish it from the shrine in nearby Utsunomiya. It enshrines three deities: Ōkuninushi, Tagorihime, and Ajisukitakahikone.

Futarasan is located between Nikkō Tōshō-gū and the Taiyū-in Mausoleum. Many visitors go to all three, as well as to Rinnō-ji.

Shinkyo bridge

But what it really matters for us is one main reason. Nikko Circuit. As you guess Nikko Circuit is located in Togichi prefacture.

Here is the Nikko Circuit track. So with a quick view we see is an easy level track that make it very fun. Both cars and bikes use it for trackday, drifting events and amateur races.

Nikko Circuit map

Here us a typical japanese image with a pure japanese circuit y some pure japanese cars. Well knonw by local drifters Nikko circuit isn’t as popular as Ebisu for people and maybe only if you are a really japanese-car-enthusiast would heard about it.

Nikko Circuit track

You can use youtube to find some cool amateur videos of japanese guys drifting the Nikko Circuit but isn’t easy most of the time because as japanese do they write japanese and often they just tag on japanese. I’ve collected a couple of videos that you will like it.

Inside view from a JZX100
Scenes during RB Meeting at Nikko

 

 

It was a live cam at Nikko Circuit before but is out of order now. Anyway I want lo let the link here if anytime they put it back on work. WebCAM

Official Page: NIKKO CIRCUIT

Platonic love

Why that car is so sexy for me is not a mistery. As said on title that car is my platonic love. Always wanted never seen it. Just pictures. And, yeah!… thanks to internet. I love the idea of driving this RB20DET on a Wangan. I’ll take like that, no modifications, Watanabe RS and coilovers. The R31 has its similarities with the Euro Bluebird sold over the same years at the end of eighties. I said “has” and problably I should say from my point of view because handles, mirrors, side indicators and windscreen remember to the cited T72 Bluebird sold in Europe.

2013 Agera R

The 2013 Agera R is the result of Koenigseggs endless persuit for perfection.

The 2013 model features new Aircore hollow carbon fiber wheels, uprated power and enhanced aerodynamics. The Agera R has an incredible top speed of approximately 440 km/h (273 mph).

Recent Records for the Agera R: 0-300 km/h in 14.53 sec, 300-0 km/h in 6.66 sec, 0-200 mph in 17.68 sec, 200-0 mph in 7.28 sec.

The Agera R is the only roadster Hypercar with a detachable and stowable hardtop, bringing the best of two worlds. This in combination with 120 litres of luggage space, truly combine extreme performance with everyday usability.

The Agera is available in left or right hand drive.