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OUTSTANDING NEW ‘BOXER’ ENGINE FOR ’06 LEGACY RANGE

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OUTSTANDING NEW ‘BOXER’ ENGINE FOR ’06 LEGACY RANGE

‘Entry-level’ Legacy 2.0 litre boasts new 165 PS four-cam ‘Boxer’ engine
Most powerful in class after pricier new BMW 3 Series
27 PS power boost gives 11 mph top speed hike at 133 mph (saloon)
Returns frugal 41.5 mpg on Extra Urban Cycle
Badged 2.0R and available with new close-ratio manual or auto ‘boxes’
Sporty spec includes 17x7 ins alloy wheels with 215/45 tyres
Involving driving dynamics continue throughout range
Exterior presence and interior quality matches prestige Europeans
Range topping 245 PS Legacy 3.0R spec.B now available as a 5-speed auto
Crossover Outback has 200 mm ground clearance
Standard active front head-restraints, dual-stage front airbags, head and chest-protecting side airbags,
curtain airbags and ABS with EBD
Priced from £16,995 OTR (Legacy 2.0R saloon)
Crisper to drive, cleaner to run and sleeker to look at – the completely new Legacy saloons, Sports Tourers and crossover Outbacks are now aimed unashamedly at leading prestige European marques.

Originally launched for the ’04 model year, the latest Legacy boasts an outstanding new 2.0 litre ‘boxer’ engine which also replaces the previous 2.5 litre.

This new ‘entry level’ Legacy saloon and Sports Tourer – badged 2.0R – is anything but basic and boasts high equipment levels including climate-control, cruise control, front, side and curtain airbags, a leather MOMO steering wheel, 215/45 tyres on 17x7 ins alloy wheels and – of course, Subaru’s acclaimed symmetrical all-wheel drive system.

Not only is the new 165 PS 2.0 litre horizontally-opposed engine the most powerful in its class – after the 168 PS BMW 3 Series unit – but provides a 133 mph top speed for the saloon and 0-60 mph time of 9.2 seconds.

Despite a new close-ratio manual gearbox aimed at exploiting the extra power for livelier acceleration, fuel economy is also outstanding at 41.5 mpg on the Extra Urban Cycle. Meanwhile, emissions of 207 g/km for the manual saloon and

202 g/km for the automatic are also highly competitive.

Other changes for the ’06 model year include the availability of a five-speed automatic transmission for the 3.0R spec.B as an option to the standard six-speed manual.

Simplified ’06 Range
Elsewhere, the range has been simplified with, for example, all 2.5 litre versions dropped apart from the Outback 2.5 which will be available in S or SE trim.

Small visual revisions for ’06 include chrome headlamp reflectors, the deletion of smoked tail lamps for the saloon, a different grille, new wheel centre caps and two new colours – Urban Grey Metallic and Violet Grey Metallic – the former available for all models and the latter for the Legacy only.

Key features of the 151mph 3.0R spec.B are uprated suspension with inverted front struts, a six-speed manual gearbox and 18ins wheels with 215/45 tyres.

Exterior styling for the new Legacy and Outback now has a confident new poise and presence and the interior ambience matches the best the sporting executive sector has to offer.

Meanwhile, the symmetrical all-wheel drive driving dynamics are even more involving than ever, with the horizontally-opposed ‘boxer’ engines and transmissions lowered and chassis and steering thoroughly revised for an outstanding ride and handling combination.

Manual Or Automatic For ’06 Legacy 3.0R spec.B
A ‘flat-six’ 245 PS powerplant is fitted to the Legacy 3.0R spec.B manual and for ’06 onwards the automatic plus the Outback 3.0R auto.

The automatic 3.0 litre models feature a five-speed transmission with ‘sportshift’ sequential manual selection, while the spec.B manual bases its gearbox on the Impreza WRX STi but with 50 per cent of the components changed.

Helping reduce running costs compared to the previous Legacy are better aerodynamics of 0.28 Cd for the saloon and 0.30 Cd for Sports Tourers plus a typical weight reduction of 55 kg.

