Outback 3.0 R Premium
dates : 20th February 2005
24th February 2005
Subaru Outback is a handsome vehicle, especially in its
three-litre Premium guise. Nevertheless it has somewhat
chunky, unconventional styling typical of this
Designed and built in Japan, it has none of the rather
feminine, flowing lines common to European offerings
from the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
This is a luxury wagon rather than a Sports Utility
Vehicle, and fittingly it has all the fashionable
up-market styling cues, such as clear lens
light-clusters, fog-lamps, and striking seventeen-inch
And beneath the sheet-metal, the Outback has the
mechanical hardware to back up its visual presence.
The naturally-aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine has a
personality quite different to the warbling
four-cylinder offerings from Subaru.
The extra pair of cylinders smooth out the harmonics and
power delivery is ultra-refined.
The internals are sophisticated and include variable
valve-timing, variable valve lift for top-end power, and
drive-by-wire throttle enables tightly controlled
Simplicity is an over-riding theme, even in this Premium
model. The steering column is only adjustable for
height. The seats too are of a rather plain design, with
not much lateral support. But they are
comfortable. Stowage space is good, and being a wagon,
the load area is plentiful.
Like the other models in the Subaru range, the Outback
is about dynamic appeal when all is said and done.
There’s a feeling of rock-solid stability to the
package, effortless power delivery, and a firm but
The seventeen-inch alloy wheels ride on low profile Two
One Five – Fifty Five rubber, so the bias is towards
tarmac rather than the rough stuff.
Suspension is conventional, with MacPherson struts at
the front, a multi-link system at the rear, and
coil-over shocks all round.
But Subaru being Subaru, it has plenty of ground
clearance at over two-hundred millimeters. And of course
the famed all-wheel-drive system comes into its own on
The Three-litre Premium model also comes with electronic
traction and stability aids.
The cheaper two-comma-five litre models in the Outback
range are available with manual transmissions, but the
three-point-naught R Premium comes only with a
five-speed automatic gearbox which includes various
At a hundred-and-eighty kiloWatts, the Subaru is in the
top league in terms of power output in the six-cylinder
Zero to one hundred is claimed at eight and a half
seconds, and top speed at 224 kilometres-per-hour.
It enjoys excellent high-speed road manners, the
steering being communicative and confidence-inspiring.
It lacks the high vantage of a typical luxury SUV, but
its sports wagon stance with a low overall height
imparts excellent stability at higher speeds.
And off the beaten track, it’s equally poised and
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