Before you accuse me of profanity, there is a meaning behind the acronym, and in itself there are no expletives. I will explain myself more in a moment, but before that, I would like to narrate some context. As of December 9th, Singapore opens the doors to its 24th annual motor show. Due to the unfortunate timing, having overlapped with CES 2020, the Singapore Motor Show isn't getting the attention that it deserves.
This is a worrying prospect for the future, especially with more carmakers moving away from traditional auto shows in favour of technology conventions, such as the Consumer Electronics Show. However, every once in a while, a company does something so outlandish, that it immediately catches our attention. One such company has quite the statement to make, and it has proved to be quite the surprise, indeed.
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Can you repeat that again?
At the 2020 Singapore Motor Show, Subaru is showing off several cars, including some concepts, and also a refreshed Subaru Impreza. Nonetheless, the highlight of their booth is undoubtedly the Subaru F.U.C.K.S, which is in fact an abbreviation of - the Subaru Forester Ultimate Customized Kit Special edition.
Now, while the F.U.C.K.S is shown at the official Subaru stand, it may have come from "an independent distributor ", according to Carbuzz's interview with a Subaru of America spokesperson. Whether it is from Subaru or not, it can be said that some effort was expensed on it.
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One can imagine how elaborate, and time-consuming it must have been to cobble up a creative name together, without appearing too boring, or too uncanny. Note, that they've strategically chosen which characters to capitalise, as they've left the "e" in "edition" as lowercase, proving that its rather peculiar choice of name must have been intentional.
Is it a good car, at least?
The short answer is - maybe. Something that is made clear, even from far away, is that the F.U.C.K.S was clearly designed to aim at the tuner market, and its name may, or may not be a euphemism for its target audience.
Starting off on the exterior, is still shows the clean, and handsome lines of the Forester that lies below, but is quickly ruined by the gaudy paintwork and bodykit. The blue paint with red striping, is in fact a tribute to the racing cars from Subaru's in-house motorsports division, Subaru Technica International, or STI for short.
However, while the paint may look good on a racing car, with the meaningful play on colours as it zooms past on a racetrack, I can't imagine the embarrassment of a child having their parents show up to school, in a car with that paint scheme. Moreover, while bodykits are functional pieces on high-performance cars, most typical cars don't require one.
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Making the assumption that the F.U.C.K.S has anything similar to a regular Forester's performance, then the bodykit is just for show, and it certainly looks chintzy enough to qualify. From someone living in Malaysia, where I've seen plenty of mini-vans and SUVs put on sharp skirts, extra vents, fake exhausts, and large spoilers - trust me when I say, that this never looks good, not in any condition!
I doubt that the tacky rear-spoiler is useful at all, and with the fake vents strewn across the car, its clear to me that "aerodynamics", and "sportiness" was a design theme, but not engineered into the car itself. Moving along, you'll also notice that much of the glass, either the lights or the windows itself, has been tinted dark.
Another interesting design choice, was the neon yellow-green brake callipers. While this is another traditional STI colour, I don't think it helps to make the F.U.C.K.S look any better. Although, at least the grey 20-inch Enkei wheels look rather nice.
Are there any redeeming qualities?
Well, that is rather difficult to answer, as Subaru, or whoever made the F.U.C.K.S, didn't give much information about the car's specifications, at least not yet. Assuming that its based on a current-generation, Singapore-spec Forester crossover, then it should have at least a 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder Boxer engine, with around 154 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque.
Moving inside, it's rather understated - a relative expression to the exterior. The only flash of "pizzazz", is the blue interior lighting, particularly in the footwell. Otherwise, it's a sportier interior than a regular Forester, with the trim being inspired by Subaru's STI cars. If you've sat in a recent Subaru Impreza STI, then the F.U.C.K.S will feel similar.
Most of the interior's surface area is a combination of leather and Alcantara, which does have a rather premium look to it. Accordingly, whether Subaru themselves had a hand in making the F.U.C.K.S, or not, it does have some Subaru STI branding on the seats and the gear knob, which is further enhanced by the use of red stitching.
In the rear, it does appear as though entertainment was a focus for the F.U.C.K.S as well, with the rear passengers getting a pair of rather large LCD screens. The boot, or trunk, also trades some practicality, by putting a large subwoofer, paired with what appears to be an AMP+DAC set, both enclosed in glass.
There are some reasons as to why smaller car shows, as the one hosted in Singapore, does not attract much attention. Primarily, most of the cars on show are not ingenious concepts, or exciting supercars, but are in fact facelifts and updates to existing models. Considering the large costs associated with making cars in the first place, carmaker's aren't willing to spend big on delivering cars, and setting up large booths around the world.
Consequently, they choose to focus on the larger, more global conventions, such as the Geneva Auto Show, or CES. As such, I'm happy that Subaru, with the F.U.C.K.S, is getting some attention onto the Singapore Motor Show floor. While it's a rather odd choice of naming, at least it's good to know that some carmakers have a sense of humour.
If that's the intent, then good on you, Subaru… you cheeky bastards :-)