High Performance Subaru Legacy Launched | Part Two

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.

Also designed to provide a prestige feel is a clutch control mechanism electronically connected to the accelerator. This stall-resistant electronic control system provides an especially smooth take-off.

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Published 11 September 2004 Melanie Carter

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