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[–]Shnoochieboochies 386 points387 points  (15 children)

Ah the 80's, besides the steering wheel, I don't think there is another curve in this picture, even the 0 on the dash is a square.

[–]Putin_Wins 58 points59 points  (7 children)

What about the silver knobs haha

[–]RabbiBallzack 34 points35 points  (5 children)

I believe they’re an aftermarket upgrade.

[–]HRzNightmare 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Probably Bang & Olufsen... Or Clarion.

[–]CesBlazey17 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Alpine- lest we forget

[–]elasticbrain 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Adjust the bass and let the Alpine blast

[–]Franks_friend_Huey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Definitely Alpine.

[–]Putin_Wins 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'd believe that.

[–]flub_n_rub 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Or every oval button... Or the shifter...

[–]FaultyThinking 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I think there's a round (cigarette lighter?) thing just hidden behind the gear stick.

[–]not_perfect_yet 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I don't think there is another curve in this picture,

Rounded edges are a big part of the aesthetic.

[–]jl91569 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A pillar?

[–]here4_pie_and_punch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Weird how they had rounded corners everywhere.

[–]Sweatybballz 54 points55 points  (2 children)

Aircraft-inspired cockpit

The inside of the car had many aircraft-like features such as pod mounted lighting, climate control and wiper controls. The standard tilting-telescoping steering moved the instrument panel to keep it lined up with the steering column when tilting. The shifter was joystick-shaped and had a thumb trigger interlock and "on-demand" four-wheel drive button. The approach to steering wheel adjustment was also seen in the Isuzu Piazza and the Ford Probe introduced earlier in the 1980s. Turbo models featured a sort of artificial horizon orange backlit liquid crystal instrument display with the tachometer, boost indicator, temperature and fuel gauges seen as three-dimensional graphs tilting back out to the horizon. The aircraft cockpit approach reflected influences from Subaru's parent company Fuji Heavy Industries, which also manufactured aircraft, such as the Fuji FA200 Aero Subaru.

The XT was loaded with features rarely found on small cars, such as a turbocharger, a computer-controlled engine and transmission, adjustable height suspension[1] and an optional digital instrument cluster. The air suspension was inspired by various manufacturers who used Hydropneumatic suspension, such as Citroen, and Mercedes-Benz. The XT also had some features found on few other cars, such as an electronic in-dash trip computer, retractable flaps covering the door handles**, and a single wiper blade for the entire windscreen. Pass-through folding rear seats and racing style front seats were standard equipment.

[–]CreepyOrlando 160 points161 points  (10 children)

My uncle had one of these long ago, it was fucking awesome.

[–]NotAnotherNekopan 78 points79 points  (5 children)

The straight lines are just awesome! I love everything about the style of technology in the 80s.

They designed technology around the advances in microprocessors, but the limitations of storage media and display technology. Lots of electromechanical bits, which I can't get enough of.

[–][deleted] 14 points15 points  (4 children)

Can you elaborate? Id say its more accurate to say they designed the tech around microprocessor size limitations, and battery limitations more than anything.

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    [–]Shwifty_Plumbus 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    I think the user was meaning tech in general.

    [–]pinkandpurpleman 4 points5 points  (3 children)

    I found mine a slug with a 5 speed standard and the turbo h4, I cant imagine anything as depressing as owning one with a slushbox like the 4 speed in the OP. My Toyota A70 felt like a supercar after that thing, the 7m was such a beast of an engine to play with as well.

    [–]Plague_of_crocus 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    The evolution from EA to EJ engines was also a huge leap, the NA pulled about as hard as the old turbo.

    [–]beanmosheen 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    Did yours have the key for the speed warning in it? Can't remember if it was just a beeper or a lockout.

    [–]pinkandpurpleman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Neither by the time I got it, I was second owner in an AUSDM though

    [–]PhemtoPhantom 40 points41 points  (11 children)

    Man I love these types of car interiors. Same with a 1985 Datsun 200sx (not as awesome as this one), it's electronic gauges really caught my eye. I was so close to scoring one, but chickened out because of the horror stories I heard about those electronic gauges amongst other things.

