The New Legacy And Outback

New Legacy 3.0R

 

  • On sale in November from £15,750 OTR (Legacy 2.0i saloon)
  • Even more involving driving dynamics
  • Horizontally-opposed boxer engine and all-wheel drive transmission lowered, chassis thoroughly revised
  • Exterior presence and interior quality matches prestige Europeans
  • Lighter, wider, more aerodynamic new bodies
  • New 245 PS 3.0 litre six cylinder ‘boxer’ gives 147 mph top speed
  • More power, higher top speeds for 2.0 and 2.5 litre models
  • Dramatically better fuel economy – up to 7.1 mpg improvement (Legacy 2.5i automatic)
  • Spectacular CO2 cut throughout range
  • ‘Benefit-In-Kind’ tax reduction – Legacy 2.0i Sports Tourer down from 27 per cent to 20 per cent
  • Sweeter-sounding ‘burble’ from new ‘constant pulsation’ exhaust
  • New transmissions include five-speed auto with sequential shift for Legacy 3.0R saloon and Sports Tourer and Outback 3.0R
  • Greater ground clearance for crossover Outback – up from 190 mm to 200 mm
  • Standard active front head-restraints, dual-stage front airbags, head and chest-protecting side airbags, ABS with EBD. Curtain airbags available
Crisper to drive, cleaner to run and sleeker to look at – the completely new Legacy saloons, Sports Tourers and crossover Outbacks are now aimed unashamedly at leading prestige European marques.

On sale from November, the Legacy range starts at an identical £15,750 OTR as before for the 2.0i saloon.

However, other models show savings of up to £1,250 in the case of the Outback 2.5i (now £20,000 OTR), while the range-topping Legacy 3.0R starts at £24,250 for the saloon version.

Exterior styling for the new Legacy and Outback now has a confident new poise and presence and the interior ambience matches the best the sporting executive sector has to offer.

Meanwhile, the symmetrical all-wheel drive driving dynamics are even more involving than ever, with the horizontally-opposed ‘boxer’ engines and transmissions lowered and chassis and steering thoroughly revised for an outstanding ride and handling combination.

A new ‘flat-six’ 245 PS powerplant is fitted to the Legacy 3.0R saloon and Sports Tourer (estate) plus the Outback 3.0R, giving top speeds of 147 and 139 mph respectively.

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Published 11 October 2003 Melanie Carter

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