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2015 - 2017 Subaru Legacy

2015 - 2017 Subaru Legacy
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  • Subaru Legacy
  • Year:
    2015- 2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    flat-4
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    175 @ 5800
  • MPG(Cty):
    26
  • MPG(Hwy):
    36
  • Torque @ RPM:
    174 @ 4000
  • Displacement:
    2.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    135 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    22540
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The sixth-gen sedan boasts new styling and new technology

We first saw hints of the next-gen Legacy at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show when Subaru pulled the covers off of the Legacy concept. Then, in 2014, we finally got to lay eyes on the new Legacy in production form, and boy was it a sight to see. To put it simply, Subaru redesigned the Legacy from the ground up, bringing about a sportier outer shell, coupe-like roof, an aggressive front end, improved aerodynamics, and a fully revamped cabin with more legroom, a larger instrument cluster display, and a completely new infotainment system. Furthermore, the sedan also received updates in the drivetrain department. The same engines carry over, but the four-cylinder offers up more power and torque than before. Needless to say, Subaru wasn’t playing around when it came to updating the Legacy.

As is the standard within the market, the upper trim levels come standard or can be equipped with a host of safety systems that include adaptive cruise control, front collision warning and prevention, blind spot monitoring, and lane change assist, among other things. When tested by the IIHS, models equipped with the EyeSight safety package earned the highest possible rating in frontal crash testing. So, not only is it stylish but pretty safe as well.

So, is the new Subaru Legacy able to keep up with competitors in the market like the Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima? Well, from a glance, it certainly looks that way. But, instead of making that decision for you, scroll down the page to read our full review on the new Legacy and make that decision for yourself.

Updated 05/06/2016: Subaru announced that for the 2017 model year, the Legacy will receive a new "Sport" trim level. Continue reading to learn more about what it brings new to the lineup.

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2018 Subaru Legacy 50th Anniversary Edition

2018 Subaru Legacy 50th Anniversary Edition

A Legacy built to honor Subaru’s legacy

Subaru celebrates 50 years of selling vehicles in America with an appropriately named 50th Anniversary Edition lineup, including the Legacy sedan. Each model receives similar treatments of Heritage Blue paint, satin chrome accents, and an embroidered interior with the unique 50th Anniversary logo.

Subaru is producing a limited number of each anniversary edition model, with the Legacy limited to 1,050. Of those, 800 will be the 2.5i Limited trim, while the other 250 are the 3.6R Limited. Subaru chose to base the 50th Anniversary Edition on the Legacy’s range-topping trim, the Limited, so each example will pack tons of standard equipment and features. Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist package is included, meaning active safety features like adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, and lane keep assist are present. EyeSight also includes the 8.0-inch Starlink infotainment system with navigation, high-beam assist, and LED headlights with steering responsive turning.

Now let’s jump into what makes the 2018 Subaru Legacy 50th Anniversary Edition special.

Continue reading for more information.

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Subaru Unveils Big Batch of Not-So-Special Limited-Edition Cars in Chicago

Subaru Unveils Big Batch of Not-So-Special Limited-Edition Cars in Chicago

Celebrates 50 years in the U.S. with boring lineup

Placed right between Detroit and Geneva, two of the year’s most important automotive events, the Chicago Auto Show is rarely something to write home about. And in recent years it has become the venue where automakers launch many special-edition and limited-edition models. The 2018 even is no exception from this rule and Subaru just showcased eight limited-edition models to celebrate its 50th anniversary on U.S. soil. The lineup includes all but the recently unveiled Ascent crossover: the BRZ, Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, WRX, and WRX STI.

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2018 Subaru Legacy

2018 Subaru Legacy

Mid-cycle facelift adds new convenience and safety tech

Introduced at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, the sixth-generation Subaru Legacy received its mid-cycle facelift exactly three years later, at the same event. Redesigned inside and out, the current Legacy carried over with the same four- and six-cylinder boxer engines, but gained a host of new technologies and active safety features. The facelift leaves a rather soft print on the midsize sedan styling-wise, with the most significant upgrades having been operated in the technology department. The sedan now features better materials, smartphone integration, and new apps, among other features. The revised Legacy arrived just as Subaru of America posted its eighth consecutive year of record-breaking sales.

Although Subaru isn’t the kind of automaker you’d expect to challenge giants like Toyota, Volkswagen, or General Motors, the Japanese firm is definitely on a roll that will lead to biggest investments in brand-new cars in the future. The Legacy is still some three years away from a complete redesign, but needless to say, the four-door is still up for a good battle in this crowded segment. Sure, with the brand-new Camry almost in showrooms and the current Accord setting new benchmarks in the midsize market, the Legacy could use a fresh look and better tech, but it’s not as dated as it seems. Find out how it stacks against competition from Toyota, Honda, Ford, and Nissan in the review below.

