Subaru R-2 is a car that was manufactured by Subaru automobile company (formerly Fuji Heavy Industries) from 1969 to 1972 when the production of the R-2 ceased. In late 2003, the production of the Subaru R2 commenced with its inspiration taken from the previous models. To follow the footsteps of the 5-door 4-seater R2, Subaru produced the Subaru R1 in early 2005 which was a 3-door 4-seater version of the R2 that featured a shorter wheelbase of 2195mm (R2 wheelbase is 2360 mm) and body designed to fit in the Japanese kei small car bracket. The R1 did not use up the maximum allowed length of the kei car regulations, making it the only recent model to have done so since 1989.
The R1 and R2 feature a uniquely aviation-inspired spread wings grille at the front.
2005 Subaru R2
2005 Subaru R1
Unlike most of the Subarus that use horizontally opposed (boxer) engines, the R2 and R1 use inline engines. The R2 and R1 are equipped with an inline four-cylinder 0.7L EN07 engine. This engine comes in three tunes, the “I” which comes with the EN07U SOHC has one camshaft (8 valves) and produces 34 KW (46HP), the “R” which comes with the EN07D DOHC (16-valve) engine with AVCS that produces 40 KW (54 HP) and the “S” or “STi” which comes with the EN07X DOHC supercharger (intercooler and turbocharger) that produces 47 KW (63 HP). These engines were mated with either a continuously variable i-CVT v-belt variator, an automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.
Underneath the R2 and R1 are fitted with front McPherson suspension and at the rear feature semi-independent (couple trailing) rear arms. With these suspensions, the R2/R1 can easily swallow bumps on the road while providing a greater and comfortable drive.
Subaru gave great attention to safety on the R2/R1 with standard safety features such as seat belts with pretensioners, airbags, emergency brake assist system, electronic brake distribution (EBD), and ABS.
Externally, the R1/R2 feature drop-shaped xenon headlights, air intakes in different shapes, aviation-inspired front grille, 11 colors to choose from, discolored side direction indicators, an aggressive made front bumper, tinted rear and tailgate glasses and front fog lights.
The interior features an audio system with mini-disk/CD player, cup holders for front and rear passengers, child seat fasteners, folding mirrors, folding rear seats, an extended roof resulting in a comfortable drive, and new head restraints for great safety.
The R1 and R2 are available in either FWD or AWD.