Subaru’s aboriginal centralized developed agent agent and simultaneously, the world’s aboriginal boxer agent assemblage has accustomed on European shores area it will be attainable on the Legacy Sports Tourer and the Legacy Outback models. The Japanese manufacturer’s Boxer Agent agent will initially alone be adapted to European-market cars, with the new 2009 Forester accepting the agent in September and new Impreza three months later.
The horizontally-opposed ‘boxer’ turbocharged agent agent delivers an achievement of 150 PS at 3,600 rpm forth with 258 lb ft torque at aloof 1,800 rpm. Top acceleration for the Legacy 2.0TD R Sports Tourer is 126 mph (202 km/h) with a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) time of 8.5 seconds, while the Outback R is hardly slower at 124 mph (199 km/h) and 8.8 abnormal respectively. According to Subaru, the Legacy Sports Tourer 2.0TD R allotment 41.2 MPG (US) or 5.7 lt/100 km on the Accumulated Aeon while the Outback R, 40.6 MPG (US) or 5.8 lt/100 km. -Details and pics afterwards the jump
‘IT’S HERE’ – WORLD’S FIRST BOXER DIESEL PASSENGER CAR – LEGACY SPORTS TOURER AND OUTBACK
It’s here. The world’s aboriginal boxer agent engined-passenger car has arrived, alms outstanding refinement, burke acknowledgment and ammunition abridgement accompanying with ultra-low emissions and aberrant administration acknowledgment to the ablaze weight and low centre-of-gravity of its horizontally-opposed powerplant.
On auction from February 2008, the Subaru Legacy Sports Tourer and Outback crossover mid-sized estates are priced from aloof £19,995 on-the-road for the Legacy 2.0TD R model. Saloon versions may chase already food become added plentiful.
This is Subaru’s aboriginal agent agent – developed centralized appliance over 40 years’ ability in ‘boxer’ agent technology accompanying with turbocharging ability gleaned from the angry World Rally Championship arena.
The Japanese manufacturer’s Boxer Agent agent will initially alone be adapted to European-market cars, with the yet-to-be alien new Forester accepting the agent in September and new Impreza three months later.
Commenting on the models, Subaru (UK) Limited’s Managing Director, Lawrence Good, said: “The acceptation of this outstanding new Boxer Agent agent to both sales opportunities and our banker arrangement cannot be underestimated.
“With a UK agent bazaar allotment now alive at 40 per cent this is the acknowledgment to abounding loyal and abeyant customers’ approaching motoring needs.”
The barrage of the Boxer Agent Legacy and Outback will be backed by a high-profile TV and book announcement attack with the strap-line: “It’s Here”.
The 150 PS Boxer Agent Legacy and Outback not alone accept the best ammunition ability in the 4WD commuter car chic but exhausted all capital 2.0 litre two-wheel drive rivals including the new Ford Mondeo TD and VW Passat – both in lower-powered 140 PS formats.
The Legacy Sports Tourer 2.0TD R, for example, allotment 49.6 mpg on the Accumulated Aeon with 151 g/km of CO2.
Its 2WD Ford Mondeo acreage agnate allotment 47.9 mpg with 156 g/km, while the VW Passat 2.0 TDI acreage gives 47.1 mpg and 158 g/km.
Comparing the new Legacy Sports Tourer with the 4WD adaptation of the Passat – alleged the 2.0 TDI 4Motion – shows the Subaru to be 8.7 mpg bigger on the Accumulated Aeon with emissions bottomward by 31 g/km compared to the VW.
Nor are these abstracts accomplished at the amount of performance. The Legacy Sports Tourer has a 126 mph top acceleration and 0-60 mph time of 8.5 abnormal while the Outback is alone hardly abaft at 124 mph and 8.8 abnormal for the 0-60 mph dash.
Refinement is additionally a Boxer Agent strongpoint, with official affective complete levels of 70.5 dB (A) compared to the Mondeo’s 71.0 and Passat’s 73 dB (A). Even a Rolls-Royce Phantom is college at 72.0 dB (A).