Updated 06/23/2017: Subaru revealed prices for the 2018 Legacy that will arrive into retailers this Summer. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Subaru Legacy.

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2015 - 2017 Subaru Legacy

2015 - 2017 Subaru Legacy

The sixth-gen sedan boasts new styling and new technology

We first saw hints of the next-gen Legacy at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show when Subaru pulled the covers off of the Legacy concept. Then, in 2014, we finally got to lay eyes on the new Legacy in production form, and boy was it a sight to see. To put it simply, Subaru redesigned the Legacy from the ground up, bringing about a sportier outer shell, coupe-like roof, an aggressive front end, improved aerodynamics, and a fully revamped cabin with more legroom, a larger instrument cluster display, and a completely new infotainment system. Furthermore, the sedan also received updates in the drivetrain department. The same engines carry over, but the four-cylinder offers up more power and torque than before. Needless to say, Subaru wasn’t playing around when it came to updating the Legacy.

As is the standard within the market, the upper trim levels come standard or can be equipped with a host of safety systems that include adaptive cruise control, front collision warning and prevention, blind spot monitoring, and lane change assist, among other things. When tested by the IIHS, models equipped with the EyeSight safety package earned the highest possible rating in frontal crash testing. So, not only is it stylish but pretty safe as well.

So, is the new Subaru Legacy able to keep up with competitors in the market like the Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima? Well, from a glance, it certainly looks that way. But, instead of making that decision for you, scroll down the page to read our full review on the new Legacy and make that decision for yourself.

Updated 05/06/2016: Subaru announced that for the 2017 model year, the Legacy will receive a new "Sport" trim level. Continue reading to learn more about what it brings new to the lineup.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru Legacy.

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Subaru Skips Super Bowl (Again) In Favor Of Puppy Bowl

Subaru Skips Super Bowl (Again) In Favor Of Puppy Bowl

Subaru has been the Puppy Bowl’s official auto sponsor for the past six years

Subaru has shown a history of eschewing the commercial vortex that is the Super Bowl in favor of its infinitely more adorable alter ego, the Puppy Bowl. So for the sixth straight year, Subaru will serve as the official auto sponsor of Puppy Bowl XII, which will be held on the same day as Super Bowl 50 (February 7, 2016) on the Animal Channel. This year, the Japanese automaker will air five commercials as part of its new "Dog Tested. Dog Approved." campaign.

The ads revolve around the exploits of a family of Labradors and Golden Retrievers, collectively known as the Barkleys. Much like their human counterparts, the Barkleys will deal with the nuances of family life, including trying to put the kiddos to sleep, dealing with rough trips to the salon, and coping with other canine drivers. In the process, the commercials touch on why the company has established itself as the brand of choice for car owners who have pets.

Subaru has always been proud of carrying that pet-friendly label to its name and these ads, coupled with its continuing presence in the Puppy Bowl, shows how far the company will go to show viewers how in touch it is with the importance of being recognized for its love of the domesticated animal world.

All five commercials can now be viewed in their entirety. You can check them out here or visit Subaru of America’s official YouTube channel.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 016 LIVE - "Lots of Live Chaos"

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 016 LIVE - "Lots of Live Chaos"

Hello everyone! I hope you guys have had a great week so far and are very excited for the TopSpeed Podcast. This week is Episode 016 and I have a few surprises for you guys.

At some point in the show, I am going to let everyone know how they can get some cool Gumball 3000 gear. I came home with of lots of stickers, key chains, T-shirts and some other cool swag, and I am going to be giving most of it away. You have to watch or listen to the show to figure out how to get it though.

We are start the show off with Mark and Justin talking about what they have been driving over the last week. That means the Civic Si and the expensive Range Rover Autobigraphy. I meanwhile wax poetically about the V-10 wail of the Lamborghini Gallardo as it bounces off the rev-limiter. You don’t want to miss that part.

For news we discuss the continued recovery of Michael Schumacher, Nissan’s new GT-R based concept car and the possibility of an RX-8 replacement from Mazda. We also fit some Aston Martin news in as well.

We even take the chance to talk a bit about what will be happening at Goodwood.

After the news, we have a few questions to answer from you guys about company collaborations and special edition custom cars like Ferrari’s many SP models.

We wrap up the show with Own, Drive, Burn for a trio of far out supercar concepts.

We hope you guys enjoyed the show. As always, feel free to send us any comments, questions or concerns. We love to hear it all.

See you next week.

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2015 Subaru Legacy - Driven

2015 Subaru Legacy - Driven

The Legacy was a bit of a departure from the Subarus of the past when it rolled onto U.S. dealer lots in 1990. The all-new Legacy featured a new flat-four engine that was more refined and quieter than the automaker’s previous engines and it didn’t have to share the engine bay with the car’s spare tire. Yes, that was a thing. The Legacy’s first generation lasted until 1995 when the second generation took over. The Legacy was new again in 2000, 2004, and 2010 with the third, fourth, and fifth generations, respectively. Despite the changes over the years, the Legacy never lost its “quirkiness;” among which was a standard all-wheel-drive system and a manual transmission option.