    [–]myboybuster 15 points16 points  (5 children)

    300 zx with digi dash was awesome aswell

    [–]vallco 3 points4 points  (4 children)

    Too bad they had a horrible reputation for breaking.

    [–]pinkandpurpleman 4 points5 points  (3 children)

    nightmares from that engine bay as well

    [–]vallco 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    That’s doubly disappointing, as someone who has always wanted one but wasn’t alive yet when they were still new and reliable (enough).

    [–]pinkandpurpleman 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    They certainly have a unique visual flare but from my fellow mates big on jap cars that owned them throughout the late 90s and 2000s they definitely spent a generous amount of time on stands in their garage. Most of them ended up jumping on the Skyline bandwagon for a much cheaper and reliable turbo Nissan 6 banger experience.

    [–]myboybuster 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I have had one for two years and haven’t driven it anywhere but home lol

    [–]HazHonorAndAPenis 10 points11 points  (2 children)

    Door is ajar!

    Door is ajar!

    Door is ajar!




    Headlights are on!

    Had an '84 with the digidash. No regrets.

    [–]IDreamOfSailing 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    I totally heard that in the voice of Roland Backison!

    [–]W1GG3R 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Ah yes, Bitchin' Betty, I remember the day I brought mine home, and almost immediately disabled her.

    [–]birdablaze 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    My dad had a cutlass ciera with electronic gauge and these super plush velvet-ish dark blue seats. I remember thinking it was a nice ride.

    [–]Kootsiak 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    They aren't bad little cars, especially with the bulletproof Buick 3.8L V6. Not the most high performance oriented vehicle, but they are reliable and ride nice, with the V6's (it had 2 different kind of V6's) delivering great low end torque for around town driving and highway cruising.

    [–]TheCheckeredCow[S] 29 points30 points  (2 children)

    My favorite part is how the climate control buttons and such are these pods coming off the steering column, your passengers are sol if they don't like the temp lol

    [–]Hashoni 15 points16 points  (0 children)

    As it should be lol

    [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    My controls are in the middle but my passengers are still sol if they don't like it. I mean, they can ask me, but you don't just adjust my heating. If they do it goes back just to teach them a lesson.

    [–]ArmedWindex 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    The Japanese subtitle says it all - “Concentrate in comfort. Just like the feeling of an airplane pilot.”

    [–]chilliboots 7 points8 points  (1 child)

    Iirc if you lifted the hood it was really neat under there also, it looked like a nuclear reactor to me. The commercial for it was good to.

    [–]areola_cherry_cola 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    There’s something about retro futurism that is so fucking badass

    [–]sileighty6 17 points18 points  (5 children)


    [–]expecto_my_scrotum 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    "at Wilkin's Hyundai and Subaru, we have Hyundai's and Subaru's."

    [–]reduxde 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Nope! Chuck Tesla!

    [–]rightofcenter187 2 points3 points  (2 children)

    A wild /r/regularcarreviews reference? Neat.

    [–]Cornslammer 0 points1 point  (0 children)


    [–]ralfacoppder 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Weebo weebo weebo

    [–]stealthsport 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    1980s japan- buttons for everything. 80 series Landcruiser, oh my god even came with an ice maker.

    [–]YakuzaMachine 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    This is what an Atari would look like if it was a car. I love it.

    [–]jimkiller 6 points7 points  (9 children)

    The windows on this car are atrocious.

    [–]reduxde 7 points8 points  (8 children)

    Also the door is on the wrong side of the steering wheel.

    [–]WatchingStarsCollide 2 points3 points  (1 child)


    [–]reduxde 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    hehe as if anyone wants to hear any more opinions from americans

    [–]JacksMovingFinger 5 points6 points  (5 children)

    Australian model my dude

    [–]TimR31 5 points6 points  (1 child)

    Japan are also RHD, and given the Japanese text on the photo, I'd wager it's JDM

    [–]JacksMovingFinger 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Yeah I realised that after I commented but... didn't care enough to edit it.

