• Jun 10th 2008 at 6:02PM
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Subaru's Australian outpost is set to deliver a localized special edition Liberty GT (Liberty = Legacy) that's been upgraded with a laundry list of components from the STI catalog. The Liberty GT tuned by STI makes 260 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and will be made available with either a 6-speed stick or a 5-speed sportshift automatic. Brembos, Bilstein shocks, STI springs, a new muffler, lightweight Enkeis, and leather-and-Alcantara sport seats are but a few the features included in the 250-car limited edition, which is now on sale in Australia. Hey Subaru of America, where's the love like this for U.S. customers?

[Source: Subaru Australia]

Liberty GT Tuned for Perfection

Subaru's special edition Model Year 2008 Liberty GT tuned by STI has been released featuring multiple upgrades from the Subaru Tecnica International catalogue.

With an enhanced power output of 194 kW at 6000 rpm and 350 Nm of torque at 2800 rpm, this locally tuned variant also features STI suspension upgrades and interior treatments.

Bilstein shock absorbers, featuring damping ratios unique to STI, enhance stroke feeling, linear control and produce a flatter ride.

The rear suspension kit contains partial ball bearing-jointed bushes, suppressing suspension friction to achieve high lateral rigidity, further improving road holding.

STI springs lower the car by 5mm.

Brembo brakes (four pot front, two pot rear) are painted black, complementing the sports styling. A stainless steel mesh-type brake hose is added, enhancing response and ensuring high braking performance.

12-spoke, 18-inch ENKEI wheels with STI badging are 2.5 kilograms lighter than standard Liberty GT wheels and are available in a new colour � luminosity silver.

The front grille treatment is unique to the model as is exterior "tuned by STI" badging.

Front lip and rear boot STI spoilers suppress lift, improve aerodynamics and increase stability when driving at speed. A sports muffler with new tip design completes the exterior upgrades.

Inside, leather and alcantara front seats feature a cherry red STI logo. Designed with a balance of firmness and suppleness they provide support and reduce fatigue during long distance driving.

An eight-way power driver�s seat with memory settings is also featured.

The instrument cluster includes the speedometer featuring STI logo and new STI sill plates are used on all door openings.

Vehicles are available in sedan and wagon, six-speed manual and five-speed SPORTSHIFT automatic variants, in a choice of black, silver, grey and white.

Recommended retail pricing:

Manual sedan $65,990
SPORTSHIFT automatic sedan $65,990
Manual wagon $67,990
SPORTSHIFT automatic wagon $67,990
Dealer delivery and statutory charges are additional.

Only 250 Liberty tuned by STI vehicles will be built.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      +1 for the Legacy being "just right". Its absolutely perfect for me. I've driven large, and small cars. There's something just right about the Legacy platform. I have an 05 LGT Limited wagon. It is all I want in a car - from the right mix of comfort, luxury, durability and utility to great, great fun on the road.

      Now, the fact that the Legacy wagon is gone in the states... is an awful shame.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Also - frameless windows are a safety feature:

      - doors are less likely to get stuck in an accident
      - more metal can be put into frame where it actually does something

      Subaru has used frameless windows for exactly these reasons. It's been those whining mobile appliance operators like Benfolio who made them switch.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Majority of car buyers buy mobile appliances as Toyota and Honda and other boring cars. Subaru is not gonna become of them and if they try to go after the market they are foolish.

        And as a Subaru owner you would do better for the brand by not repeating this "quirky" BS invented by press in 80s that still lingers. These cars are not quirky, but ingeniously designed, with excellent engine design and other features that set them apart and ABOVE the sea of boring mobile appliances.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't get me wrong, I love my LGT. But I can see why "normal" people don't buy them.

        As is with ANY specific marketed car, it's not going to sell well, the company won't make money, and they will change what few people love to please the majority.

        Besides, I own/owned two of the best frameless window cars ever.

        My '95 Neon and my current '97 Legacy 2.5GT.