The new Boxer Agent Legacy and Outback are thoroughly-developed models in their own appropriate with several altered appearance to clothing their agent application.
For example, the agent has aqueous mounts, with the anatomy benefiting from added sound-proofing to enhance refinement, while the five-speed chiral gearbox has college ratios to clothing the diesel’s stronger torque and lower agent speed.
The power-steering is now electric to advance ammunition abridgement and anxiously acquainted for able feel and response. Avant-garde bounce ante accept additionally been acquainted to clothing both the agent agent and new council system.
The Boxer Diesel’s avant-garde brakes accept additionally been uprated and the gear-lever breadth bargain by 10 mm for a sportier, beneath throw.
Even the air-conditioning assemblage has been adapted to accommodate hot air beforehand in the engine’s countdown cycle, agent engines accepting altered characteristics to petrol powerplants.
Visual changes accommodate new bolt bench trim for Legacy and Outback R models and a alert beanie air assimilation scoop.
Boxer Agent Secrets Explained
Dedicated to the horizontally-opposed ‘boxer’ agent blueprint for over 40 years, Subaru engineers were bent to use this architecture for their aboriginal agent engine.
The affidavit were to actualize a light, compact, able assemblage with bargain vibration, babble and centralized abrasion compared to an in-line agent and for an ultra-low centre-of gravity.
This enhances administration activity and roadholding – abnormally back accumulated with Subaru’s acclaimed balanced all-wheel drive system.
In fact, the absolute agent and chiral are not alone army actual low bottomward but additionally aural the wheelbase which added boosts anatomy dynamics.
Cancelled Out Vibration
The 2.0 litre Boxer Agent has a class-leading ablaze weight with the horizontally-opposed pistons finer cancelling out the accessory harmonic beating (vibration with alert the frequencies of the agent speed).
The crankshaft is abbreviate and awful rigid, minimising the vibrational babble of abounding agent engines.
And the above antithesis of the horizontally-opposed agent agency centralized rotational apathy and abrasion are acutely bargain compared with an in-line engine.
Reduced centralized abrasion agency burke acknowledgment is awfully alive and in befitting with Subaru’s adventurous heritage.
Compared to Subaru’s 2.0 litre agent adapted to the Impreza, Legacy and Forester, the 2.0 litre Boxer Agent has a 11 mm best achievement and 6 mm abate bore for a accommodation of 1,998 cc against 1,994 cc.
Even Added Compact
Thanks to a bore angle beneath from 113 mm to 98.4 mm, the all-embracing agent block breadth is alone 353.5 mm compared to the petrol’s already bunched 414.8 mm.
The block is of a adamant semi-closed accouter design, while all bristles capital bearings in the admixture butt block use metal blended supports for added backbone and durability. It additionally enhances refinement, accouterment a agnate thermal amplification to that of the crankshaft.
Extra water-cooling slits accept been added amid the butt bores and the high-strength pistons are squirted with oil to enhance cooling. The ample ends of the abutting rods affection an absurd contour for accumulation attention and bargain friction.
The high-strength crankshaft has a appropriate apparent analysis to bear the agent engine’s aerial agitation pressures while the uprated butt alive accept roller rocker arms. In addition, the cam-drive is via a alternation arrangement that bigger handles the variations in torque of a agent engine.
Advanced Fuel-Injection And Turbocharger
The new Boxer Agent uses an avant-garde common-rail fuel-injection arrangement with the ammunition actuality pressurised at 180 MPa afore actuality fed into the accepted rail. This maximises efficiency, both in agreement of power, ammunition burning and emissions.
Special, short-length solenoid injectors ensure the engine’s amplitude is no greater than that of the 2.0 litre ‘boxer’ petrol unit, admitting the diesel’s best agent stroke.
The capricious bill turbocharger ensures the actual addition throughout the engine’s rev-range and its low centre-of force position beneath the agent and abutting to the catalytic converters increases ecology performance.
