Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy

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If you can remember the new 2010 Subaru Legacy and Outback that we showed you a couple of weeks ago then Top Speed’s latest press car should be quite familiar to you, that is because the good folks over at the automotive arm of Fuji Heavy Industries saw fit to let us try out their most luxurious model to date, this 2010 Legacy 3.6 R Limited. Aside our Ruby Red Pearl Legacy ’s rather large horizontally opposed six cylinder engine and stylish 17 inch wheels, the new Legacy is filled with all sorts of creature comforts like a one touch window for the driver, leather wrapped steering wheel, power adjustable driver’s seat and a pair of chrome exhaust tips; the Limited model adds some very supple leather, dual zone climate control and a Harman-Kardon sound system complete with a large navigation screen that will play DVDs when you are in park.

Initial thoughts: 2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6 R

The 3.6 R is the top of the line Legacy, however in this case the “R” stands for relaxed and not for racing and after having a look around the new Legacy we can see why. The fifth generation of the Legacy received a restyling and features a bold new design that features a larger one bar grill and a set of Subaru’s new hawk eye style headlamps and a set of bold fenders. It is also supposed to be the roomiest Legacy ever thanks to a longer wheelbase and the new double wishbone suspension in the back makes for a back seat that you can finally have fun in. Speaking of seats, our Limited model’s came wrapped in some very attractive leather and the wood trim on the dash and doors sets off the darker parts of the interior beautifully.

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Top Speed was invited to a special showing for an up close look at two new Subarus for 2010, the redesigned Legacy sport sedan and Outback wagon. According to the sales sheets more and more new car customers are being handed the keys to a Subaru Subaru because they had the fortune of being one of the few automobile manufacturers to turn a profit last year. Cash For Clunkers certainly didn’t hurt either, doubling their sales last month alone. Although the Japanese automaker’s market share in the U.S. may not be that big of a slice of the pie, rising from 2.2% to 2.5% this year, with a few anticipated improvements they expect to keep that momentum going by offering the right car to the right customer. Subaru plans on doing this by offering a range of new vehicles that meet the right: size, equipment and price requirements of the consumer.

Subaru introduces us to the 2010 Legacy and Outback

Over the course of the afternoon we learned that Fuji Heavy Industries, the automaker’s parent company considers Subaru to be a luxury brand around the world and they are sold at a premium over other Japanese automobiles like Hondas, Toyota Toyota s and Nissan Nissan s in Europe. However the general public doesn’t feel the a same way in this market. In the U.S. Subaru is seen as a niche brand reserved for the rugged duties of snowy northeast winters, but what shoppers fail to realize is that from rainy South Florida summers to the constantly wet Northwest where precipitation is an issue, these are also perfect places for Subaru’s symmetrical all wheel drive to shine.

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For many years the Subaru Technica International team has been the only factory backed racing effort to compete in Japan’s most prestigious form of motorsport when it would team up with the aftermarket parts manufacturer Cusco to campaign an entry into what used to be called the Japanese Grand Touring Car Championship or JGTC. The rules are simple, you need to use the firewall from the factory car, an engine from the manufacturer and that is about it. The race is run similar to an American Le Mans Series race, the competition is broken down into two categories, the bigger GT500 cars are limited to 500 HP while the smaller GT300 class competitors are limited to you guessed it, 300 HP, but they also get to run a few less laps.

Subaru has decided to not only pull the Impreza out of World Rally Championship competition but Super GT as well. At least in this case the Japanese automaker is going to offer a substitution. This Legacy based GT300 racecar looks like a Mercedes Benz DTM car with its wide arches and bright silver paint reflecting the sun during the shakedown run at Fuji Speedway. This is also an advanced look at what the redesigned 2010 Lagacy is going to look like before Frankfurt . The Legacy continues the automaker’s tradition of entering an all wheel drive into the championship, a proving factor for their drivetrain.

Perhaps with this blow, Subaru is only distanceing themselves from their once infamous boy racer image with box fendered and wild winged WRXs being replaced by much more civilized and muscular sport sedans, perhaps next year they will have a WRC Outback .

Source: Speedhunters

The automotive arm of Fuji Heavy Industries has announced that the European versions of the new Subaru Legacy and Outback will make their world debuts at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September and will then go on sale in the summer of 2010.

