Subaru Legacy GT Now Makes 296 HP in Japan – Ruge’s Subaru

18 Jun

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We’ve known for months that Subaru was working on a turbocharged (and direct-injected) variant of its FB-series engine, and a couple weeks ago, the first application of it went on sale in Japan in the Legacy GT DIT sedan and wagon.

This engine displaces 2.0 liters, but unlike the naturally-aspirated, port-injected version in the Impreza, it’s not undersquare. Instead, it has an equal-length bore and stroke (86mm by 86mm) like the port-injected 2.0-liter in the BRZ and FR-S — plus direct injection and a twin-scroll turbocharger.

subaru_gt-dit_power_b.jpg The result is impressive: 296 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque from 2,000-4,800 rpm. Compare that to a mere 265 hp at 5,600 and 258 lb-ft from 2,000-5,200 from the port-injected 2.5-liter turbo in the now-discontinued, U.S.-spec Legacy GT sedan.

Mind you, Fuji Heavy Industries isn’t offering the new 2.0-liter turbo with a manual gearbox in sedan, but with a version of its CVT. That’s out of character for a GT-badged Legacy, but this car is less sporting than it used to be and, as Nissan has shown, CVTs tend to be a lot less annoying when you pair them with engines that have a ton of torque.

Now’s the point in the post when we start whining about the far less satisfying engine options on the U.S.-spec 2013 Legacy. But we’re confident that tightening fuel economy standards will force Subaru to offer this engine here eventually. FHI says it’s 20 percent more fuel-efficient than the old 2.5-liter turbo.

If true, that works out to something in the neighborhood of 25 mpg combined. That’s good for a heavy AWD car — so good we’ll be very surprised if this engine doesn’t replace the underperforming 3.6-liter H6 engine in the Legacy and Outback (and Tribeca?) come the 2014-2015 model year.

 

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