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Subaru Introduces All-New 250-Horsepower Legacy(R) 2.5 GT for 2005; Turbocharged Sedan and Wagon Spearhead Fourth-Generation Legacy Line Monday January 5, 3:20 pm ET DETROIT, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc., the only car company that provides Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as standard equipment on every vehicle in its product line, has introduced the 2005 Legacy 2.5 GT Sedan and Wagon. The most powerful Legacy ever offered in the U.S. market, the 2005 Legacy 2.5 GT is powered by a new 250-horsepower intercooled / turbocharged boxer engine. (Photo: [url]http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040105/PHM012A[/url] ) The 2005 Legacy 2.5 GT will lead a thoroughly revised model line that will include the Legacy 2.5 GT Limited Sedan and Wagon, which feature additional luxury content. Legacy 2.5i and Legacy 2.5i Limited models, both available as a sedan and wagon, are powered by a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter boxer engine that provides enhanced response for 2005. With a distinctive fusion of style, performance and function, Legacy 2.5 GT will deliver on the promise of a premium driving performance experience. "The 2005 Legacy 2.5 GT is designed to provide the kind of `sensuous performance' that truly sets it apart from mainstream models," said Fred Adcock, Executive Vice President, Subaru of America, Inc. "Legacy 2.5 GT has been designed to give the driver the kind of power, performance and control that instills premium performance cars with distinct and memorable brand identity," he added. Built on a new version of the company's proven Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame safety structure, the 2005 Legacy models will feature as standard equipment side impact air bags, new side curtain air bags and new intelligent dual-stage deployment front air bags. Subaru designed the fourth-generation Legacy to express its more dynamic performance and nimbleness. The pronounced wedge body shape conveys a low and stable presence, accentuated by aerodynamic side ground effects and standard 17-inch alloy wheels on Legacy 2.5 GT and 16-inch alloy wheels on other Legacy models. The wheelbase of the 2005 Legacy has been increased from 104.3 inches to 105.1 inches and overall length has been increased by just under two inches for the sedan and wagon models. The sedan registers a coefficient of drag (Cd) of 0.28 and the wagon 0.30. A functional hood scoop supplies outside air to the engine-mounted intercooler. High-Performance Intercooled / Turbocharged Engine The 2005 Legacy 2.5 GT is powered by an intercooled and turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine featuring Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable valve timing technology. The engine produces 250 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm and 250 lb-ft. of peak torque @ 3,600 rpm. The 2005 Legacy 2.5 GT will offer a choice between a smooth-shifting 5-speed manual transmission or an all-new 5-speed electronic direct control automatic transmission with the SPORTSHIFT feature for manual control when desired. The driver can choose to shift manually using the console shift handle or shift buttons on the MOMO®-designed steering wheel. Performance-Bred Chassis A new, stiffer unitized body structure makes greater use of aluminum and high-strength steel, as well as advanced construction techniques including hydroforming and tailored-blank welding. Suspension, braking and steering have been optimized to complement the powertrain performance in Legacy 2.5 GT. The proven MacPherson type strut front suspension uses all new components, including aluminum lower L-arms that reduce unsprung weight. The multilink rear suspension attaches to a new, hydroformed steel sub-frame for added rigidity. A wider track and revised geometry enhance handling and stability. A 4-wheel disc Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) is standard equipment on all 2005 Legacy models. Legacy 2.5 GT features larger front brake rotors than other Legacy models, as well as ventilated rear discs (solid discs on other models). Legacy 2.5 GT models roll on standard 17 x 7-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 215/45 R17 all-season tires. The rack-and-pinion steering system has been redesigned for quicker response, greater precision and improved feel. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru offers three different Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive systems in the 2005 Legacy models, each tailored to the type of transmission. With the 5-speed manual transmission, the system uses a viscous-coupling locking center differential to distribute the power 50/50 front to rear. Slippage at either set of wheels will send more power to the other set of wheels. Legacy 2.5 GT models equipped with the optional 5-speed automatic transmission use a system called Variable Torque Distribution (VTD). A planetary center differential works with an electronically controlled continuously variable hydraulic transfer clutch to manage power distribution. The system normally sends more power to the rear wheels to enhance handling agility, and it continuously adjusts the power distribution in response to driving and road conditions. Legacy 2.5i and Legacy 2.5i Limited models will offer an optional 4-speed automatic transmission, with an AWD system that uses an electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch to actively control power distribution in response to driving conditions. All-New Interior Designed for True Grand Touring The new Legacy interior design integrates the entire area from the instrument panel and large center panel to the console storage box. The sporty new four-dial instrument panel features an electroluminescent LED (light-emitting diode) gauge display in Legacy 2.5 GT. Standard equipment for the 2005 Legacy 2.5 GT includes a dual-zone automatic climate control system, a combination digital clock and trip computer, performance-design front seats with 4-stage heating and heated exterior mirrors. The standard audio system includes a 120-watt AM/FM stereo, a 6-disc in-dash CD changer and six speakers. Legacy 2.5 GT Limited models add leather-trimmed upholstery, an 8-way power driver's seat and a 4-way power passenger seat. A glass power moonroof is standard on all Legacy GT Limited and Legacy 2.5i Limited models. The dual-panel moonroof on wagon models provides a single large opening when the tilt-up front section and retracting rear section are opened.
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I'm in the same boat. I really enjoy my current WRX (and its modded 300+hp), but want the posh leather and DVD navigation the Legacy offers. Im most like going to hold out until the 2006 model year to see if they make sneak over a more powerful engine. It also gives the performance community some time to tinker and get mods available. Is it the same 2.5 as the US Sti?
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It's my understanding that the Turbo Forrester engine has the same internals as the STi but different Turbo, Intercooler, ECU, Exhaust etc. I'm therefore assuming that the Turbo Legacy 2.5 is kind of a middle ground between the 210hp of the XT and the 300hp STi. Check this out: [/url]www.need-desire.com[url] Notice the reference to Reinforced 5 speed transmission[/url]
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[quote name='Tide']Im most like going to hold out until the 2006 model year to see if they make sneak over a more powerful engine. [/quote] It's also not a bad idea to wait for the second model year in order to clear up any teething problems. I made the mistake of buying a 2000 Volvo V40 (first US model year) big bloody trouble.
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[quote name='Tide']I'm in the same boat. I really enjoy my current WRX (and its modded 300+hp), but want the posh leather and DVD navigation the Legacy offers. Im most like going to hold out until the 2006 model year to see if they make sneak over a more powerful engine. It also gives the performance community some time to tinker and get mods available. Is it the same 2.5 as the US Sti?[/quote] In regards power one should remember the power curve and not just worry about peak power. I doubt that Subaru will ever produce a Legacy Sti with more power than the Sti. 6 speed is very likely though.
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[quote name='Gumby'] It's also not a bad idea to wait for the second model year in order to clear up any teething problems. I made the mistake of buying a 2000 Volvo V40 (first US model year) big bloody trouble.[/quote] The Japanese don't seem to suffer from this prob as designs are more evolutionary.
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[quote name='sti_owner']Well, no reason to sell the STI yet. Maybe in another two years they'll see there is a market for a 320 HP Legacy. :)[/quote] Subaru currently view the WRX Sti to be the flagship performance model so that seems unlikely. Unless u see a 320hp WRX Sti come out :D
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i personally dont think SOA will modify things for 06 model maybe just little things like add one more cup holder or something but nothin big...(they never done that before)