‘Constant Pulsation’ Exhausts
Also aiding efficiency are many low-friction improvements to the engine and AWD transmission. A new ‘constant pulsation’ exhaust system, for example, provides more power and economy thanks to reduced back pressure. It also produces a new, sweeter-sounding boxer ‘burble’.

Safety enhancements include active front head-restraints which reduce whiplash injuries during rear-end shunts, dual-mode front airbags which inflate according to the severity of the accident and brake and clutch pedals which effectively snap away under severe impact, protecting the driver’s lower limbs.

All Legacy and Outback models now have curtain airbags, side airbags large enough to protect the head and chest and anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD).

In addition, both front seats have quick-reacting pre-tensioners with load-limiters, while the rear seat offers the extra protection of a centre, three-point seatbelt and – for very young children – two outer ISOFIX standard locking devices. This allows the easy fitment – and reduced movement – of a child safety seat.

Subaru UK-inspired security measures range from deadlocks, keyless entry and shielded door locks to a sophisticated Thatcham Category One alarm and immobiliser. These initiatives plus easier-to-repair accident-damage parts should result in competitive insurance premiums.

’06 Legacy Saloon Line-up And Prices (All OTR):
2.0R manual/auto - £16,995/£17,995 2.0RE manual/auto - £18,995/£19,995

(leather trim/sunroof)

3.0R spec.B auto - £27,250 3.0R spec.B manual - £26,900

(plus satellite navigation/SVDC) (plus satellite navigation)

’06 Legacy Sports Tourer Line-Up And Prices (All OTR):

2.0R manual/auto - £17,995/£18,995 2.0RE manual/auto - £19,995/£20,995

(leather trim/sunroof)

3.0R spec.B auto - £28,250 3.0R spec.B manual - £27,900

(plus satellite navigation/SVDC (plus satellite navigation)

’06 Outback Line-Up And Prices (All OTR):

2.5S manual/auto - £20,600/£21,600 2.5i SE manual/auto - £22,900/£23,900

(leather trim/sunroof)

3.0R auto - £26,900 3.0Rn auto - £28,400

(plus SVDC) (plus satellite navigation)

THE ’06 LEGACY AND OUTBACK IN FULL:

New 165 PS Engine For 2.0R Saloon and Sports Tourer
Subaru’s much envied horizontally-opposed ‘boxer’ engine enters a new phase in its development with the new 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated four-cam unit in the new 2.0R saloon and Sports Tourer.

Not only is it the most powerful in its class apart from the 2.0 litre in the considerably more expensive BMW 3 Series but fuel economy and emissions match the less dynamically capable two-wheel drive opposition.

Compared to its predecessor, power leaps from 138 PS at 5,600 rpm to 165 PS at 6,800 rpm while torque stays the same at a useful 137.9 lb ft but at only 3,200 rpm instead of 4,400 rpm.

The result is an especially free-revving unit capable of producing a constantly growing power surge at high revs – useful for high-speed overtaking where the engine feels like it will never ‘run out of breath’.

At the other end of the rev-scale, strong low-speed pulling power linked to an electronically-controlled throttle creates a sprightly take-off from standstill. This muscular torque reduces the need to constantly change gear to maintain brisk progress.

Massive Performance Boost
Top speed for the Legacy 2.0R saloon rises by 11 mph to 133 mph while the 0-60 mph time is slashed from 10.9 seconds to 9.2 seconds. Meanwhile, the Sports Tourer shows similar gains.

A new close-ratio five-speed manual gearbox further exploits the new engine’s free-revving nature, pulling a relatively low 21.0 mph per 1,000 rpm in fifth instead of 23.7 mph/1,000 rpm. The four-speed automatic, which features ‘sport shift’ manual sequential selection, now has a higher final drive which also aids engine response.

Fuel economy is comparable with the two-wheel drive opposition with 41.5 mpg available on the Extra Urban Cycle for the saloon.