Now totally redesigned for its sixth generation, the 2015 Legacy is a new bag of tricks. Subaru has seemingly traded quirkiness for quietness – a sort of yielding to the needs of the mainstream. Gone are the manual transmissions and visceral feelings of driving; replaced by a car better suited to compete with the likes of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

I recently spent a week getting to know this new Subaru inside and out. My particular tester came loaded to the hilt with the most inclusive option package. Decked out in the Limited Trim, the car came with the “Moonroof + Keyless Access & Push-Button Start + Navigation” package. What’s more, under the hood was the optional 3.6-liter flat-six-cylinder engine that powers all four wheels.

Click past the jump for the full review of the all-new 2015 Subaru Legacy

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Subaru Considering a Legacy Turbo Sport Version

With the announcement of the new Subaru Legacy at the Chicago Auto Show, the plucky Japanese company surprised absolutely nobody. The new sedan was less attractive than its preview concept, and the old four-speed automatic has been dumped for the new CVT. So business as usual for the last several new cars to come from Subaru.

Almost every piece of the running gear has remained exactly the same in the transition to a new generation down to the engines and even the wheelbase. If you were expecting new engines, more power or the return of a turbocharged Legacy, you were left with nothing but disappointment. If you believe the team at Car and Driver though, that is all going to change in a few years.

According to C&D’s sources, the current 3.6-liter flat-six will be dumped for a smaller six-cylinder around the mid-cycle refresh. This new engine makes sense, as Subaru is already in the process of getting rid of its older engines for newer more fuel efficient ones, and the new flat-six will see use in the upcoming Outback replacement.

While a new six-cylinder would be nice, the big news is that the new 2.0-liter turbo FA engine found in the 2015 Subaru WRX will also make its way into the engine bay.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Subaru Legacy.

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2013 Subaru Legacy Concept

2013 Subaru Legacy Concept

The current-generation Subaru Legacy was unveiled in 2009 and for the car’s 25th anniversary, Subaru decided to reveal the new generation. Subaru will display a preview of the new model at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, and the production version should arrive sometime in 2014.

As revealed by the concept, the next Legacy will adopt a new exterior appearance, with the company’s latest hexagonal grille and a sharper hawk-eye headlamp design. Also, Subaru promised it will offer plenty of new technology and a more comfortable interior for all four passengers. It also promises to take Subaru’s brand value of "driving enjoyment and peace of mind" to a completely new level.

The new Subaru Legacy Concept will make its official debut on November 20th, 2013 and will be displayed at Subaru’s booth in L.A.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru Legacy Concept.

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Travel: Climb Dance the Summit of Pikes Peak For Just $12 Year-Round

Travel: Climb Dance the Summit of Pikes Peak For Just $12 Year-Round

All this talk of gorgeous HD Point-of-View driving videos reminds me of a knockout drive to share here as part of a travel article.

The four videos show the high-def ascent of the Pikes Peak Toll Road outside Colorado Springs, Colorado. Taken earlier this summer by none other than this grinning goon.

The car of choice for this adventure is the only car for the job, in my opinion. My cherished but battered 2005 https://www.topspeed.com/cars/subar...Subaru Legacy GT manual Wagon.

This is the car that I mention in my bio as currently non-functional in garage ion the updated TopSpeed Team page...

It is still needing a big electronics overhaul to come back to life as spunky as it was when new.

But watching the clouds roll by while the upgraded turbo spins furiously and boost spikes as high as 19 PSI.

Climbing Pikes Peak takes about 45 minutes and costs about $12.00 per car. It is mostly tourists driving very slowly, with double yellow no-passing zones all the way to the top.

But on that rare sunny day, the only things slowing you down are fear of heights and the thin atmosphere at the 14,000-foot crest of the peak.

Click past the jump for the next four videos in this series, in order, going up and coming down the legendary Pikes Peak in all its high-definition glory.

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2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i EyeSight tS

2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i EyeSight tS

Subaru has announced the limited edition 2.5i EyeSight tS. It will be limited to only 300 units and, despite its fancy name, is just a Legacy that is specially customized by STI (Subaru Tecnica International). In Japan, the model is priced at 3,528,000 or about $45,000 at the current exchange rates and will be offered in both sedan and wagon versions.

The model is being offered with special STI front and rear bumpers, a roof spoiler, “STI” and "tS" badges, honeycomb upper and lower grilles, and chrome exhaust tips. The car sits on a set of 18-inch alloy wheels combined with an STI-tuned suspension.