    [–]Raynman5 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Which makes it a Subaru Vortex over here

    [–]reduxde 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Australia had cars in the 80s?

    ...I'll show myself out

    [–]asomek 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    This guy ocker's

    [–]suseu 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I’m confused. Those are not someones attractive grandparents.

    [–]Paffmassa 5 points6 points  (2 children)

    Where’s the flux capacitor?

    [–]CanHamRadio 2 points3 points  (0 children)


    [–]RoyceCoolidge 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Erased.......... From existence.

    [–]KO782KO 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Is that a vision test on the dash? Lol

    [–]tohrazul82 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Looks like you get to play Rad Racer while driving.

    [–]ihavecrabs1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    This is almost as good as the Mitsubishi Magna elite.

    [–]nicallica 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Centre of the steering wheel looks like a gun. That's or johnny bravo's hand.

    [–]Fatboy40 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    'member when 'auto reverse' tape decks were cutting edge?

    [–]bitterverses 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    That steering wheel makes me unreasonably angry

    [–]GoochNoob 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Rad racer intensifies

    [–]the_dab_king 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Is it possible to ask for all of that with an auxiliary cord or Bluetooth input?

    If so, my dreams are real and unachievable.

    [–]TheCheckeredCow[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Absolutely my boy, buy your self a aftermarket stereo (ideally one that fits with the interior of this car) and BAM, you have both Bluetooth and a aux jack

    [–]JeffCrossSF 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Center of steering wheel looks like a hand pointing right.

    “The road is that way..”

    [–]CharlieGoodvibe 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Love the "Power Window" plate on the door.

    [–]kaosf 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    These were my favorite cars when they came out. I remember sitting in the back seat, going by the Subaru dealer, and seeing these - can almost see it in slow-mo.. I got to see one up close at this same dealership and just seeing this amazing looking car, with a Subaru emblem, wow - kid's dream come true. Then I noticed the door handles and it all started again..

    My ultimate favorite would have been a black XT-6 with a 5spd and the analog gauges. I know, slightly less 80's, but so awesome..

    My adult version of this dream is the same black XT, but with matching rear fender flares (possibly from an '84 Supra, I dunno) and a 2004-2005 STi drivetrain. I mean can you even imagine?


    [–]0s3ll4 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    Magnificent! But the all time greatest ( if not necessarily the most futuristic) is that of the Lancia Beta Trevi

    [–]wimpyroy 1 point2 points  (1 child)


    [–]reduxde 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    ...but can it beat a Trueno x86 on a downhill mountain course?

    [–]Ambien0wl 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    First car was a Subaru GL-10, sort of a cousin to the XT

    Several years later, worked as a mechanic at a Subaru dealership and had an XT come in for service. The turbo didn't work at all, along with just about everything else.

    I learned then the valuable lesson that overcomplication is a horrible handicap to any engineered machine.

    [–]vikentjejen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I love Japan

    [–]terrybradford 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    If u have ocd your never going to accept that steering wheel

    [–]coolboyyo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I can feel this thing drifting to eurobeat

    [–]statestreetsteve 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    Id love to see a new model of a "retro" car like this that isn't a boxy American muscle car but with tech and modern safety features. Im sure there is a sizable market out there, like all those folks that bought those cube shaped cars.

    [–]pinkandpurpleman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Modern retro futuristic cars always look hideous see pt cruiser, the fj cruiser or how bmw shat on the Mini. Mandated safety requirements on hood height and everything else just make it too hard to get the nice flat sweeping lines that cars had in this period.

    The current generaltions of Toyotas Century or J70 series land cruiser do a pretty good job of it though

    [–]Thsfknguy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    My buddy's mom died in one of these. She hit at an intersection. Was a nice car though

    [–]IRELANDNO1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    That steering wheel would drive me insane!

    [–]QUi2yi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    knight rider meets mcfly

    [–]zmbi3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    In the future we will ride our cars backwards.

