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Subaru Legacy GT- Is a turbo coming soon?

jim1969jim1969 Posts: 62
edited March 21 in Subaru
I recently read in a newspaper that Subaru will introduce turbos in both the Legacy and the Outback after the debut of the Forrester turbo. Any ideas of when this may happen?


  • wrxsoon1wrxsoon1 Posts: 158
    From all the research I've done and the salesman I've talked to at a local dealership, this should be happening this summer. I was told July or August for the redesigned Legacy with a turbo.

    Have you heard the news on the Forester? 2.5T with 210hp and 235lb-ft of torque. Using a version of the engine in the STi (with AVCS). Very cool. Future is bright for the Legacy!

    You also may want to check out the forums (especially the "News and Rumors" forum) at They've got some great discusions going on there on this very topic.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'm hoping we see the new Legacy in April at the NY show.

    The Forester makes things promising, absolutely. It's gonna be a torque monster.

  • mutcthmutcth Posts: 17
    I hope the new Legacy is shown at New York too, especially since I get to go during press days for work. It would help me make up my highly conflicted mind - Forester 2.5XT, wait for the Legacy GT turbo wagon, or buy a used Saab 9-5 to replace my Passat....

  • kernickkernick Posts: 4,072
    I've heard the Forester turbo version would be out next year, and it makes sense that the Legacy gets that. That'll be the 2.5L turbo.

    I've read on Motor Trend future vehicles section, that in 2005 there would be an STi version of the Legacy. I believe they're using the 6 cyl for this. HP will be in the mid-300's. I just wanted to make sure people realized this before plunking money down on the 2004 4-cyl turbo. If you're really looking for power and are willing to pay another $5K or so (pure speculation based on Impreza pricing), you'll want to wait.
  • wrxsoon1wrxsoon1 Posts: 158
    will be available in a couple of months, actually. It was shown at the Chicago Auto show.

  • wrxsoon1wrxsoon1 Posts: 158
    are now available at Not showing much but from what I can tell it looks like a beaut!

    Enjoy the suspense!

  • oregonboyoregonboy Posts: 1,653
    I have to say that I like the new front styling a lot. I could never warm up to the current Legasy "frowny-face". The new design looks serious but pleasent.

    (I have a whole theory about the SUV/light truck influence on agressive styling... but I won't go into that here).

  • cusafrcusafr Posts: 184
    Looks really good to me. Does anyone know when this will actually be available in USA?

  • gtlegacygtlegacy Posts: 1
    i believe has a 288hp bolt on turbo kit available for a 9099legacy if im not mistaken, im not sure if its for the 2.2liter or the 2.5 liter
  • wrxsoon1wrxsoon1 Posts: 158
    I don't think anyone (but Subaru) knows for sure when it is due in the U.S. I've heard everything from July/August 2003 to April/May 2004. Needless to say, rumors abound.

    What we do know for sure is that in Japan it is due to be released at the end of May. That and that they quit taking orders there (in Japan) for current Legacy's at least a month or two ago.

    I, too, am hoping for them to be released closer to the July/August '03 date as I'm in dire need (OK, not exactly true, more like dire WANT) of a new car with more room and zoom than my Civic coupe.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    james: we went the NY auto show, and the predominant new style consists of thicker pillars, less greenhouse. It's weird, back to blocky 80s styling, sort of. The cars look beefier I guess.

    Examples include the Dodge Magnum and Chrysler 300C.

  • luck11luck11 Posts: 425
    I like the new look. I'm going to be trading my 2000 OB next year and looking for a replacement...probably another AWD wagon. Wonder if the new OBs are going to pick up the same looks, and possibly come with Turbo. Hmmmmmm.
  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    "... we asked Mr. Cyphers about the new turbocharged Baja. The motor is intriguing, and we asked if it will find its way into any of the other Legacy-based models such as the Outback or the Legacy GT. He answered that the next-generation 2005 Legacy would begin sales in mid 2004, so the turbo motor will most likely not find its way into other current Legacys. He added that the potential for wider use in the next car is probable. While that sounds excellent, it is a bit disappointing to hear that a car like the Legacy GT, badly in need of a power boost, will not get an immediate solution. ..."

  • yugoboyyugoboy Posts: 161
    there is a god!!!! I wont sleep until it hit's our north american shore's!!!!!
  • wrxsoon1wrxsoon1 Posts: 158
    can be found here:



    Edit: OK, I can't seem to get it to link directly. I think you may have to register for with their site. Then scroll through and look for a section titled "Spy Videos". It's worth it though!
  • smo615smo615 Posts: 15
    If you go to the Subaru International site from the US page, there are photos and a press release on the Japanese version of the new Legacy. The press release is about 10 pdf pages of very specific info. The wagon version (turbo included) is on sale in Japan now, and the sedan comes out June 23rd. The most expensive model is over 30,000 yen. It sounds like it is very much improved over the current model. Lighter, wider track, more power, etc.
  • ajacat1ajacat1 Posts: 87
    I noticed that the torque will be something like 249 fp while the hp will be 276? What's up with that? What will acceleration look like? I'm used to a slightly higher torque no. than hp.

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,657
    we don't know what the US-spec Legacy turbo will be like. There are rumors that are all over the map in terms of power. It's just too early to tell at this point.

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