Subaru Legacy & Outback to debut in Frankfurt

The 2010 Subaru Legacy is being offered in two body styles, the first is a sedan and the second is a wagon. The upcoming Legacy will be powered by either a 2.0 Liter or a 2.5 Liter gas burning boxer engine as well as a 2.0 Liter turbo diesel mill. Both the sedan and wagon will be larger in both length and wheelbase which in turn will provide more legroom for the back seat passengers.

The 2010 Subaru Outback will be offered with a 2.5 Liter gasoline engine and a 2.0 Liter diesel power plant. The top of the line flagship version of the 2010 Subaru Outback model will have a 3.6 Liter flat six under the hood.

Press release after the jump.

After revealing their 2010 Legacy at the New York Auto Show, Subaru has just announced pricing for the all wheel drive sedan. The new generation Legacy will be offered at eight different trim levels and will be priced from $19,995 for the base 2.5i up to $27,995 for the top of the line 3.6R Limited. The base 2.5i is powered by the popular 2.5 Liter four cylinder boxer engine producing 170 HP, the Legacy GT adds a turbocharger to the flat four boosting output up to 265 HP. For those who prefer the linear powerband and added torque of a naturally aspirated engine Subaru is also offering a 3.6 Liter six cylinder making 256 HP.

Ever since the Detroit Auto Show, Subaru has been showing off the Legacy Concept wherever it can. It could be that Subaru is proud of the distinctive sedan, or that it’s still waiting to partner with Toyota for a coupe. Either way the production car should be finally revealed soon.

It’s likely we’ll see the new sedan at the New York Auto Show in April. It should carry much of the concept’s styling, just with some production-ready features, like proper side mirrors. It may even keep the 3.6-liter boxer engine borrowed from the Tribeca. Subaru’s bread-n-butter sedan should be on the roads by this summer, with a wagon version to follow shortly.

Curious how the future Legacy will look like? Take a look at the new Legacy concept revealed by Subaru today at the Detroit Auto Show and you shall make a pretty good idea.

Subaru Legacy Concept

The Legacy Concept features an aggressive front fascia and solid yet expressive body.Sharp design lines carve out a substantial mass as they flow from the hood, across the roof to the trunk, while the sharp body lines project a sense of strength. Wedge-shaped Side Rear Vision Cameras are featured and provide a sense of flow from the momentum of the A-pillar lines. A character line runs from just before the A-pillar and sweeps up to the tail just above the tail-lamps.

Subaru Legacy Concept

It is powered by a 3.6-liter six-cylinder Horizontally-Opposed engine (borrowed from Tribeca). The engine is mated to an AWD system.

The car is finished in a special High-luster “Ultimate Silver” paint and comes with LED lamps, vertical fog lamp and angular air intakes.

Press release after the jump.

Subaru launched today the Legacy Premium Leather Limited edition on the Japanese market. This special edition is based on the Legacy sedan (2.0 GT and 2.5i) and Legacy Outback (2.5i and 2.5XT).

Subaru Legacy Premium Leather Limited

The car has a fancy name that pretty tells it all. No big changes going on: special leather seats, a new pillar trim and a black roof trim; chrome door sills, aluminum pedals, SRS side and curtain airbags and a HDD navigation system. But if Subaru is making it, there must be a market for the car.

This special edition will be available only in Japan; it will be limited to 1000 units with pricing starting from 2,735,250 yen (about $28,000 if you really care).

Subaru will unveil the next generation Legacy in June 2009 to mark the model’s 20th anniversary. The latest rendering comes from a Japanese Magazine.

The 2010 Legacy will feature a larger grille, sharper up-slanting headlights, flared fenders and stronger edges all round.

Under the hood Subaru will place the newly developed 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines, that will develop 200 and 300 hp.

If you want a Legacy, but you are not very happy with the current generation, you might wait for a little while and get the next version of the Legacy. And to make an idea, the Japanese magazine CarTop recently revealed a couple screenshots of what the new sedan might look like.

Subaru Legacy Facelift renderings

But don’t expect something totally new: the front headlights are slightly different (Mazda?) while the rear remains very similar for what appears to be a good old face lift helping the Legacy through a couple more years in Subaru’s line up.

Source: Nihon Car

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