|Body versions :||Station wagon|
Otto engines :
|Empty weight :||880 kg|
|Previous model||Subaru Pleo|
The Subaru R2 was introduced in Japan on December 8, 2003. The vehicle was inspired by the Subaru R-2 , the kei car model that was produced between 1969 and 1972, and was named as a reference to it. Since the indirect predecessor Subaru Pleo I was too conservative in design, the body shape was rounded off a bit, while the external dimensions largely corresponded to those of the Pleo still offered.
The design of the R2 also reflects the influence of Andreas Zapatinas who previously worked for Alfa Romeo . The R2 had the new aviation-inspired "extended-wing grille" which has now become the new design line and is also used, for example, on the Subaru Tribeca and the following models.
The four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 658 cm³ was available in three versions:
- SOHC (44 kW)
- DOHC AVCS variable valve control (40 kW)
- DOHC with turbocharger and intercooler (R2 STi) (47 kW)
Unlike other Subaru models with a boxer engine , the construction was an in-line engine. For the smaller versions there was either a manual gearbox or a CVT gearbox . The supercharged engine was coupled with a Sportshift version of the CVT transmission ("7-speed ICVT").
In 2006 the R2 got a facelift based on the new Subaru Legacy front styling.
In 2005 the Subaru R1 supplemented the range based on the R2.
The R2 was discontinued in March 2010.