        Besides the fact that they always get fingerprints on them, are a PITA to adjust if you get wind noise, and are not all that theft deterrant, I could care less if my car had them or not.

        But the majority of NORMAL car buyers will.

        Just sayin'.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Do want.

      Would be perfect parked between the Legacy GT and the STI.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If you mean at the dealership, I agree.

        If you mean in your driveway, I hate you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is hands down the best looking front fascia that I've on Subie. Very nice. Now bring it over to US.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've always liked the LGTs, but that pricing is in Australian currency, right? Right?!?!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes. The taxes on cars in Australia are insane; every time I've looked, cars have been ~2x what they are here (well, "here" for me...) in the US.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yea, those are defiantly aussi prices.... and, with the "recommended price" being over 52k you are looking at a "luxury car tax" on it as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      America can't get sh*t.
      • 7 Years Ago
      agreed DKB! (you don't happen to belong to lgt.com, do you?)

      And that looks sick!!! Great looking car! Take that, Camry SE! haha
        • 7 Years Ago
        Seconded from a sedan stand point, and also a forum member. (IWSS)

        Now not even Canada gets the Legacy GT Limited, in sedan or wagon form, only a few Spec B sedans.

        I could find no manual transmission Legacy GT sedans when I was ready to buy, and ended up buying used on the east coast, and driving it back to Iowa.

        Maybe I'll upgrade to a used '09 GT Spec B, and up-convert it to the same specs as the "Tuned by STI, or as close as I can get to an S402 in the aftermarket... But I don't see any of that coming to the US officially. Sadly.

        I thought the Spec B was a bit over-priced with only one or two colors available, but now they've opened up the color palette slightly for '09, and the $45k Saab 9^3 Turbo X makes the Spec B look like a bargain. The S402 would SMOKE the Saab for $45k, if it even would cost that much in the US.

        The Tuned By STI model, though, is actually what the Spec B should be, and what we know as the Spec B should be at the GT Limited's $29k price point.

        The wagon situation is abysmal, but short of a CTS wagon, or a new A4 Avant, or the SportCombi, and underwhelming, expensive 3-series, and the now cancelled Magnum, I am not sure what else even comes close...

        Sad also that Subaru cut one of the only options on the market, they had a niche to themselves, that had they advertised it cleverly, and made them available for factory order, (even if they don't like keeping them in dealer stock) they could have had a little bit of affordable niche market going there for AWD sport wagons that beat the snot out of CUVs, performance wise.
        • 7 Years Ago
        yes, I'm a member at legacygt.com and will remain so as long as my lovely '05 holds out, but I'll probably go to another brand for my next wagon. The new WRX isn't terrible, especially in STI trim, but it's more hatch than wagon and I use the wagon aspect of my car pretty regularly. The new Forester is bigger than I like, and auto-only for the turbo engine (what the HELL are they smoking?) and is as tippy-tall as the Outback anyway. So, my next wagon is likely to be an A4 Avant, 3-series Touring or a SportKombi. Oh, and there's that CTS Wagon rumor... funny that most of the wagons available these days are high-dollar sport-luxomobiles. At least the Legacy seems like it's going to last a long time.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You poor whiny wimps. You don't know too much but you do like to whimper so.

      This car was the 2006 LGT Spec. B. They made 500 of them for the USA.

      It had 18 inchers with RE 050's, aluminum suspension arms, yellow Bilsteins in each corner and stainless rocker covers on the outside. On the inside, it had the best Subaru interior ever: Brick red leather sport seats (power and heat), black doors with red inserts and aluminium trim. Heated windscreen and mirrors, navigation and a 5-MT. Also, limited slip front and rear diffs. I think the rear is a torsen and of course, this marks the period whre Suby was moving from front biased torque distribution to rear biased..so it doesn't handle so much like a truffle hunting pig (see A4). All this car was/ is missing is a jack for the iPod.

      So we have had that, albeit the front clip on this one from down under is very nice.