Competitor Comparisons
At 165 PS, the new Legacy beats the 2.0 litre Honda Accord’s 153 PS, Toyota Avensis’s 145 PS and Mazda 6’s 139 PS.

Meanwhile, the Subaru’s 41.5 mpg betters the BMW 3 Series which gives 40.9 mpg on the Extra Urban Cycle and closely matches the slower Toyota which records 42.8 mpg.

And a direct comparison with the four-wheel drive Audi A4 1.8 T Quattro makes interesting reading.

The turbocharged Audi manages to produce 161 PS for a top speed of 139 mph and 0-60 mph time of 8.6 seconds but its economy is only 39.2 mpg compared to the Legacy’s 41.5 mpg.

The Audi’s CO2 exhaust emissions are a relatively high 223 g/km compared to the Legacy’s 207 g/km – important for cost-conscious company car drivers wishing to reduce their tax bills.

New 2.0 Litre ‘Boxer’ Engine Highlights
Highlights of the new 165 PS ‘boxer’ engine include twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank (DOHC) and an Active Valve Control System (AVCS). This is a form of variable valve timing ensuring ultimate efficiency regardless of engine speed.

Other measures to raise power and improve exhaust emissions and fuel economy include a secondary air passage for the cylinder head, new fuel-injectors, reprofiled camshafts, new pistons and independent ignition coils for each new iridium sparking plug.

The 1,994 cc all-aluminium engine retains the same 92mm bore and 75mm stroke as before but the compression ratio is now a high – and therefore more efficient 11.1:1.

Confident, Dynamic Exterior With An Interior Ambience To Match
Subaru makes no apology for targeting prestigious European sporting marques with the confident new styling and welcoming soft-touch interior of its new Legacy and Outback – originally launched for the ’04 model year.

All models have a strong presence thanks to a deep grille and projector-headlamps with circular dips further emphasising the low centre-of-gravity of the ‘boxer’ engine.

Body width is increased by 35 mm with a greater curvature to the shoulder area between the door handles and side glass. This, together with wider tracks which ‘flesh-out’ the wheelarches, creates a stable, squat, muscular stance exploited to great effect by certain German manufacturers.

Equally, the front wings have more curvature at their leading edge, while strong bonnet crease lines swoop down to the front bumper. The side view is also dynamic, being more curved from the A-posts back and the 3-D rear tail-lamp treatment is cleaner and fuss-free by avoiding quickly outmoded gimmicks.

Ultra-low Cd figures of 0.28 for the saloon and 0.30 for the Sports Tourer (Outback 0.34) prove the worth of such detailing, helped by special engine undercovers, spoilers and wheel flaps.

Other distinctive Subaru design features are frameless doors and estate side glass which flows uninterrupted rearwards of the A-posts, now capped by a flush-fitting tailgate spoiler. New styling signatures include side indicators embedded in the bottom of the door mirrors and large left and right exhaust tailpipes.

Emphasising their sporty styling, most models have larger wheels and tyres with, for example the Legacy 2.0R now featuring 215/45ZR tyres on 7JJ x 17 ins alloy wheels.

The higher-riding Outback crossover has a cleaner look than the previous model, relying less on body cladding to communicate its toughness and all-terrain ability.

Nevertheless, the bumpers are more substantial and wheelarches have flared protectors linked by side protectors running from sill-height to a lower point than before. This makes the body look deeper and the car chunkier, further emphasising

its rugged design brief. The Outback also has a bigger front grille and different arched bonnet with twin grooves.

Tactile, ‘Surprise And Delight’ Interior
Meanwhile, the interior on all models benefits from soft-touch surfaces with a sporty, quality feel backed by damped stalks and buttons.

For example, the fascia, door trim, roof lining and grab-handles all benefit from new materials with extra padding and texturing after careful study of premium-quality European marques. Colour-matching of the various components is extremely precise for a feeling of harmony.

Equally, the interior design is intended to create a functional, driver-focussed atmosphere with many flush surfaces. The steering wheel is smaller than before and even the 2.0i has sports front seats with supportive side bolsters.

