Subaru Never Had The Guts To Do Something Like This


It came close but didn't finish the job.

The Subaru Legacy used to be cool. Well, for one generation to be exact. From 2003 until 2009 the fourth generation Legacy was sold and to this day remains our favorite Subaru body style. Matt Farah’s, too. Yes, we like it better than any Impreza and related WRX and WRX STI. This Legacy just looked good, plain and simple. It was athletic, well-proportioned, and sized just right. There was even a non-Outback wagon version, a body style which has now been dropped. And Subaru nearly went all the way with the fourth generation Legacy wagon.

The GT trim came with the turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four straight from the US market Impreza WRX – only with an additional 20 hp. Heck, it even came with a manual transmission if you so wanted one. Imagine a manual-equipped wagon with almost 300 hp today that’s not an Audi. You can’t, can you?

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That’s why we’re digging this modified 2005 Legacy GT Wagon Farah took for a spin on this latest episode of The Smoking Tire. This is the Legacy wagon Subaru came close to doing but not quite. Its owner started with a bone stock used car and drove it back to Colorado from Ohio. Then the upgrades began. The engine, suspension and brakes were all given due attention, and the final result is not only a great family hauler, but also a track toy.