• May 15, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Subaru Legacy STI S402.

Subaru is taunting us again with yet another limited-edition model that we'll likely never see Stateside. The Legacy STI S402 will be limited to (appropriately) 402 units in both sedan and wagon trim, featuring the STI's turbocharged, 2.5-liter flat-four. Unlike some of the other "special" Subies, the S402 Legacy means business. To begin with, the front fenders have been widened by 20mm, the steering ratio has been reduced to 13:1 and Bilstein shocks are fitted at all four corners, along with 18-inch BBS wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE050A rubber. The brakes have been upgraded to units from Brembo, with six-piston calipers up front and two-pot calipers in the rear gripping upgraded rotors. Aside from all the required badging, Subaru has fitted new gauges to the IP, along with a MOMO steering wheel and aluminum shift knob.

Sales begin in Japan on June 27th, with prices starting ¥5,491,500 for the wagon and ¥5,355,000 for the sedan. We'll take one of each, thank you very much.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone else thinks it sort of looks like an Acura TSX/TL? I think this is what Acura should have done... it's much more TSX but with cues from the TL. Perfect!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man, what a beautiful car... I want one! It makes my pants too tight.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why oh why does every single car have to have that lame side vent now? Yes, some are actually used, but 95% of them are not.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is not completely Subaru's fault. It's the buyers' fault for being lazy and only a very small percentage of people interested in a manual transmission or being lazy and not wanting to shift "all the time" when driving on the highway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The STI gets uglier. Sedan looks like a corolla.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't know what planet you live on, but every comment of yours on this site is usually filled with misinformation or outright ignorance.

        The Legacy pictured above has been around since 2004 as an 05 model. The sedan has always looked like that and aside from a minor front facia facelift the car remains visually identical to its initial offering. As for the STi gets uglier, not only is STi not a single car, this is a huge leap ahead of the current impreza STi hatchback. That's like saying.. //M gets Uglier.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      A much more cohesive effort than the latest Impreza STi mish-mash, shame Subaru have fallen for the Starter button wank and have left SuperIdiot-Drive in.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's one expensive 4 cylinder wagon yet it's somehow calling to me....must resist......nOOOoooO
      • 6 Years Ago
      STi never shows the US any love. Didn't they make a STi Forester edition? From what I recall that was badass too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, but all they brought to the US was the "Sport" which at least in the previous iteration had the WRX engine with an available 5MT. I had thought the new Forester might be enough to keep me in Subarus when my '05 LGT Wagon needs to be replaced, but it's big, tall and 4-speed-slushbox only for the turbo engine.

        I really, REALLY like both our Subarus (partner's '06 WRX Ltd. wagon and my LGT) but the big dog's travel kennel doesn't fit in the back of a sedan, and I don't want a pretend-SUV tall/tippy Outback. I'll buy a BMW Touring, or go back to VAG and get an Audi wagon before I drive a plastic-clad jacked-up pretend-SUV.
      • 6 Years Ago
      any chance this is the next USDM legacy spec.B?
      • 6 Years Ago
      With a de-tuned EJ25 STi motor in that puppy...*whistles*

      Forget the Impreza hatch, I want a WAGON
        • 6 Years Ago
        That isn't detuned. The S402 is full STI power from the factory.

        My 2005 GT limited has a "detuned", and then aftermarket "re-tuned" EJ25 STI motor.

        The only difference is the turbo, rotated top-mounted intercooler, and aluminum intake manifold, and the computer program. THAT IS IT.

        If you can find a 2005 or 2006 GT Limited wagon, it can be yours.

        But not the S402, no... they couldn't sell more of those outside of Japan... [/sarcasm]
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, that is NOT the only difference in the powerplants of the USDM LGT and the STi-powered cars. There is a completely different intake manifold (for example, those of us with the STi don't have your plastic manifold that comes on the LGT), different pistons, water injection, THE ENTIRE DRIVELINE (transmission is a 6sp, yours is 5.. it has DCCD and you have SAWD...), and many other changes to the mechanics of the vehicle.

        Saying they are the same, and you can flash it up to the STi is bordering on daft.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I MENTIONED THE MANIFOLD, that the STI's was aluminum.

        BTW, the plastic manifold flows just as much as the STI aluminum part does, and weighs less. AND can be rotated without relocating the alternator.

        Pistons are the SAME.

        Granted it doesn't have water injection, but I wasn't aware that ALL STIs got water injection, either.

        The turbo, intercooler, and intake manifold, as well as the ECU program, are the major differences between the engines. THAT IS THE TRUTH. The long block is the SAME.

        And we weren't talking about the drivetrain, we were talking about the ENGINE.

        In the Drivetrain department, the S402 has ALL of the STI drivetrain parts, save DCCD, rather having Variable Torque Distribution (VTD), which is the same thing as DCCD's automatic mode, without it's manual mode option. The GT Spec B has the 6-Speed with VTD, as well, although still falls well short of the S402, in other ways, mostly colors, non-upgraded turbo, and brakes.

        If you look at the gallery, the S402 has a unique turbocharger, probably similar specs to the model that is used on the STI, with the outlet orientation for the Legacy's cross-flow intercooler, rather than the STI's split-downflow intercooler.

        And YES, despite a Legacy-specific turbo and intercooler, and a *gasp* plastic intake manifold, my Legacy is re-flashed to a very similar power level to a stock WRX STI. I re-flashed it to stage II, and I drive it EVERY DAY. Get this, I also get better gas mileage than stock. :D

        If you think the Legacy GT and Spec B are that night-and-day different than the WRX and WRX STI, you may be the one with the borderline daft understanding.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I so want this friggin car. Damn.

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