      I have #390 of 500 and it is a beauty. Sorry that you all missed it. But had you been cognizant of it you, undoubtedly would have found some way to piss on it as not being good enough for you...or being too expensive or having no window frames or no DSG.

      What a bunch of whiners!

      You'll all obviously vote for some whiny presidential candidate since you are all nancy boys.
        • 7 Years Ago
        This is not quite the same as the Spec B (and I almost bought one myself; I chose to go with a STI Limited instead; I didn't want to have any kind of warranty questions come up as a result of bringing the Spec B up to STI power levels, and I wanted something a bit faster than the stock Spec B, so...). It has more power (albeit marginally and that may just be due to variations in Australian spec vs. US spec), and the front bumper is different, as you mentioned. And I'm reasonably sure-but not certain-that the Spec B didn't get the Brembos or the Enkei wheels.

        Either way though... I've tossed around the idea of picking up an 08 Spec B as a daily driver; I don't get to drive the LGT we have very often, and it's a slushbox anyhow, and I don't like putting 7k miles/yr on my STI as it's a Limited.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love the car but concerned about one thing. I heard from a friend that the Liberty/Legacy will change shape soon. Does anyone know anything about this? when?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I believe it is due for a redesign with the 2009 model year....ergo the launch of the Exiga.
      • 7 Years Ago
      see, why can't we get something like this in the US ...NO we get a new stupid Cobalt sad...
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's interesting to see what they have been doing with an 18 year old platform that they sell world-wide. It's now a half size smaller than its competition, so the AWD upcharge isn't as big a bargain anymore.
        • 7 Years Ago
        An 18 year old platform??? The Legacy and Outback were significantly re-designed in 2004/2005. It is not an 18 year old chassis the way some of the GM front drivers are, or like the 30+ year old ford Panther platform is.

        Subaru doesn't re-invent the wheel every time they re-design a car, but that doesn't mean the chassis is old. I doubt it would have gotten the highest safety ratings possible in the last few years, if the chassis were that old.

        I LIKE the fact that my 2005 Legacy GT is not a friggin boat like a Camry. aside from a very FEW tiny considerations, it is almost the perfect size, and it weighs less than most cars in that class, less than 3500lbs.

        I am not sure how AWD can be considered an Upcharge, when it is mandatory. You can't delete that option. You can't directly say that everything correlates to other cars in it's class, either, because there is more different than just AWD compared to other cars.

        Look at the Acura TSX. It has gotten bigger, certainly not lighter, uglier, still only has ~200hp, and FWD. For $29k.

        The Legacy GT Limited also MSRPs for about the same price. With 50 more horsepower and loads more torque, standard AWD that is better than SH-AWD, which isn't even available on the TSX.

        Acura can keep the NAV and Bluetooth. (I can use my earpiece or add aftermarket bluetooth if it is that important.) I'll take the turbocharger, manual transmission, and truly capable AWD, and we'll see how the TSX manages foul weather, or how fun it is to drive.

        Considering that my car is tuned to 300hp, has a manual transmission that hardly anyone else still offers, and AWD that is better than any optional system on a comparable car (even Audi A4, since they ditched the rear torsen LSD, and went to brake-based torque distribution. Legacy still uses a mechanical or viscous limited slip)

        I would say it is a smokin' value, and a bargain compared to any car that can approach the technical specs.

        I'd love more amenities, but in a blizzard, or rainstorms like we are having this spring, no amenities can touch real, honest AWD, and my car is faster, and probably more fun than just about anything short of $45k performance machines or better.

        I'd say that is a bargain for a new car. An even better bargain for a used car that is already paid for.

        And my car isn't as well suspended with bilsteins and STI springs, or shod with better Brembo brakes, as the STI-tuned cars are, nor does it have the 6-speed manual that they, and the Spec B legacys do. That much the better for those models.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You're right about the "right size." My comment had to do with competitive size vs. same price vehicles. BTW, the TSX has a tiny back seat. And, I've had six Legacy's since 1980. I do my own service. Stuff's been rearranged, but it's still the same ride. Especially nice for oil changes!
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