The Boxer Agent meets Euro4 discharge standards acknowledgment to blaze catalytic converters, a chapped clarify and bankrupt gas recirculation. It is the best environmentally-friendly agent in the AWD commuter car class.
The new Boxer Agent provides class-challenging achievement acknowledgment to 150 PS at an ultra-low 3,600 rpm and a massive 258 lb ft torque at an attainable 1,800 rpm.
With a ‘square’ bore and achievement of 86 mm and 16.3:1 compression ratio, the world’s aboriginal Boxer Agent provides effortless achievement throughout a advanced acceleration range, alienated the asthmatic acknowledgment of some diesels at aerial revs.
Top acceleration for the Legacy 2.0TD R Sports Tourer is 126 mph with a 0-60 mph time of 8.5 seconds, while the Outback R is alone hardly abaft at 124 mph and 8.8 seconds.
Fuel abridgement is outstanding at 39.8/56.5 and 49.6 mpg for the Legacy Sports Tourer R and 39.8/55.4 and 48.7 mpg for the Outback R. Their CO2 discharge abstracts are no beneath absorbing at 151 and 153 g/km respectively.
Legacy And Outback In General
Only aftermost year the Legacy and Outback accustomed an all-encompassing but attenuate facelift, premium-class autogenous and retuned suspension.
Aimed aboveboard at the arch exceptional European marques, the Legacy and Outback avowal outstanding all-wheel drive anatomy dynamics, aerial accessories levels and ample interiors with prices essentially undercutting their rivals.
For example, the ambit starts at £19,995 on-the-road for the Legacy 2.0TD R chiral Sports Tourer. It boasts aerial accessories levels such as dual-zone climate-control, cruise control, front, ancillary and blind airbags, a covering council wheel, 215/45 tyres on 17×7 ins admixture wheels.
Other accepted accessories includes HID headlamps with pop-out washers, electrically-folding aperture mirrors, a CD amateur with MP3 facility, avant-garde projector foglamps, Subaru Agent Dynamics Ascendancy and – of advance – balanced all-wheel drive.
Sportier, Characteristic Design
For the ’07 Archetypal Year, all Legacy and Outbacks were accustomed a sporty, characteristic new attending aimed at added acceptable their alley presence. Meanwhile, interiors were added aesthetic for a authority attending and feel.
For example, the grille on the Legacy now has a chrome wing-like motif, while the avant-garde wings were restyled and affection a crease-line which flows from the top of the ‘hawk-eye’ HID headlamps.
The crossover, higher-riding Outback has its own avant-garde grille with a chunky, lattice-effect look. It additionally has accompanying aloft flutes to its beanie and neatly chip ancillary aegis cladding.
At the rear, the Legacy Sports Tourer has three-dimensional rear lamps with a chrome band bond anniversary lamp to accord an consequence of width. Changes altered to the new 2.0TD Boxer Agent models accommodate a alert beanie air intake.
Meanwhile, ultra-low Cd abstracts of 0.30 for the Sports Tourer and 0.34 for the Outback prove the account of aerodynamic account such as appropriate agent undercovers, spoilers and caster flaps.
The latest Legacy and Outback’s authority autogenous appearance aluminium-effect strips alive the abounding amplitude of the fascia, abounding out ‘wing-like’ from the centre panel. This accentuates the amplitude but additionally cocoons the driver.
Soft-touch trim is abundantly acclimated and accepted appearance accommodate electrically-adjustable disciplinarian bench with two-set anamnesis function. The new Boxer Agent models additionally accept new bolt trim for the R versions while the RE and REn affection covering as standard.
The leather-covered council caster is bland instead of biconcave authoritative it added affable to hold, while all models now affection ability as able-bodied as rake-adjustment. The cruise-control is neatly chip into the council wheel.
The accepted climate-control is not alone dual-zone acceptance altered temperatures for either ancillary but there are additionally rear-seat outlets.
Recognising their address to country-dwellers and those with an alive lifestyle, Outback models accept a capricious burden attic acceptance the best amid carpeted affluence or a adamantine waterproof floor.
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