New Legacy And Outback - Crisper and Cleaner

New Legacy 2.0i S Sports Tourer

 

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.

Legacy and Outback exterior styling has a confident new poise and presence and the interior ambience matches the best the sporting executive sector has to offer.
  • 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
  • Brakes up to 50 per cent better thanks to complete revision
  • 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
  • Frankfurt unveiling, prices announced nearer November on-sale date
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.

The brakes are up to 50 per cent more effective following a complete rethink which includes revised initial pedal stroke and a fast-reaction servo mounted so rigidly to the bulkhead that flex is virtually eliminated.

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Published 20 September 2003 Melanie Carter

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