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Subaru Legacy GT

Broadcast date : 24th December 2006

Subaruís Legacy has been quietly building up a loyal following, and this new model should add to the, well, the legacy.

The 2.5 GT replaces the outgoing 2.0 litre GT, and the extra punch from the bigger motor is backed up by some electronic wizardry.

A third option on Subaru Intellegent Drive is Sport Plus, which sharpens up the mid-range power delivery, for overtaking.

In normal driving the SDI defaults to sports mode, and while power-delivery is pleasant, we have to say it feels a little peaky. Thereís not quite the punch youíd expect from a 2.5 turbo, or say, a nauturally-aspirated BMW 330i, which is this carís natural competitor in the price department.

Detail improvements to the new Legacy include new Xenon lamps on the 2.5 GT and new spots mounted in the bumper. Itís an elegant, if rather unremarkable shape that belies the carís mechanical sophistication.

Subaru refer to the car having a Japanese-fighting-sword profile, despite its size.

We canít help feeling itís time for Subaru to up the visual game. As ever the engineering package is excellent, but the lux-Legacy canít hide its talent under a bushel for too much longer.

Like the rest of the car, the interior is well made, but, as in exterior styling, the trim choice and style package is not up to premium sedan levels as offered by the likes of BMW and particularly Audi.

As for the Subaru Intelligent Drive system, we felt it needed to be run in the high-torque mode, otherwise the engine felt a little lacking on low-down power.

The boxer four-cylinder motor with symmetrical all-wheel-drive, as well as the rock-solid chassis construction makes up for the Legacyís visual effect, which is handsome, but not quite cutting edge.

But then, perhaps thatís what makes a Subaru a Subaru Ė itís what underneath that counts.

Subaru Legacy 2,5 GT
  • Engine: Four-cylinder turbo petrol 2 457 cc
  • Power: 184 kW @ 6 500 rpm
  • Torque 339 Nm @ 3 600 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, all-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 7,5 seconds (estimated)
  • Top speed: 246 km/h (claimed)
  • Fuel consumption: 9,1itres/100 km (estimated)
  • Price: R363 000

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