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Subaru to celebrate 40 years of Symmetrical All Wheel Drive

By FaezClutchless on 12 Feb 2012

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Many would know about Subaruís symmetrical all wheel drive system. It is featured on many of Subaruís models especially on their turbocharged variants. But did you know that Subaru first used this technology 40 years ago and it was first featured on a station wagon? Subaru will celebrate this achievement by showcasing its past and present symmetrical all wheel drive vehicles at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show next month and the highlight will be the Subaru Leone (pictured above), the first ever model to use their all wheel drive system.

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Ever since Subaru started using the technology on the Leone, they have sold over 11 million vehicles with the symmetrical all wheel drive system which is around 55.7 percent of their total sales. The system provides optimum traction by distributing engine power to all four wheels in a balanced way.

Combined with the companyís horizontally opposed Boxer engine, it produces a perfect symmetrical drivetrain and low centre of gravity. This results in great driving balance and stability. Over the past forty years, the company has done continuous research and development to the technology, suiting the system to a wide variety of applications.

Nowadays, Subaru combines the symmetrical all wheel drive system with various vehicle enhancements such as electronically-controlled variable torque distribution systems, an active torque split, a viscous centre differential, and a new driver-controllable centre differential.

With the recent release of the rear wheel driven BRZ, it came as a surprise to some that Subaruís version of that car did not feature their renowned symmetrical all wheel drive system. Only if that happens, then some would feel that it would be just perfect.

Photo credit: subaru-global.com and Net Car Show

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Mecontle Feb 12 2012 02:39 PM
name a reason for awd on PIE
Crazybugger Feb 12 2012 10:16 PM
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