    [–]its_poop 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I was just talking about this the other night. I asked my spouse if he had the chance to get one of his old cars back, would he do it?

    I realized with modern technology in cars, I don’t think I will have the desire to go back since they will be missing things that I’ve come to enjoy like power windows & locks, USB connection, seat warmers and a screen for my nav system.

    My parents generation (boomers) had classic cars to nostalgically look back on and many yard and garages were filled with these old cars from the 50s & 60s that were gong to be restored.

    Even now, we still have car clubs and groups that meet at the mall to show off their restored cars. My question is, will our generation also collect old cars from the 80s & 90s like our parents did?

    Is the nostalgia still there? As I said, the lack of technology might be a problem but there could be some of us who start collecting old 1985 Honda’s or something, instead of the 57 Chevys of my dad’s generation.

    [–]Hodgeomatic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    It makes me want to watch Total Recall

    [–]ZeroArchetypes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    That steering wheel looks a bit difficult to hold.

    [–]AintScaredToDie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    British cars ain't.

    [–]throwawaaayoverhere 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    CAPTION TRANSLATION: 'A cozy concentration. It's just like the pleasant feeling of an aeroplane.'

    [–]CesBlazey17 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Lol saw that video randomly two earth days ago

    [–]KnLfey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    That steering wheel is making me angry.

    [–]retroboyuk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I need this car so bad

    [–]prnactor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Why is it upside down?

    [–]yourlocalheathen -2 points-1 points  (12 children)

    That steering wheel is cancer.

    [–]the_original_Retro 7 points8 points  (8 children)

    Nah. It's a gun though. Look closely.

    [–]yourlocalheathen 4 points5 points  (6 children)

    Nah I just meant for driving. There's barely anywhere to put your hams

    [–]ATL28-NE3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    There's like.....300 degrees of places to put your hands.

    [–]VALUABLEDISCOURSE 2 points3 points  (3 children)

    10 and 2?

    [–]yourlocalheathen 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    A traditional wheel would have about 6 more places to rest your hams

    [–]cheesedonutZ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    9 and 3 is actually safer.

    [–]retroboyuk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I prefer one on 12 and one on the handbrake

    [–]biznizexecwat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    They designed a ham storage compartment in the back of the car. Spiral cut, honey-baked, smoked... you got them - they hold them.

    [–]hawkeye18 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Looks like a pop tart

    [–]Suspiciously_Lumpy 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    Press F to pay respects.


    [–]themps 0 points1 point  (4 children)

    Why... Is it in neutral?

    [–]BangLong 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    So the stick isn’t blocking the radio for the shot.

    [–]FloSTEP -2 points-1 points  (2 children)

    E-brake’s not even pulled...

    [–]owmyglans 7 points8 points  (1 child)

    Hate to break it to ya, but there's probably no roof, seats, or much else of a car outside of frame in this picture, let alone an actual transmission or even wheels.

    [–]the_fat_whisperer 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    So the 80's aren't real?

    [–]KureKureciCZ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Oh no, they totally fucked up! The steering wheel is on the other side!

    [–]keyboardbuddhist 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Where’s the nav?

    [–]KinOuttaHer 0 points1 point  (3 children)

    I’m thinking Jackie Chan!

    [–]curebaldness 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    Jackie Chan is not Japanese.

    [–]RoyceCoolidge 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    I'm guessing they're referencing the Cannonball Run movie.

    "anybody speak oriental?"

    [–]KinOuttaHer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Thank you sir, exactly that.

    [–]yottskry -1 points0 points  (0 children)

    The future is automatic? Who knew?

    [–]FightTheFallen -2 points-1 points  (3 children)

    Why is this the steering wheel on the wrong side? The future scares me. /s

    [–]randalpinkfloyd 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    Countries that drive on the left have steering wheels on the right. Not everywhere is America!

    [–]FightTheFallen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I forgot the /s. I apologize.

    [–]FightTheFallen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    That was the point of my joke that no-one got.