‘Surprise and delight’ items include especially tactile and solid-feeling interior door-pulls and – on turning the ignition key – electro-luminescent instruments which light up and arc round to their maximum settings on the sporty 3.0R and spec.B.

Never a problem on the previous model, interior space is nevertheless increased, with an extra 9 mm of shoulder room, 11 mm of elbow room and front seats which slide 3 mm further forward and 7.5 mm more rearward. In addition, the entire driver’s seat can be lifted 40 mm and the steering wheel now tilts through a 38 mm range.

Lighter, Stronger Body
Unusually for a new model, the new Legacy and Outback have lighter bodies with the weight of most models reduced by around 55 kg. Combined with better aerodynamics and more efficient engines, both performance and economy are improved.

Weight savings are achieved thanks to extensive use of high-strength, high-tensile steel panels. In fact their 45 per cent adoption is the highest ever achieved in a

production car. Also aiding lightness with strength are tailored blanks which are metals of varying thickness, mash-seam-welded together.

In addition, all bonnets are aluminium as are the tailgates on Sports Tourers. This also lowers the polar-moment-of inertia by reducing the weight at the car’s extremities, boosting handling agility. Aluminium is also adopted for the suspension arms and steering support beam.

By only strengthening where needed, body bending rigidity is increased by 14 per cent, body twisting rigidity boosted by 5 per cent and front lateral bending rigidity enhanced by 10 per cent. The front suspension mounts are 30 per cent stronger and certain areas of the rear suspension by as much as 300 per cent.

Subaru considered – then quickly rejected – the adoption of an all-aluminium body. Its application was considered inelegant, extravagant and heavy-handed. Far better, engineers felt, to use multi-materials, precisely matched to different areas of the car.

‘Constant-Pulsation’ For A Sweeter Sound However, one of the most significant changes is a totally new exhaust system which greatly enhances low to mid-speed torque and gives higher power outputs with reduced noise.
Called ‘constant pulsation’, the system uses equal length exhaust pipes which avoids gas flow interference. On four-cylinder models the pipes are of 4-2-1 configuration and on the new 3.0 litre ‘flat six’ they follow a 3-port pattern.

A by-product of ‘constant pulsation’ is a totally new ‘boxer’ engine sound which is still distinctive but lighter and sweeter with reduced low-frequency ‘burble’. The ‘Boxer’ 2.0 And 2.5 Litre Engines
Both 2.0 and 2.5 litre engines are all-alloy, horizontally-opposed four-cylinder units tuned for both strong low and mid-range torque yet blessed with exceptional durability and an ‘unburstable’ ability to rev.

The Legacy’s new 165 PS 2.0 litre engine has already been covered but for the Outback only, the 2.5 litre continues – albeit with efficiency improvements to help it meet Step4 emission regulations.
While the SOHC 2.5 litre matches the new DOHC 2.0 litre’s 165 PS, its torque is naturally greater at 166.7 lb ft at 4,400 rpm. This is deemed more appropriate for a crossover vehicle like the Outback which may be required to tow and perform all-terrain duties.

The 2.5 litre has a bore and stroke of 99.5 x 79 mm for a 2,457 cc swept volume. As fitted now exclusively to the Outback, it gives a top speed of 123 mph in manual form and 122 mph as an automatic while the 0-60 mph times are 9.4 and 10.5 seconds respectively.

Fuel economy is identical for both manual and automatic at 23.0/40.9 and 31.7 mpg on the Urban/Extra Urban and Combined Cycles. The CO2 readings are also the same at a low 210 g/km. This compares to the considerably smaller Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Avant’s 223 g/km.

Silky-Smooth 245 PS Flat-Six For Range-Topping 3.0R spec.B

Most spectacular of all the new ‘boxer’ engines is the 245 PS six-cylinder 3.0 litre unit offered in the Legacy 3.0R spec.B manual and automatic and auto-only Outback.

