• May 16th 2006 at 2:05PM
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Given the somewhat lackluster response by consumers to Subaru's B9 Tribeca, the automaker's first 'real' crossover could probably use a little help. Enter COBB Tuning, a Subie-specific tuning house best known for ratcheting up the performance envelope of the WRX and Forester, has stepped in to augment the controversially-styled vehicle with improvements in three areas: Power, Control and Styling.

To that end, the tuners put together a Rotrex compressor-based supercharger setup with a side-mount air-to-air intercooler. Along with a reworked programmable ECU, the 3.0-liter flat-six generates 320 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of twist. To give the force-fed Tribeca a properly sporting tone, a COBB-designed cat-back set of pipework was fitted.

Given the bonus chutzpah, COBB wisely added big brakes (four-piston, 13" units) and a lowered, retuned suspension, along with a set of 20" x 9" Advan Connoisseurs in a bronze finish.

Of course, the B9's Achilles heel has arguably been its aesthetics. In an effort to clean up its visuals, their stylemeisters have added black mesh grille inserts, modified headlamps, and shaved the roof rack rails. According to COBB, the changes were inspired by "older Soviet MiG fighter planes," which may be a bit of stylistic hyperbole, but there's no denying that the reworked schnoz looks a good deal more aggressive than the factory's take.

Autoblog's staffers haven't had the opportunity to sample any of company's handywork first-hand, but we were there to watch a COBB-prepped 2004 Forester XT make an improbable run to a 14th place finish in One Lap Of America two years ago, and if Subaru won't oblige enthusiasts with an STi variant, this aftermarket solution ought to do the trick.

[Sources: COBB Tuning; One Lap of America]


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      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah, my first thoghts were will this supercharger set up work in the H-6 Outbacks, too?

      The Tribeca is growing on me, but the exterior design is not my favorite and doesn't do Subaru any justice. When I saw the Mazda CX-7, I said that's what the Tribeca should of looked like.

      I'm up for anyone adding more power to the weighty Tribeca.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The answer to a question no one is asking.
      • 9 Years Ago

      Between that and suicide....

      Well, someone get me a razor or some pills.

      • 9 Years Ago
      i'm a diehard subie fan and have my wrx modded to the hilt...but...

      the B9 is fugly and I'd rather have a forester sti in the garage instead of the cayenne OR the b9
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'd be more incline to drive that than the Porsche Cayenne.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Ford called, they want the edsel's grille back!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm more interested.

      The handling of the stock Tribeca was okay, but not superior enough to your standard issue people hauler to make it worth the loss of passenger and cargo space.

      My page for the Tribeca, with a link to my review:
      • 9 Years Ago
      I want one in my garage next to my Cobb STG-2 STi. I can have both, instead of just one WAY $$$ overpriced Porsche.
      -The STi
      • 9 Years Ago
      At first I hated it. But, it's growing on my (like a fungus?). It may actually be the first Subaru I've ever seen that didn't make me vomit. Okay, the new Legacy isn't bad but, all others make me ill.

      #6...yes, I think the Cayenne is fugly too.
      • 9 Years Ago
      still doesn't fix the ugly that car is smacked with, along with all new subarus that are infused with the inverted alra romeo-esque booger on the front.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think this is a good looking car. I too am a fan of the Cayanne but can understand that many may dislike both. Check out www.carster.com to see mroe car pictures!
      • 9 Years Ago
      What if the stuck a Mini grill on the front?
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