High Performance Subaru Legacy Launched | Part Three

Subaru Legacy 3.0R spec.B Sports Tourer

Subaru Legacy

Involving, Interactive Chassis Further Improved

Customers and motoring journalists alike have heaped praise on the new Legacy’s chassis dynamics thanks to its involving steering, natural symmetrical all-wheel drive balance and long-travel suspension with a well damped ride.

Now, the new 3.0R spec.B goes one step further following painstaking fine-tuning.

For example, 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.

Features shared with all new Legacys are a low-centre-of-gravity, horizontally-opposed engine and a sophisticated multi-link rear suspension with especially rigid mountings for extra straight-line stability.

The conventional hydraulic power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering has a special damper valve which reduces kick-back during hard cornering. Meanwhile, response to initial steering movements is enhanced by a new low-hysteresis cannon mount for the steering gearbox.

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Published 11 September 2004 Melanie Carter

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