Inside the cabin, STI adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with red contrast stitching, sports seats covered in Alcantara, a "Nick Toro" gear lever and an STI “Start” button. The interior can be ordered in either a black or a titanium gray trim and offers a revised instrument panel with a 260 km/h (161 mph) speedometer.

Under the hood you will find a 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that delivers a total of 173 horsepower and mated to a continuously variable transmission and an all-wheel drive system.

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1986 Subaru Legacy starts after being submerged in lake for three months

1986 Subaru Legacy starts after being submerged in lake for three months

After Top Gear’s numerous tests of the Toyota Hilux and how they could never really and truly kill the car, people finally realized just how well built modern day cars are, specifically Japanese ones despite their generally low prices.

But the car in the following story has to take the crown for the toughest car on the planet. A 1986 Subaru Legacy was recently pulled out of a Finnish lake after sitting at the bottom of this bitterly-cold body of water for three months and, wait for it, managed to start first try.

You can smash a car into as many trees as you want in order to destroy it, but there’s no bigger test than submerging a car for an extended period of time in order to truly test out a car’s build quality.

This particular Subaru was sitting under 12 feet of water and as a result, would have constantly been under significant pressure yet all of the windows remained in tack. Of course, that’s nothing when compared to the car actually starting.

In order to get it started, the Finnish owner extracted the lake water from the gas tank and oil reservoirs, and then doused the ECU with some brake parts cleaner. Before he knew it, the car started right up as did the vast majority of the car’s electronic systems.

It’s safe to say that this Subaru may have created its own Legacy.

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2013 Subaru Legacy

2013 Subaru Legacy

The third model in Subaru’s line-up at the 2012 New York Auto Show - next to the XV Crosstrek and the Outback - will be a revised version of the Legacy sedan. Just like its bigger brother - the 2013 Outback - the new Legacy will feature a revised interior, a new 2.5-liter BOXER engine, and a series of new safety elements.

The 2013 Legacy will be offered in two versions: Legacy 2.5i and Legacy 3.6R. The 2.5i models will be powered by a new 2.5-liter boxer engine that delivers a total of 173 HP and a peak torque of 174 lb-ft, while the 3.6R models will continue with their usual 256 HP 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine.

For the exterior, Subaru is offering new headlights, a new grille, and a new front bumper. The interior gets new seat fabrics and a dark, glossy wood grain trim. Numerous improvements have also been made to the body structure, suspension, and steering.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Subaru Legacy.

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Subaru issues another recall for the 2010 Outback and the 2010 Legacy due to wiring problems

Subaru issues another recall for the 2010 Outback and the 2010 Legacy due to wiring problems

The problems accompanying the 2010 Subaru Legacy and Outback aren’t over, according to the National Highway Safety Administration.

A few months after being recalled for a flawed CVT cooler hose that could potentially crack or split, Subaru has issued another recall for their two models, with this latest issue being a wiring problem in the steering column behind the vehicle’s steering wheel that could develop stress cracks and, in turn, lead to an eventual break. This break could end up shutting down a number of the vehicle’s electrical components, including the cruise and radio controls, paddle shifters, and car horn, in the process.

All in all, over 74,000 models of both the 2010 Outback SUV and the Legacy sedan built between February 16, 2009 and April 12, 2010 are being subjected to the recall.

Owners of the said models are now being requested to get in contact with any of their local Subaru dealerships so in the event their vehicles are covered in the recall, the dealerships can take action and replace any of the defective parts at no cost.

It’s not the kind of news Subaru – or any other automaker – is looking to be attached to, but now that it is, it’s good to know that they’re making the effort in fixing the problem before the situation gets any worse.

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2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT tS

2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT tS

After a year in the making, Subaru’s in-house tuning company STI has unveiled the limited edition Legacy 2.5GT tS (tuned by STI). Based on the 2.5 GT S Package, the 2.5 GT tS will be limited to only 600 units and will be offered in both sedan and touring versions, with prices starting at 4,029,900 Yen (around $44,000) for the sedan and 4,187,400 Yen (around $46,000) for the touring.

The package comes with no power upgrades, but STI said it handles better and looks a lot cooler. The tS models will be distinguished by a front lip and rear spoiler, 18" alloy wheels, a less restrictive muffler, and STi badges. It also gets a revised Bilstein suspension, strut tower bars, and carbon fiber trimming.

For the interior STI offers sport seats dressed in alcantara and leather with contrasting red seams, decorative carbon trim in a titanium finish, STI leather steering wheel, and gearbox lever with red seams and STI-branded floor mats.

The Legacy 2.5GT tS is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat four-cylinder engine that produces 265 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

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Subaru to recall 2010 Legacy sedan and Outback crossover due to faulty CVT cooler hoses

Subaru to recall 2010 Legacy sedan and Outback crossover due to faulty CVT cooler hoses

Japanese automaker Subaru has been tasked by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to have two of their new models - the 2010 Legacy sedan and the Outback crossover - recalled over a flawed CVT cooler hose. It turns out that these CVT cooler hoses are susceptible to cracking or splitting, which could then lead to a fluid leak.

