Subaru B9 Scrambler

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Subaru B9 Scrambler
SUBARU B9 SCRAMBLER at TMS2003 001.jpg
B9SC displayed at Tokyo Motor Show 2003
Production2003 (concept)
DesignerAndreas Zapatinas
Body and chassis
ClassConcept car
Body style2-door roadster
Engine2.0 L flat 4 turbo gasoline-electric hybrid
Length4,200 mm (165.4 in)
Width1,880 mm (74.0 in)

The Subaru B9 Scrambler (also known as the Subaru B9SC) is an open two-seat concept sports car from Subaru featuring classic styling. It is 4.2 metres (165.4 in) long and powered by a 140 hp (104 kW) gasoline-electric hybrid engine. It was designed by Andreas Zapatinas.


This concept car was first shown in 2003 at the Tokyo Motor Show. It was designed with influence from Subaru's aircraft heritage, with the front end appearing to look like the cross section of an airliner, with a central jet intake and wings.[1] This theme was originally developed for the Subaru B11S which had been exhibited in Spring 2003.[1] The lower panels of the B9 are dent resistant.

Car and Driver speculated the Pontiac Solstice roadster could have been based on the same platform as the B9 Scrambler,[1] as General Motors held a minority stake in Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, from 1999 to 2005.


SSHEV powertrain (TMS 2003)

The automobile features a 2.0 litre flat-4 cylinder hybrid powertrain, which Subaru calls the Sequential Series Hybrid Electric Vehicle (SSHEV). In the SSHEV, the 134 hp (100 kW) electric motor alone is used to move the car up to 80 km/h (50 mph), at which point the 138 hp (103 kW) gasoline engine takes over.[1] Under 80 km/h (50 mph), the gasoline engine may be used to charge the battery or under heavy acceleration.[2] It is Subaru's first hybrid powertrain,[3] and Subaru president Kyoji Takenaka stated that existing conventionally-powered Subaru models required "no modification" to install the SSHEV.[2]

The ride height can be adjusted through a self-leveling air suspension.[3] Front and rear-facing cameras, coupled with a radar system are used in an intelligent cruise control and lane departure warning system.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d Markus, Frank (October 2003). "Subaru B9 Scrambler". Car and Driver. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b Visnic, Bill (4 January 2004). "Curvy Subaru B9SC Roadster Hides Advanced Hybrid Power". Ward's Auto. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b Mathioudakis, Byron (21 October 2003). "Tokyo show: Subaru scrambles for direction". GoAuto. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  4. ^ "2004 Subaru B9 Scrambler Concept". Automobile. 20 November 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2017.

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