Developed from the engine fitted to the previous Outback H6-3.0, the new unit is 36 PS more powerful than the original Outback with 11 lb.ft greater pulling power.

Featuring twin overhead camshafts per bank, maximum power is 245 PS at 6,600 rpm with a solid 219 lb.ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. The bore and stroke are 89.2 x 80 mm respectively and the unit runs on a 10.7:1 compression ratio.

When fitted to the automatic Legacy 3.0R spec.B saloon and Sports Tourer, top speed is a stunning 147 mph with 0-60 mph times of 7.9 and 8.0 seconds respectively. The Outback 3.0R has a 139 mph top speed and covers the 0-60 mph dash in 8.1 seconds.

Meanwhile, the manual transmission Legacy 3.0R spec.B saloon has a 151 mph top speed and 0-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds while the Sports Tourer is almost as fast at 145 mph and 6.6 seconds respectively.

Despite their high performance, fuel economy is competitive with, for example, 20.3/38.7 and 29.1 mpg for the automatic Legacy 3.0R spec.B saloon.

Improvements over the previous H6-3.0 engine include Active Valve Control for the intake air plus variable valve lift. The engine also has a fast-response electronic throttle, re-profiled pistons, a lighter, quieter crankshaft and 3-port, 6-2-1 exhaust system which boosts power and lowers emissions.

New, Driver-Focussed Manual And Automatic Transmission
Whether as a manual or automatic, all transmissions have been developed to provide maximum driver involvement – especially the new five-speed automatic fitted to the Legacy and Outback 3.0R models.

This has a sequential mode allowing the driver to shift up or down manually via the lever, providing maximum enjoyment and control such as when travelling swiftly on a winding country road. Its variable AWD torque-split is balanced to provide an initial rear-wheel bias for extra handling agility.

Like the new, lighter four-speed automatic available on the 2.0 and 2.5 litre models, a special sports mode enhances the full-time adaptive control, automatically preventing up-changes during braking.

It also senses when the driver wants rapid acceleration, holding on to the lower gears for longer. As a further aid to driver satisfaction, lateral G-sensors detect severe cornering and again prevent any unwanted up-shifts when in sports mode.

The 2.0 and 2.5 litre models now have new, lighter, quieter and slicker-shifting five-speed manual gearboxes with dual-mass flywheels for smoothness.

The manual’s low-inertia internal components and low-viscosity oil give an even lighter change with enhanced fuel consumption. In addition, the rear differential is a new low-friction design.
As with the previous model, all manual 2.0 and 2.5 litre Legacy Sports Tourers and 2.5 litre Outbacks have a particularly useful dual-range capability permitting five lower alternatives to the standard gears. This can be selected on the move and is appreciated by those towing and in low-speed manoeuvres.

New Six-Speed Close-Ratio Manual Gearbox

Key to the new Legacy 3.0R spec.B’s involving driving experience is a new six-speed close-ratio manual gearbox.

Based on that fitted to the Impreza WRX STi, more than 50 per cent of the parts – such as the casing and gear teeth – are new in order to suit the character of the car.

For example, the clutch and gearchange operations are both lighter, while reduced noise, vibration and harshness give a more relaxed drive.

This has been achieved by using a special honing process which polishes the gear teeth, together with fitting a synchroniser sleeve which reduces engine-induced gearshift vibration.

Even the gear throws are longer compared to the Impreza STi with the aim of matching the weighting of the steering for a feeling of harmony and balance.

Already Outstanding Chassis Thoroughly Revised
Finely-damped, long-travel suspension with low unsprung weight and ‘playful’, interactive handling backed by full-time symmetrical AWD have always been a characteristic of the previous Legacy and Outback.

When launched in 1998, the cars enjoyed a completely new platform with MacPherson strut front and a compact and sophisticated multi-link rear suspension which did not intrude into the load area.

Now, the new model receives a host of improvements aimed at providing outstanding stability and driver involvement, allowing the range to compete with the best of the prestige executive-class competition.

And for the ’06 model year, further fine-tuning has been done to smooth the ride and further sharpen steering response and straight-line stability.