When that happens while the vehicles are being driven, it could potentially turn into a dangerous situation when the vehicle stops and could result in a crash. All in all, the recall is said to affect a total number of 29,443 models in the US with Subaru already informing all model owners to drop by their local Subaru dealerships to have the CVT cooler hoses replaced at no cost.

So, any owners who have either the 2010 Legacy sedan or the Outback crossover that fall under this recall, please can contact Subaru at 1-856-488-8500 to inquire about how to get this situation fixed.

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Subaru Legacy hailed as Japan's Safest Car

Subaru Legacy hailed as Japan’s Safest Car

In a country that produces the most vehicles in the world, being named as the brand with the ’safest car’ for the third time in four years is no small feat. However, that’s the feat Subaru somehow achieved when it’s latest offering, the 2010 Legacy sedan was named by Japan’s New Car Assessment Program.

It’s the third time in four years a Subaru vehicle was given the "Grand Prix 09/10" distinction by the JNCAP, joining the Impreza, which took home the award for Subaru back in 2007, and the Forester, which bagged it in 2008.

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2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT

2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT

The fifth generation Legacy has undergone a complete restyling for 2010 and our Azurite Blue Pearl 2.5 GT features a bold new design that features a larger one bar grill and a set of Subaru’s new hawk eye headlamps. On the outside, aside from the larger 18 inch wheels, the only thing that gives away the GT as a performance model is the functional hood scoop feeding fresh air across the turbocharged Legacy’s intercooler. The 2.5 GT wears the same bulging fenders as the rest of the lineup as well as their signature side skirts that jut out more than down, giving the Legacy a very wide and stable stance. The 2010 Legacy is a nod at the future of automobile design with its sweptback windshield and short trunk overhang that is more aerodynamic than the traditional three box shape.

Subaru considers their products to be premium automobiles, and it shows on the inside. Our Limited trim Legacy came with a very attractive leather wrapped steering wheel as well as supple seats and a dash adorned with sophisticated wood trim that carries over into the door cards. The 2010 Legacy has been completely redesigned in the interest of a roomier interior and the new car is the most spacious and luxurious Subaru sedan to date. Being the sportiest member of the Legacy lineup, the 2.5 GT is powered by a turbocharged version of Subaru’s 2.5 Liter flat four making 265 HP mated to a six speed manual gearbox and is good for a 0 to 60 MPH sprint of only 5.9 seconds.

Legacy fans will be glad to know that Subaru is taking the car road racing in the Japanese Super GT series as a GT300 race car competitor, and once you have a look at the flared four door, you will never look at the new Legacy the same way again. Starting a just under $30,000 our Limited model benefited from a $3,000 power moonroof and navigation system that brought our 2.5 GT’s asking price up to $34,146; not a bad price to pay for so much all wheel drive machine.

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2009 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT VIP Concept

2009 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT VIP Concept

Subaru unveiled at SEMA Show the Legacy 2.5GT VIP ("bippu") Concept. Based on a 2010 2010 Legacy 2.5GT, the concept features a 265-hp turbocharged/intercooled engine teamed exclusively to a new 6-speed manual transmission and the Continuous Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.

The turbo Boxer engine is equipped with custom full engine bay cover, SPT billet oil cap v2.0 and SPT billet battery hold-down v2.0. The concept also gets an air suspension system from Universal Air, 20" MC3 Enterprises Trinidad wheels, hood, bumper faces, sport grille, front and rear under spoilers, HID headlights and fog lights.

The concept’s exterior is painted in Shinjuku Black Plum and adds a chrome trunk garnish and door handles, along with puddle lights.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Subaru Legacy GTk

2010 Subaru Legacy GTk

Subaru revealed today at the SEMA Show the Legacy GTk (k standing from kart) concept - the perfect car for a family day at the track. The Legacy GTk is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged and intercooled engine produces 300 hp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, up from the stock model’s 265 hp and 258 lb.-ft.

The Legacy GTk features a black on red paintwork with front air dam with fog lights, custom window tint and rear diffuser. JAC Products was roped in to work on the roof cargo management hardware while the liftgate spoiler, the midgate spoiler and the blackout-style HID headlights came from a Japanese domestic market (JDM) Legacy.

On the interior there is a Harman/Kardon sound system, STI aluminium pedals and a 7-inch touch screen.

Press release after the jump.

