Subaru's new generation GT spec B offers more performance, more technology and fuel economy in a luxury package
The 2010 Legacy GT comes with Subaru's fulltime Symmetrical All Wheel Drive and low-slung turbocharged Subaru Boxer engine.
The 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine is now rated at 195kW, an 11kW improvement over the outgoing model. Torque has also risen from 339Nm to 350Nm, which is now produced 1200rpm lower down the rev scale from 2400rpm.
Subaru says the Legacy GT will reach the 0-100kmh mark in 6.2 seconds with its five-speed automatic transmission, while the six-speed manual gearbox model takes 6.3 seconds.?
Premium models feature voice-activated Satellite Navigation and a voice-activated Bluetooth telephone system. These functions are fully integrated into a 10-speaker McIntosh entertainment system that can be paired wirelessly with a Bluetooth audio device. A reversing camera and DVD entertainment system are also standard.
Technology standard on all models includes rain-sensing wipers, fully automated dusk-sensing xenon headlights, a smart key entry system with push button start, an alarm system, and DataDot security.
Safety features include seven airbags as standard, along with Vehicle Dynamics Control electronic stability and traction control, anti-whiplash front seats, front seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters, and four channel ABS brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. The car received a 5-star Occupant Safety Rating awarded by ANCAP
Leather upholstery on electrically adjustable front seats and a sunroof are standard throughout the range, as are a leather-covered steering wheel and gearshift.
The GT has a sports grille, front bumper and side skirts with 18-inch 15-spoke alloy wheels. It sits on Bilstein suspension.
"We have a world-leading engine combined with a world-leading All Wheel Drive system," says Graeme Woodlands, Managing Director of Subaru of New Zealand.
The technology has also improved fuel economy with overall fuel consumption reported at 9.7 litres/100km for the automatic version (an 11% improvement over the outgoing model) and 9.8 litres/100km for the manual (a 6.7% improvement). The New Zealand Automobile Association independently tested the manual version on a circuit from Auckland, around the Coromandel Peninsula and return achieving fuel economy of just 7.83 l/100km over the 430km travelled.
Legacy GT spec B starts at $59,990 for the sedan and $61,990 for the wagon. While the Legacy GT spec B Premium is $65,990 for the sedan and $67,990 for the wagon.
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