These changes centre around re-valved shock-absorbers and changes to anti-roll bars and spring rates plus strengthened rear sub-frame bushes.

Even lower engine and transmission
For the current Legacy and Outback, the horizontally-opposed engine has been lowered by 22 mm at the front and the front differential centre by 10 mm. This not only reduces the already low centre of gravity but cuts frictional losses and aids refinement by making the AWD drivetrain even straighter.

Wider tracks, lower roll centres
Enhanced cornering grip and reduced body roll are the result of lower front and rear roll centres and wider front and rear tracks. All models have a 35 mm wider front track, while the Legacy saloon has a 35 mm wider rear track with the other models growing by 30 mm.

Reinforced rear suspension mounts
The multi-link rear suspension has revised geometry, a new subframe with more rigid mountings for reduced road noise and greater straight-line stability.

Sharper turn-in, more front-end grip
Even better initial turn-in when entering a bend and greater front-end grip are the results of a thoroughly revised front suspension and steering system.

Front wheel castor has been increased to an unusually large 6 degrees – which keeps the loaded outside wheel more in contact with the road – while a more rigidly-mounted steering box and stronger front cross member make the steering more responsive when initially turned.

The conventional hydraulic power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering has also been modified and now has a special damper valve which reduces kick-back during hard cornering on uneven surfaces.

Increased response to initial steering movements is aided by a new low-hysteresis cannon mount for the steering gearbox plus smaller-diameter steering wheels which are down from 385 mm to 375 mm in diameter.

Other changes include improvements to the multiple-layer front and rear shock-absorbers fitted to all but the 3.0R spec.B which give optimum damping according to speed and road surface, enhancing ride comfort by reducing pitch, sway and float.

Refinement is generally upgraded thanks to lighter, low-friction AWD components with changes to the front driveshafts, differential mountings and propeller shaft.

Bigger wheels and tyres

Most models enjoy larger wheels and tyres compared to the previous Legacy and

Outback which enhance cornering and braking grip and give a sportier appearance.

For example, the Legacy 2.0R boasts 215/45 R 17 tyres on 7 x 17 ins alloys.

For the new 3.0R spec.B, the MacPherson strut front suspension features exclusive inverted struts similar to the Impreza WRX STi. This gives more rigid control of geometry during severe, high-load cornering or while covering bumpy surfaces. As a result, grip and steering feel are both increased.
Bilstein front and rear shock-absorbers are also fitted which improve both roll-resistance and damping sensitivity, giving a smoother, better-controlled ride.

For sharp steering response and reassuring stability, larger, 8JJ x 18 ins wheels are fitted, together with 215/45R18 tyres.

Drastically Improved Braking System
The new Legacy and Outback’s braking system has been drastically improved, being up to 50 per cent more effective.

It follows a complete upgrade which includes a change to the pedal lever ratio and master cylinder which has a reduced diameter and longer stroke. This improves the initial braking force and control of the stroke once the pedal is pressed.

In addition, the new fast-reaction servo is attached to the bulkhead by a new technique using a tie rod which virtually eliminates flexing.

Naturally, all models have the latest four-sensor anti-lock braking systems (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and compact new lightweight sensors for greater accuracy and control. Standard AWD – Naturally
No Subaru would be complete without its rally-honed symmetrical all-wheel drive system which feeds full-time power to all four wheels.

Once either the front or the rear of the car begins to slide, torque is rapidly fed to the axle with the most grip. And in the case of the Outback and new Legacy 3.0R spec.B, the rear axle also has a limited-slip differential, allowing torque to be shared between both rear wheels.

Unlike bulky off-roaders – with their inelegant 4WD systems and power-sapping transfer boxes or certain sport utilities with transverse-mounted engines and gearboxes and, again, inefficient transfer boxes – Subaru’s AWD system is simple and efficient.

Because the ‘boxer’ engine is in-line with the gearbox which is, in turn, in-line with the prop shaft and rear differential, frictional losses are kept to a minimum. In addition, the drive shafts are of equal length for a ‘pure’ division of power.