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Initial thoughts: 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Limited

Initial thoughts: 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Limited

We here at Top Speed have received another fun to drive Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Limited into our test fleet. Last time we had a look at the new Legacy we were driving the flagship 3.6 R model that is more about riding around in relaxed comfort whereas the Azurite Blue Pearl 2.5 GT model is what the Japanese automaker refers to as their sporting Legacy. The biggest difference between the two cars is their power train, while the R was powered by a 3.6 Liter flat six cylinder engine that made 256 HP and 247 lb-ft of torque and is connected to a five speed automatic transmission which of course fed Subaru’s Symmetrical All Wheel Drive System. Our new 2010 Legacy 2.5 GT uses Subaru’s familiar 2.5 Liter turbocharged flat four making 265 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque and is shifted with a six speed manual gearbox, the combination is good for a 0 to 60 MPH time of 5.9 seconds. Despite the smaller displacement and being down two cylinders, the addition of a turbocharger more than makes up for the difference while taking a few pounds off the front axle at the same time.

The fifth generation of the Legacy received a restyling for 2010 and features a bold new design that features a larger one bar grill and a set of Subaru’s new hawk eye headlamps. On the outside, aside from the larger 18 inch wheels, the only thing that gives away the GT as a performance model is the functional hood scoop that feeds fresh air to the Legacy’s top mounted intercooler. The 2.5 GT wears the same bulging fenders as the rest of the lineup as well as their signature side skirts that jut out more than down, giving the Legacy a very wide and stable stance. The 2010 Legacy is a nod at the future of automobile design with its sweptback windshield and short trunk overhang that is more aerodynamic than the traditional three box shape.

Subaru considers their products to be premium automobiles, and it shows on the inside. Our Limited trim Legacy came with a very attractive leather wrapped steering wheel as well as supple seats and a dash adorned with sophisticated wood trim that carries over into the door cards. The 2010 Legacy has been completely redesigned in the interest of a roomier interior and the new car is the most spacious and luxurious Subaru sedan to date. Starting a just under $30,000 our Limited model benefited from a $3,000 power moonroof and navigation system that brought our 2.5 GT’s asking price up to $34,146; not a bad price to pay for so much machine.

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2010 Subaru Legacy Sedan

2010 Subaru Legacy Sedan

New sedans usually aren’t that exciting, but Subaru was able to take the Legacy from a concept version at the Geneva Motor Show in March to a production to be shown next week in New York.

We like the Legacy because of the distinction it provides. For those who choose the family sedan, it can sometimes be hard to stick out from the crowd without taking styling to the extreme. The Legacy has always been relatively attractive and is distinctively a Japanese sedan. It’s also sold in numbers in the U.S. that ensure it won’t get lost in the mall parking lot.

When the new Legacy arrives for the 2010 model year, the engine lineup will be improved. The base 2.5-liter boxer four cylinder makes the same 170 hp as in the previous model, but Subaru claims the fuel economy is improved. The turbocharged version of this engine available in the 2.5GT has been raised from 243 hp to 265 hp. The line is now topped by a 3.6-liter six cylinder boxer engine (its the one from the WRX). It offers 11 more hp than the 3.0-liter unit it replaces, and this one runs on regular gas (the 3.0 required premium fuel).

Full details in the press release after the jump.

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2010 Subaru Legacy Tourer

2010 Subaru Legacy Tourer

Two decades after the first Legacy rolled off the assembly line; the Japanese automaker Subaru is introducing the next generation of their flagship wagon, the Legacy Tourer for the U.K. The touring model is based on the stylish fifth generation Legacy with its winged front grill, hawk eye headlights and sculpted arches. Now while this practical Legacy looks a lot like the Outback here in the U.S. you should take note that where the rugged SUV alternative wears a two tone paint scheme and a set of bulky looking bumpers. Whereas the Legacy Tourer is wrapped with only one coat of color and has the same aggressively shaped bumpers as the regular Legacy hanging off of either end. The Legacy Tourer is already on sale, with prices starting at £23,295 for the diesel burning 2.0D S and climb all the way up to £27,295 for the CVT equipped 2.5i SE NavPlus Lineartronic model.

Being a Subaru, every Legacy Tourer is powered by a horizontally opposed boxer engine connected to a symmetrical all wheel drive system that makes for a surprisingly sporty driving experience. Subaru U.K. believes that the most popular Legacy Tourer will be the diesel powered 2.0 D that accelerates from 0 to 60 MPH in a very efficient 9.6 seconds and can hit a top speed of 120 MPH. While the performance figures don’t seem too impressive, it is astounding that the full size luxury wagon is able to get and average of 46.3 MPG.

