Watch The New Subaru Solterra EV Smoke Forester In Acceleration Test
Customers ask how much will the 2023 Subaru Solterra cost? Or how much range will the Solterra have? And how big is the Solterra? They also ask how fast is the Solterra is or how the Solterra accelerates? The answer about acceleration may surprise you. Last week, Subaru Corporation Solterra Project General Manager, Daisuke Ono, showed just how quick the Solterra EV is.
At the 4:17 mark of the Solterra’s world premiere (YouTube video below), Ono talked about the new EV’s acceleration and showed it testing against a new 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV on Subaru’s test track in Japan.
Both compact SUVs are similar in size, and the Forester weighs 3,449-3,589 lbs depending on trim level. The new Solterra, with its batteries, weighs significantly more at 4,453 lbs.
That makes the Solterra’s acceleration even more impressive. Subaru says the Solterra’s eAxle creates a new dimensional driving that demonstrates maximum torque with a great response at low speeds. Subaru says the Solterra offers driving enjoyment as an EV characterized by a fast start, with a more significant response from the accelerator and seamless acceleration from zero to 60km/h (37 mph).
The new Subaru Solterra overtakes the Forester in acceleration in the video below and beats the similarly sized compact SUV impressively. Both models feature Subaru’s all-wheel-drive hardware, but the Solterra has extra weight with front and rear AC synchronous electric motors and the Lithium-ion battery.
Subaru says there are three drive modes with different acceleration characteristics and drive power. The Solterra comes with Power, Normal, and Eco Modes. The strength of the regenerative brakes can also be controlled with the steering wheel paddle shifters to adjust acceleration characteristics or extend the coasting range.
Subaru says it’s another example of where they ensured the Solterra responds to driver input.
The new Subaru Solterra makes its U.S. debut at LA Auto Show next.
EV shoppers can see the 2023 Subaru Solterra EV at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Friday, November 19, 2021, through Sunday, November 28, 2021. Subaru of America will unveil its first all-electric 2023 Solterra compact SUV in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 17, and streamed live. Stay tuned.
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