Some 30 years ago, Subaru introduced the Legacy Turbo. It would help elevate the brand’s image to a level that had until then eluded them. The Turbo and technology aboard the new car may do it again.
Before we talk about the new 2020 Subaru Legacy Turbo introduced today at the Chicago Auto Show, let’s keep talking about the old Turbo.
It was black, it had a spoiler, AWD, looked racy and with its 160-horsepower, it was quick at the time. For the 2020 model year, the Turbo has returned thanks to the new 2.4-liter turbocharged flat-4 that first saw duty in the popular new 2019 Ascent large midsize 3-row crossover.
To say we love the engine in the SUV is an understatement. To think that we might once more fall for the Legacy sedan seems more than possible now. The fact that this car is now based on the excellent Subaru Global Platform will not go unnoticed either.
The 260-horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque mill replaces the aging 3.6-litre H6 as the top-line engine. While on paper the H6 was strong, performance was, um, meh. The 2.4T and well-sorted CVT will certainly change all that.
Also important to note is the arrival of an all-new enormous, vertically oriented 11.6-inch Starlink multimedia infotainment system which will be standard in the top trims. Through this tablet-like touchscreen display, entertainment, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and HVAC will also be accessible.
Physically, the car changes little but that matters not. The Turbo is back! And we think it’ll be in the next WRX and STI too. Maybe even the Forester…