The more traditional 2.5 Liter flat four gas burning power plant makes a total of 165 HP and 169 lb-ft of torque by taking advantage of Subaru’s new i-AVLS, active valve lift system to help the internal combustion engine breathe a bit easier. The petrol model also benefits from Suabru’s recently developed chain driven Lineartronic continuously variable transmission that propels it from 0 to 60 MPH in a lofty 10.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 120 MPH. So no matter which kind of Legacy Tourer you choose, you will be getting a solid and practical ride.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6 R

2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6 R

The 2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6 R Limited is an excellent import, any consumer who fails to recognize the niche market Japanese automaker’s latest mid size four door sedan as a viable option when shopping for a new car are seriously missing out. This Ruby Red Pearl 3.6 R Limited is the automaker’s top of the line Legacy, and a pleasant surprise from the all wheel drive automaker is just how luxurious their flagship sedan can be. Subaru is an automaker that we would traditionally relate with Gran Turismo and the World Rally Championship, but in this case the “R” is meant less as a nod towards a high performance racing model, but is more likely to stand for the new Legacy’s relaxed attitude. However that doesn’t mean that the new Legacy isn’t going racing, in fact it is already a GT300 race car, and once you have a look at the flared four door, you will never look at another new Legacy the same way again.

The all new 2010 Subaru Legacy wears a set of the automaker’s aerodynamic hawk eye headlamps up front, stylish 17 inch wheels underneath a set of curvaceously contoured flared fenders, a redesigned rear suspension that makes a more spacious rear bench while under the hood of our 3.6 R is a rather large horizontally opposed six cylinder engine. The 3.6 Liter boxer engine makes a total of 256 HP and 247 lb-ft of torque while getting and EPA estimated 18 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway using regular grade gasoline.

One interesting feature of the Legacy 3.6 R is that the flat six engine is only available with a 5 speed automatic transmission that has been beefed up to work with the flatter torque curve from the bigger power plant. Our 2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6 R came well equipped, and would have set us back somewhere around $31,000. If you ask us, that is a great price to pay for such a relaxed all wheel drive sedan experience.

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Initial thoughts: 2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6 R

Initial thoughts: 2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6 R

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.

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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Subaru introduces us to the 2010 Legacy and Outback

Subaru introduces us to the 2010 Legacy and Outback

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 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.

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, Toyotas and Nissans 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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Video: Subaru Legacy GT300 racecar at Fuji

Video: Subaru Legacy GT300 racecar at Fuji

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.

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Subaru Legacy & Outback to debut in Frankfurt

Subaru Legacy & Outback to debut in Frankfurt

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.

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.

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2010 Subaru Legacy can be yours for under $20,000

2010 Subaru Legacy can be yours for under $20,000

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.

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Next generation Legacy to debut in New York

Next generation Legacy to debut in New York

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.

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2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

2009 Subaru Legacy Concept

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.

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.

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.

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2008 Subaru Legacy Premium Leather Limited

2008 Subaru Legacy Premium Leather Limited

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).

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).

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2010 Subaru Legacy renderings

2010 Subaru Legacy renderings

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.

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Subaru Legacy Facelift renderings

Subaru Legacy Facelift renderings

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.

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.

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New generation Subaru Legacy coming in 2010

New generation Subaru Legacy coming in 2010

Subaru will unveil the next generation Legacy in mid-2009, to mark the 20th anniversary of the model. Set for June 2009 launch, the fifth-generation Legacy will take its predecessor’s exterior and add a larger grille, sharper up-slanting headlights, flared fenders and stronger edges all round.

The 2010 Legacy will be powered by newly developed 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines. The 2.0-liter naturally aspirated unit is expected to generate 200 horsepower while the 2.5-liter turbo model will produce over 300 hp.

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2008 Subaru Legacy STI "S402" Limited Edition

2008 Subaru Legacy STI "S402" Limited Edition

Subaru Japan today launched a new special edition, the Legacy STI S402 Sedan and Station Wagon that will go on sale starting June June 27. The Subaru Legacy STI S402 price starts at 5,491,500 yen for the station wagon version and 5.355 million yen for the sedan.

The STI S402 is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer engine that delivers 282Hp at 5,600 rpm and torque to 392 Nm (available between 2,000 and 4,800 rpm). The engine is mated by a six-speed manual gearbox.

The special edition STI S402 features SI-DRIVE (SUBARU Intelligent Drive) system, BILSTEIN suspension, Brembo brakes, carbon-fiber front spoiler and 18-inch BBS alloys wheels. On the interior the S402 features a black and dark gray color scheme, leather front bucket seats, MOMO steering wheel and "S402" plates.

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2008 Subaru Legacy 2.0D and Outback 2.0D

2008 Subaru Legacy 2.0D and Outback 2.0D

Subaru announced today the major features exhibit at the 78th Geneva International Motor Show: the Subaru Legacy and the Outback powered by the company’s unique Subaru Boxer Diesel and due to be released into the European market ahead of other parts of the world.

Next to them Subaru will also exhibit the new Subaru Forester, which will make a debut in Europe, the Subaru G4e Concept and the Subaru R1e electric vehicles.