In addition, on the 3.0R spec.B auto and Outback 3.0R, Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control offers even more active safety – and handling fun.
VDC uses sensors in all four wheels to detect slip. It also relies on sensors to register front to rear G-forces, side-to-side G-forces and steering wheel G-sensors to detect sudden swerves called ‘yaw-rate’.

The result of all this data is for the engine power to be reduced and braking applied to whatever wheel can best help the driver escape a collision.

However, apart from having the option of switching off SVDC, the system is set up to allow ‘playful’ – yet safe – rear-wheel-biased handling for the more experienced driver.

High Equipment Levels Throughout
Every new Subaru Legacy and Outback has generous equipment levels with practical features according to the model’s likely use, such as self-levelling rear suspension and a rear limited-slip differential for Outbacks.

All models – including the entry-level Legacy 2.0R – boast: AWD with ABS and EBD, climate control air-conditioning, cruise control, leather wrapped MOMO steering wheels, speed sensitive intermittent wipers, alloy wheels, radio/CD players, front, side and curtain airbags, four electric windows and remote central-locking with Thatcham Category One alarm/immobiliser.

Other highlights include full leather seat and door trim for Legacy 2.0RE and Outback SE models plus heated front seats, door mirrors and windscreen de-icer, curtain airbags, electrically-powered sun-roofs, cruise control and an 8-way electrically-operated driver’s seat.

The new range-topping Legacy 3.0R spec.B and Outback 3.0R models also have features such as: Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control on autos, rear limited-slip differential, 6-stacker CD system, 8-way electrically-operated front seats, audio controls on steering wheels, electro-luminescent instruments and premium cut-pile carpets.

Supreme Customer Care
Owning a Subaru Legacy or Outback is like being a member of an exclusive club in the UK thanks to a network of around 100 experienced, ‘down to earth’ and approachable dealers.

The warranty itself is one of the best in the industry, offering a three year/60,000 mile

Cover plus three years’ paintwork and now 12 years’ anti-corrosion cover.
This is in addition to three years’ free membership of Subaru Assistance – a comprehensive home and roadside repair and recovery package throughout the UK and Europe, administered by Mondial Assistance.


New Legacy And Outback: Performance And Economy Legacy Saloon Top Speed 0-60 mph
Urban Extra Urban
Combined

2.0R man
133 mph
9.2 sec
23.2
41.5
32.5 mpg

2.0R auto
125 mph
11.2 sec
24.1
42.2
32.5 mpg

3.0R spec.B auto
147 mph
7.9 sec
20.3
38.7
29.1 mpg

3.0R spec.B man
151 mph
6.5 sec
16.0
31.7
23.3 mpg

Legacy Sports Tourer Top Speed 0-60 mph
Urban Extra Urban
Combined

2.0R man
127 mph
9.5 sec
22.8
40.4
31.4 mpg

2.0R auto
120 mph
11.6 sec
23.7
40.4
32.1 mpg

3.0R spec.B auto
147 mph
8.0 sec
20.3
37.7
28.5 mpg

3.0R spec.B

man
145 mph
6.6 sec
15.7
31.7
23.0 mpg

Outback Top Speed 0-60 mph
Urban Extra Urban
Combined

2.5S/SE man
123 mph
9.4 sec
23.0
40.9
31.7 mpg

2.5S/SE auto
122 mph
10.5 sec
23.0
40.9
31.7 mpg

3.0R auto
139 mph
8.1 sec
20.3
37.7
28.5 mpg


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Further Information: Arthur Fairley 0121 522 6059 (Direct Line)

or Trina Brindley 0121 522 6065 (Direct Line)

Subaru releases and pictures can be found in the Subaru section of the Newspress website http://www.newspress.co.uk. Click on ‘Links’, ‘Car manufacturers’ and then Subaru.



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Drove the new 2.0 at the track day at coombe... very clean reving as you would expect with all those valves.... crisp perfomer excellent handling... imho


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