Perrin BIG maf intake

Perrin Turbo Inlet

HKS SSQV BOV

Megan Racing header with UP (ceramic coated)

HKS DP (WRX)

DMH E-cutout

Custom 3" catback

UTEC

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Many of the new Volvo S60 R/V70 R owners are in that same disappointing boat as the RX-8 customers are. They have a wide range of true horsepower numbers (mainly the AT models...GearTronic), and many of the cars have a lower limited top speed (130) than Volvo advertised top speed (155). Not a very good way to luanch a new HIGH priced product line ($42,000 to $49,000 current selling price range depending on options list). I was all ready to dump my IS 300 (not enough power...otherwise very good car) and buy the S60 R, but reading all the tech problems had me start doing more research...then I find out about the Legacy GT...SWEEEET! :shock: BTW, yes Tide in a 3200 lbs car 250/250 is very good!!! 8)
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That might not be the case, the Forester XT dynos MUCH higher than it's advertised HP. If this car dynos higher too then it's obvious that Subaru is trying to keep it's product lines marketable. It's hard to justify spending $30K for the STi if you could get that kind of power in a $27K sedan or wagon. Not saying this is the case, but it makes sense in some respects. The XT dynos a good 20-30 HP more than it's advertised HP. Makes you think about what this legacy is capable of.
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[quote name='team23jordan']i personally dont think SOA will modify things for 06 model maybe just little things like add one more cup holder or something but nothin big...(they never done that before)[/quote] but they may hint at the possibility of an STi version in the future, much like they did w/ the STi Impreza. I think that's what he's getting at. dR
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[quote name='Dr. Zevil'] The XT dynos a good 20-30 HP more than it's advertised HP. Makes you think about what this legacy is capable of.[/quote] And when we get detailed engine specs we'll know more. The XT runs 11.6 PSI of boost on the same Turbo as the WRX, the new Legacy press release claims it runs 13.5 psi but on what turbo :?: If it's the same turbo then >250 makes sense assuming all other things are equal.
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the WRX TD-04L isn't really capable of pushing much more than 300 crank on the 2.0L. and that's already pushing it's efficiency range and life pretty hard. i'm hoping they are going with an IHI series. lot more upside potential, and a lot more bolt on options. :D the mitsu turbos are all frankensteins now.
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Just wanted to say hey. I'm from the NASIOC board, where the new Legacy is the topic of much contentious debate, which is why I'm here. :lol: Now, sales of the Legacy GT will do much for the possibility of a Legacy STi, just as the excellent sales of the WRX helped seal the deal for an Impreza STi. The rumors of a 320hp, turbocharged H6 car are precisely that. The JDM STi Legacy doesn't make much more horsepower than their 280hp Legacy, but it is the brake and suspension settings that make the mojo work for that car. If we do see an STi Legacy, it will probably make about as much horsepower as the Impreza STi, but in a larger, more luxe package. But as it will be sedan only, my 2005 Legacy GT wagon (silver, please) and I will wave whenever we see a Legacy STi. There has been some speculative extrapolation regarding the 250hp figure, based on (again unknown) weight figures, etc, that put the horsepower at more like 280, and torque somewhere north of 250. Who knows, and who will know until we get to look at, and drive the beast. Kevin
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Kevin! 'sup, I have seen you post quite a bit on NASIOC. I was waiting to see some of the Legacy freaks to make thier way over here! Good to see you made it. To anyone who doesn't know Kevin he is one of the sensible ones on the other board! Very cool...
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