The Boxer Engine has a displacement of 1998 cc, a maximum power of 147 hp and a peak torque of 350 Nm. The CO2 emissions is of only 148 g/km.

the Subaru Boxer Diesel is mated with Subaru’s unique symmetrical AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) to achieve driving performance standards only Subaru is capable of. These standards include high-level stability and outstanding acceleration thanks to powerful low- and medium-speed torque.

Press release after the jump.

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Bye-bye Subaru Legacy wagon

Bye-bye Subaru Legacy wagon

Subaru is discontinuing the Legacy wagon.
The idea is to end product confusion.
The Legacy and Outback have both been sold as sedans and wagons. For 2008, the Legacy will be a sedan. The Outback will be the wagon.
Subaru has concluded that buyers who considered the Outback wagon didn’t consider the Legacy wagon, and that the Outback and Legacy versions of the sedan appear indistinguishable. Figuring out where the Outback Sport fits into all of this exceeds the capacity of even the (...)

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2007 Subaru Legacy tuned by DAMD

2007 Subaru Legacy tuned by DAMD

DAMD is a tuning company specialized in Japanese cars, so all the Honda’s, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Toyota and other cars from that region were prepared by them.
But now was the time for some Subaru. So the BlackXMetal range has just been extended with an already very sporty car under the hood. The new Subaru Legacy Tourer. The designers at DAMD have created an exterior package in order to balance this high performance with stunning good looks
A new front bumper was feeted with more (...)

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2007 Subaru Legacy and Outback - Highest Ratings in NHTSA NCAP Crash Tests

2007 Subaru Legacy and Outback - Highest Ratings in NHTSA NCAP Crash Tests

Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that the 2007 Subaru Legacy and Outback earned the highest rating in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash tests. The Subaru Legacy and Outback received five stars in both the frontal and side-impact crash tests for all seating positions.
"Subaru customers have come to expect the highest level of safety in their vehicles," said Thomas J. Doll, (...)

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Attention Subaru: Bring Legacy STI to USA

Attention Subaru: Bring Legacy STI to USA

Subaru enthusiasts would agree with me on this one: at some Subaru must bring the Subaru Legacy STI to the United States. Subaru’s Vice President Tomohiro Ishitobi assures us that they plan to "widen there Sti’s offerings in the United States." Which will come first though : the Forest STI or the Legacy STI?
Judging by the recent sales of the Subaru Legacy STI vehicle in Japan, which sold faster than a Nintendo Wii with 600 copies all accounted for within the first month of January, (...)

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2008 Subaru Legacy and Outback

2008 Subaru Legacy and Outback

Subaru of America today presented the North American debut of its re-designed 2008 Subaru Legacy and Outback models, at the 2007 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall. Subaru also debuted its new flagship sedan model, the Subaru Legacy 3.0 R Limited, a first-ever 6-cylinder Legacy model for the North American market.

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Top ten Quickest Cars of 2007 between $25K-$30K

Top ten Quickest Cars of 2007 between $25K-$30K

Have you believed that for a car that has a great top speed you have to pay millions of dollars? Well no, you are wrong! You can buy a car with a very good top speed and pay between $25000 and $30000.
Ties were settled first by quarter-mile time, then by which was quicker to the highest speed both cars achieved (usually 120 or 130 mph), in that order. Most cars at this price point offer basic luxury or at least decent amenities and looks in addition to speed, as buck-banger boy-racer (...)

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The Next Patrol Vehicle You See May be a Subaru

The Next Patrol Vehicle You See May be a Subaru

As drivers in Kitsap County hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, there won’t be a new Sheriff in town, but there will be a new vehicle for the Sheriff in town. At a public ceremony today in Port Orchard, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) and Subaru will unveil their latest effort in working together to enhance traffic safety.
With assistance from WTSC, the Peninsula Subaru Dealership and the Subaru Northwest Region, the Sheriff’s Office will (...)

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Subaru Legacy and Outback facelift

Subaru Legacy and Outback facelift

Fuji Heavy Industries Introduces a Facelift of Subaru Legacy Series Tokyo, May 24, 2006 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), a global manufacturer of transportation and aerospace-related products and the maker of Subaru automobiles, today announced the introduction of its new Subaru Legacy models in Japan. The facelift series went on sale nationwide through its Subaru dealerships today.
The new Legacy has gone through attention-to-detail exterior design changes, refining its streamlined (...)

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Facelift Subaru Legacy 2007

Facelift Subaru Legacy 2007

The time of releasing the face-lift of the new Legacy 2007 is getting closer. The introduction in Europe, Japan and Australia will be around the Summer this year.

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2007 Subaru Legacy

2007 Subaru Legacy

Subaru of America, Inc., America’s All- Wheel Drive leader, today unveiled the 2007 Legacy 2.5 GT spec.B performance sedan at the New York International Auto Show. The introduction spotlights Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-Drive), a key new technology that enhances driving engagement by allowing the driver to select the level of engine performance.

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